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Community Infrastructure Levy bidding and spending

If you have any queries regarding CIL please contact us on the following: for Lewes related CIL enquiries for Eastbourne related CIL enquiries

Community Infrastructure Levy Expressions of Interest 2020 – Closed 10th August 2020

Lewes District Council are now in a position to advise that the Formal Bidding Round for the Community Infrastructure Levy will now go ahead in late August of this year. 

The Expression of Interest Round will therefore close in 4 weeks time on Monday the 10th August at 11:59pm. If you wish to be considered to be invited to make a formal bid for funds from the Strategic, Local and Community Pots an Expression of Interest MUST be submitted prior to the closing deadline. Expression of Interest that are made after this date will be considered in the 2021 CIL Bidding Round.  

Expressions of Interest can be made by completing the CIL Expression Of Interest Form or by submitting the online questionnaire through consultation software Inovem. There is a link to the Expression of Interest page below: 

Lewes District Council CIL Bidding Expression Of Interest 2020

When completing the EOI it is important to full explain why development has resulted in a need for this infrastructure and exactly what infrastructure it is proposed that CIL will pay for.  Please also use the training material below which will assist you when completing the EOI. If you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Community Infrastructure Levy - bidding and spending 

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 (AMR). 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 of 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.

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.