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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


The next CIL Bidding Round for Lewes District Council is expected to open early 2022. This will begin with an Expressions of Interest Round which will determine if a project meets the criteria to make a bid. To be eligible, the project must be infrastructure that addresses the demand that development has placed on the area. If an EOI is successful, the provider will then be invited to submit a formal bid.  Bids are then assessed by the CIL Management and CIL Executive Board with final decision being made by Cabinet.

In autumn 2021 there will be an Infrastructure Training Session provided for those wishing to understand more about the bidding process and what information may be required.  If you would like to be added to the invitation list please contact

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 (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.