The BCR community has the opportunity to influence how s106 and CIL funds are spent in our area, with the six Bishopston and Ashley Down, Cotham and Redland Councillors making the final decisions as part of the new Area Committee, which also includes Henbury and Brentry, Southmead and Horfield councillors.
What is CIL?
- When a developer builds something (housing, retail etc.) they have to pay a charge, known as CIL, to the Council which goes towards local infrastructure provision.
- The Council keeps 85% of this for citywide projects (like the Arena) and administration costs see list of citywide projects and 15% goes to local areas.
- Decisions on how to allocate the 15% local CIL funding will be made by Area Committees which are made up of the Councillors from a group of wards.
- CIL money from all developments in our three wards of Bishopston and Ashley Down, Cotham and Redland along with those from Henbury and Brentry, Southmead and Horfield wards will be collected into one pot and decided by one Area Committee.
- We are area 2 on this map, our Area Committee will have 12 Councillors.
- The Area Committee will meet once a year to make spending decisions. The 2018 meeting will be in September (see key dates below).
- CIL can only be spent on ‘infrastructure’ projects; this might be highways works, parks improvements or community buildings. Guidance on what is classified as an infrastructure project is available here. CIL money cannot be spent on running costs or staffing for an ongoing service or activity.
- There is no upper or lower budget limit set – but the Council are looking for a few larger scale projects per area.
- New developments in the area will continue to add money to the pot. There is no time limit on spending this money; it can be rolled over from year to year.
- For the Area Committee meeting in 2018, the money in the pot for the BCR area is around £35k, however this sum includes money allocated but not yet drawn down for previously agreed BCR Neighbourhood Partnership projects. There is also around £15K from Henbury and Brentry, and Southmead NP area and approximately £8K from Horfield ward.
What is S106?
When a developer submits a planning application for a development, the local planning authority can ask for funding for s106 planning obligations, A planning obligation is a legal agreement used to make sure new development is acceptable in planning terms. Community Infrastructure Levy has largely replaced s106 contributions.
S106 now covers
- provision of affordable housing, onsite or a financial contribution for off-site provision.
- Provision of replacement tree planting under planning policy BCS 9
- Specific highways works to mitigate against the local impact of the development
The area committee will also be responsible for deciding on the spending of s106 for the developments in the area; however the location and detail of the project is usually specified at planning application stage, so there is no opportunity to re-allocate this money.
What is the decision-making process?
- The Ward Councillors have been asked to find two or three priority projects per ward that the community supports.
- These will then have to be turned into project proposals. Proposals must be deliveable either by a constituted local organisation or by Bristol City Council (e.g. parks or highways).
- It is up to each Area Committee to decide where in the area the projects will occur. There is no guarantee that projects from the area where the development occurred will be selected, it is up to the councillors to agree how to distribute the funding.
- Highways officers also assess existing logged issues (from residents or councillors) and will provide a shortlist of viable schemes for the Area Committee to choose from. This is now promised for April 19th These will also be eligible as projects for the available CIL funding.
- The projects selected to go forward by the Area Committee will need a fully costed proposal. It is currently unclear who is going to provide the costing information.
- Then the Area Committee will meet in September at a formal public meeting to agree which proposals can be funded this year.
- Any external organisations will then be given a Funding Agreement that sets out the conditions of the funding.
- The Area Committees will meet each year and any new developments will add money to the pot, so unsuccessful projects could be resubmitted in following years.
Key Dates for 2018
- Deadline for community consultations and producing Ward CIL/S106 priorities Stage 1 project proposals: Friday 4th May 2018
- Informal Area Committee meetings – choose projects to take forward: 14th to 24th May 2018
- Area Committee Chairs and BCC officers meet to review delivery across the city: 28th to 31st May 2018
- Production of full Stage 2 applications: 1st June to 6th July 2018
- Publication of Area Committee reports: 3rd September 2018
- Formal Area Committee decision making: 10th Sept to 14th Sept 2018
Projects allocated funding but not yet drawn down from BCR CIL pot.
up to £3,500 Two notice boards on Ashley Down Green
up to £11,000 Refurbishment of benches in Cotham Gardens and Lovers Walk
up to £26,000 High Kingsdown Playground Refurbishment
£876 Chandos Road Community Notice Board
up to £2000 Redland Parish Church Hearing Loop
up to £2,200 Sustainable Bishopston /Living Room Planters and Bench
How to propose a project for funding:
Contact your ward councillors to tell them about a project you would like funded:
Let us know what projects you would like to see happen
Whether you are able to forward your proposal to your councillors, or need more time to propose something, please let us know about your proposed project so that we can keep a list of local ideas for when funding becomes available.