Community Infrastructure Levy – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council
On 22 March 2022, Mole Valley District Council’s Cabinet will consider proposals to change how Community Infrastructure Levy is spent.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy placed on development in the district. The size of the levy paid to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) by a developer depends on the size of that development. The money received can be spent by MVDC on a wide range of infrastructure. The Cabinet is committed to ensuring that future investment in infrastructure using CIL funding aligns with the needs of residents.
The money received through CIL payments is divided into a number of funds that MVDC allocates as required, including a strategic fund, a fund for Parish Councils and neighbourhood CIL. The strategic fund has been set aside for the provision of infrastructure to support development put forward in the Local Plan. Now the Local Plan has been submitted for examination, the Cabinet will be asked to allow bids for that money to be made; prioritising schemes that address education, highways, flooding and health.
Parish Councils can decide what to spend their allocation of CIL funding on, provided it is related to infrastructure. The neighbourhood CIL allocation is reserved by MVDC for small-scale projects. The Cabinet is set to consider a new method of bidding for those funds to help ensure money is allocated in a more flexible manner on infrastructure that meets the needs of residents and wider communities in areas that requires it as a result of an increase in the number of homes.
Councillor Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, MVDC’s Cabinet Member for Project, said: “Currently, spending of CIL money has probably not reflected broader priorities or sufficiently met the requirements of residents. We want to change that and make funding work better, providing key infrastructure to support the development currently putting pressure on existing infrastructure; be that pedestrian and cycle routes, public and community transport, road safety measures and improvements to green space.
“We want to ensure that a broad range of bids for CIL funding can come forward and they can be considered with a renewed collective understanding of the needs in our communities. We believe the best way to do this is by changing the way we govern the allocations of the funds we hold.”