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.

From the overall Community Infrastructure Levy that is allocated from Bath developments, 15% of the receipts are allocated to the neighbourhood portion of CIL for Bath. 

Who can apply for the neighbourhood portion of CIL funds?

  • No funding will be allocated to any applicant until the full application process and the Councils sign off procedure has been completed. 
  • Any organisation or any individual on behalf of an organisation can submit an application for local CIL funding.
  • All applications must be for projects that are located within the Bath City Boundary.
  • Funding for successful projects will be paid by bank transfer into the organisations bank account.
  • All applications need to be submitted using the  Bath Express Application Form (for projects under £5,000) or the Full Application Form (for projects over £5,000)

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.  Applicants will be required to provide evidence that the needs of the community have been listened to before applications will be considered.
  • When approving projects these 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 neighbourhood portion of CIL for Bath can be used to support the development of the City of Bath through the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintainance of infrustructure. Funding can be used for a wide range of projects but all of these need to demonstrate that they are addressing the demands that development places on the City of Bath.

  • Physical Infrastructure: e.g. highways, transport links, cycle ways, energy supply, water, flood alleviation, waste management
  • Social and Wellbeing: 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 which CIL projects get the go-ahead?

Bath is a City that does not have a Parish or Town Council, it was agreed by The Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council that a CIL for Bath Panel are appointed by Bath and North East Somerset Council and 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 and since then the CIL for Bath Panel has awarded over £1.24 million towards 42 projects. A dashboard map has been developed which shows the locations, details and the stages that successful applications have reached - click here to view the dashboard. 

The panel is currently reviewing the membership and terms of reference, this should be completed by March 2022.  Applications that have been submitted prior to January 2022 will be discussed the next time that the panel sits (the 20th January 2022 meeting will be reschedlled fot a date in March 2022 (TBC).  Further applications can be submitted but will not be discussed by the panel until the second meeting of the year (July 2022 - TBC)

How do I submit an application for a Bath Neighbourhood CIL Project?

CIL for Bath Application Forms are available on this website alongside the criteria notes for the application process. Completed forms need to be returned to Mark Hayward, Community Engagement, First Floor The Guildhall, Bath BA1 5AW or e-mailed to mark_hayward@bathnes.gov.uk  

Applications are reviewed by the Community Engagement Team who also seek advice from the Councils Legal Team on applications meeting the regulations.

Applications that meet the neighbour CIL regulations will be added to the Councils Website at least ywo weeks before the panel meeting takes place. This will allow the public to make comments on each project application. 

What happens once the CIL for Bath Panel has agreed a successful application?

Where a project requires resources or support from Bath and North East Somerset Council Service Areas, advice must be sought and agreed with the relevant officers to schedule an effective delivery date. 

All projects will follow the normal Bath and North East Somerset Council process for signing off of reports before the Council Leader will be asked to make a single member decision to agree the spending for the neighbourhood portion of CIL for Bath. 

What happens once the Bath and North East Somerset Cabinet member has signed off a project?  

All projects will be required to complete a funding and monitoring grant agreement before funds will be transfered. The project will receive the agreed funds subject to the agreement of the terms and conditions within the Neighbourhood Portion of CIL for Bath Criteria Document. 

What projects in Bath have recieved neighbourhood CIL funding? 

We have developed a dashboard map which shows the locations, the details and the stages that succesful applications have reached - click here to view the dashboard 

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