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

CIL Expressions of Interest

We are pleased to announce that the CIL Expressions of Interest Round for Lewes District Council, will open on Monday 24 January 2022 and remain open for 4 weeks, closing on the 21 February 2022.

You may submit an Expression of Interest by completing the attached form and emailing back to us at 

As we are currently working from home it is much preferred that it is emailed in rather than posted.

Alternatively, please contact us at we may register you on our online software Inovem, which allows you to complete the form online.

To be eligible to pass the CIL EOI stage and make a formal CIL Bid, the EOI form must be completed. The project must also meet the following requirements of the CIL Regulations to qualify to submit a formal bid:

  • The project must be for infrastructure and:
  • Development in the area must have resulted in a need for this infrastructure.

When completing your Expressions of Interest please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries regarding the form or your project. 

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.

CIL Bidding EOI Form

CIL Bidding EOI Form
Summary: Expression of Interest Form for LDC CIL Bidding
File Size: 29KB
Type: Files / Images
Created: 26 May 2020
Last Modified: 26 May 2020