The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

15% from the total Community Infrastructure Levy is allocated to Bath, this sum of money is known as the neighbourhood portion of CIL. 

What are the criteria for using the neighbourhood portion of CIL funds?

  • Projects must address the specific impacts of the new developments from which the funding has been generated.
  • Projects must provide links to the locality of the area where development has taken place.
  • Projects must receive community support.  You will be required to provide evidence that the needs of the community have been listened to before you submit your expression of interest.
  • Approval to projects must show that they either: (i) support the development of the relevant area by funding the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure or (ii) anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on the area.

The three broad categories for infrastructure that are to be used when considering applications for funding are:

  • Physical Infrastructure: e.g. highways, transport links, cycle ways, energy supply, water, flood alleviation, waste management
  • Social Infrastructure: e.g. education, health, social care, emergency services, art and culture, sports halls, community halls, faith, crematoria
  • Green infrastructure: e.g. parks, woodlands, play areas, public open space

Who decides on what CIL projects get the go-ahead?

As Bath is a City that does not have a Parish or Town Council, therefore it was agreed by Bath and North East Somerset Council that The Bath City Forum will act as the body where projects are submitted and assessed on behalf of the Community. 

The first recommendations were considered at the meeting which took place in November 2017. Additional meetings will take place every two months to consider and recommend funding for further projects.

How do I submit an expression of interest for a Neighbourhood portion of CIL project?

Expressions of interest forms are available on this website alongside the criteria notes for the process.

What happens once the Bath City Forum has agreed on a successful expressions of interest?

Where a projects requires resources from Council Service Areas for delivery of the project, advice must be sought and agreed with the relevant officers to schedule an effective delivery date. 

All projects will follow the normal B&NES Council process for signing off of reports before the Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods will be asked to make a single member decision to agree the spending for Bath. 

What happens once Bath and North East Somerset Cabinet members have signed off a project?  

The project will receive the agreed funds subject to the agreement of the terms and conditions within the criteria document. All projects will be required to complete a funding agreement before funds will be paid.

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