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Community Infrastructure Levy bidding and spending

If you have any queries regarding CIL please contact us on the following:

CIL.Lewes@Lewes-Eastbourne.gov.uk for Lewes related CIL enquiries

CIL@Lewes-Eastbourne.gov.uk for Eastbourne related CIL enquiries

Latest News - Autumn 2023

We are pleased to announce that the CIL Expressions of Interest Round for Lewes District Council will open on the 18th November 2023.

Infrastructure Providers who are delivering infrastructure to address the demands that development places on an area, are invited to make an EOI after the 18th November 2023. Successful EOIs (that meet the criteria of infrastructure providers and address demands that development place on the area) will be invited to make a full bid in January 2024.In order to make a full bid, applicants, must have completed the Expression of Interest Form.

We are currently offering training sessions to Infrastructure Providers.

Please contact us at CIL.Lewes@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk for further information on training sessions and how to make an Expression of Interest. 

CIL and S106 Annual Reporting

Lewes and Eastbourne will publish an annual report by the 31st December each year which includes the total receipts and expenditure for the financial year, and a summary of the items of infrastructure to which CIL has been applied. Until 2019, details of CIL monitoring have been published in both Eastbourne and Lewes Councils' Authority Monitoring Report. From 2020, both Councils are required to prepare an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement to include:

  • the Infrastructure List: a statement of the infrastructure projects or type of infrastructure which may be wholly or partly funded by CIL. This will replace the Regulation 123 list.
  • the CIL Report
  • the Section 106 Report

The two authorities have different governance arrangements for how the CIL Revenue is distributed, as shown below, and subsequently spent. This is partly due to the fact that Lewes is fully parished, where Eastbourne does not have any parishes.

The CIL Revenue for Lewes is apportioned twice. Firstly 15% (or 25% with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan) is passed to the relevant parish or town council. 5% is set aside for the purpose of administering the implementation of CIL. Secondly, the remaining CIL Revenue is broken down into three different pots:

  • 70% to the strategic pot;
  • 20% to the local pot primarily for towns and parishes to deliver their local projects; and
  • 10% to the community pot, of which 1% is allocated to small projects

The CIL Revenue for Eastbourne is distributed into three separate funds:

  • 5% to an administration fund;
  • 15% to a neighbourhood fund; and
  • 80% to a county council and other infrastructure providers fund. 

Currently there are not sufficient funds held by Eastbourne Borough Council which justify opening the pots for spending.  However, this will be monitored regularly and an update to the website will be made once a decision has been made to open an Expression of Interest Round for Eastbourne CIL.

We have produced a variety of CIL Bidding and Spending guidance documents to help you understand the process and framework for how CIL funding will be governed, which can be found below in the Downloads section. The Downloads section also provides Neighbourhood CIL Reports from Town and Parish Councils that received the neighbourhood portion of CIL.