How we spend CIL - the strategic portion
80% of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies collected will be used to fund strategic infrastructure - these are the "big" items that we need to help support the growth of the borough. The strategic monies can be spent anywhere in the borough, regardless of which area they came from. For example, as a result of new development we may decide a new leisure centre in Skelmersdale is needed, which will serve to help improve leisure opportunities for residents in Skelmersdale and the wider surrounding areas. The Borough Council is responsible for deciding what strategic projects are funded from CIL monies.
How will we prioritise which projects receive strategic funding?
We manage an Infrastructure Delivery Schedule (IDS) which lists all those projects identified as being necessary to support the delivery of the Local Plan. A stakeholder can submit, at any time, a project to be included on the IDS and we try to update the IDS on at least an annual basis. Stakeholders include utility and service providers, Lancashire County Council, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Council Members and parish councils as well as WLBC services such as Leisure and Culture.
A project being included on the R123 or IDS list does not guarantee CIL funding will be received. Whether a project receives CIL funding will depend on its priority and the amount of CIL funding available.
In deciding which projects should receive funding, officers assess the projects against a number of criteria - including expected delivery timescales, whether the project meets a need created by new development, whether the project meets a type listed on the R123 list, whether it helps reach council objectives and what monies are required or available through match funding. Each year, we will prepare a shortlist of recommendations which will be made available for public consultation. The results of the public consultation will then be used to prepare a final recommendation for funding which must then be approved by Council.
There is no deadline setting out how quickly the council must spend the strategic CIL monies. We can choose to "roll-over" available monies from year to year so that monies can build up to fund larger, more costlier schemes.