Community Infrastructure Levy bidding and spending

CIL Bidding Round Summer 2019 –Lewes District Council

The current CIL Bidding Round is now open and is running from 12pm on the 3 rd June until 12pm on the 15 th July 2019.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations allow local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects. The purpose is to help fund the provision of infrastructure needed to support development in their area.

The Lewes District Council CIL Charging Schedule has been implemented in the areas of the district that lie outside the South Downs National Park since 1 December 2015. By becoming a Charging Authority, the Council also has the responsibility for ensuring infrastructure is delivered to support the growth in the district.

When we receive money raised from CIL, 5% is allocated to administrative costs and 15% must be passed to Town and Parish Councils (this rises to 25% in areas with an adopted neighbourhood plan). We are inviting for bids for funding from the remaining CIL Income.

Funds available as of May 28th 2019
County pot District pot Community pot
 £585,989.49 £305,136.83  £678.329.83

Bids submitted in the District and Community Pots will be reviewed  by the Management Board in September 2019 to make recommendations to the Executive Board. 

The Executive Board will meet in September 2019 to review the recommendations made by the Management Board and assess bids received for the funds available in the County Pot.

The recommendation of the Executive Board will be presented to Cabinet on 28th October 2019 who will ultimately decide which infrastructure projects will be awarded CIL funding.

For more information on this please do not hesitate to contact

Community Infrastructure Levy - bidding and spending

Under Regulation 123 of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations councils are required to publish a list of relevant infrastructure "that intends will be, or may be, wholly or partly funded by CIL".

Subject to the requirements of the CIL Regulations, the council cannot require infrastructure to be funded through a planning obligation (Section 106 Legal Agreement) which it is proposing to fund through CIL.

Lewes and Eastbourne will publish an annual report by the 31st December 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.

As Eastbourne is a borough council and Lewes is a district council they have different governance for how CIL Revenue is distributed and subsequently spent.

The CIL revenue for Lewes is apportioned twice. Firstly 15% (or 25% with a Neighbourhood Plan) is passed straight to the relevant parishes/towns. 5% is passed into an administration pot. Secondly the remaining CIL revenue is broken down into three different pots:

  • 20% to the community pot
  • 20% to the district pot
  • 60% to the county pot

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

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

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.

CIL Monitoring

The CIL Regulations require a charging authority to:

"Prepare a report for any financial year ("the reporting year") in which -

  1. it collects CIL, or CIL is collected on its behalf, or
  2. an amount of CIL collected by it or by another person on its behalf (whether in the reported year or any other) has not been spent"

Charging authorities must publish a report on their website by 31st December each year for the previous financial year. Details of CIL monitoring have been published in both Eastbourne and Lewes Councils Authority Monitoring Report (AMR).