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 grant funding will be allocated to applicants until the full application process and the Councils sign off procedure has been fully 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)
  • All applications will be published on the Council consultation website to allow the public to input their comments. 

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 Advisory Panel has awarded over £1.27 million towards 40 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 the community funding map

A revised process has been agreed and a new Advisory Board made up of eight Bath Ward Councillors has been set up. Applications were last considered at the Advisory Board on the 14th March 2022.

The current balance of funding available for future applications stands at £356,103 as at 1st April 2022.

The Advisory Board will next meet on 26th July 2022. All applications must be submitted by 24th June 2022 at 5pm.  All applications will be uploaded to the Councils website week commencing 27th June for public consultation. All feedback will be included in the papers that are sent to the members of the Advisory Board.

 

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 to ensure that regulations are being met.

Applications that meet the neighbour CIL regulations will be added to the Councils Website at least two weeks before an Advisory Panel meeting takes place. This will allow the public to make comments on any of project applications. 

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 agree and schedule an effective delivery date. 

All projects will follow the Bath and North East Somerset Council process for signing off of reports. Only then will 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 the funds are transfered. The project will receive the agreed funding subject to the agreement set out within the terms and conditions of the Neighbourhood Portion of CIL for Bath Criteria Document. 

What projects in Bath have recieved neighbourhood CIL funding? 

A map has been developed to plot projects that receive community funding. This shows the locations, the details and the stages that the successful applications have reached - click here to view  

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