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Spending the Levy

The CIL collected by the SDNPA can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure, including transport, flood defences, schools, play areas, parks, cultural and sports facilities.  When spending CIL, it is the intention of Government that we focus on the provision of new infrastructure.

CIL will help to bridge the funding gap in delivering infrastructure but it will never resolve it. Therefore there is a need to prioritise the infrastructure projects put forward to us for consideration.  In areas where development has taken place, Parish / Town Councils will also receive CIL and have the ability to use this money on projects that are a priority for them.  The Regulations allow them to spend the money on a wider range of projects than the National Park Authority can.

Applying for CIL funds for an infrastructure project

If you have an infrastructure project that you are seeking funds for, this is how you apply.

Stage What you can expect to happen Forms or further information
1 Annual call for projects

Once a year the SDNPA will have a ‘call for projects’, inviting local communities including Parish and Town Councils, County and District Councils, service providers and other stakeholders to put forward projects for CIL funding.  We will also review existing information and projects sent to us in previous years.

Initial bids (referred to as ‘Expression of Interest’ or CIL EOI) should be made via the SDNPA’s ‘Projects for the South Downs’ (an online application process).

Bids should include information on:

  • Existing demands on infrastructure.
  • Additional demands likely to arise from proposed development.
  • The extent to which existing infrastructure or services are capable, in terms of location, capacity and suitability, of meeting those additional demands.
  • The estimated costs.
  • The timescales for implementation.

We have provided a guide as to what a good CIL application might look like to help.

Bids are unlikely to be successful if there are other funding sources currently available that could help deliver the scheme. Strategic or large-scale schemes, for example some transport or education matters, will require  the support of the relevant Highway Authority or Local Education Authority.

 The current application window is now open.   it closes on the 31 Jaunary 2020.

  Applications should be submitted via – Projects of the South Downs

What does a good CIL fund application look like?

2 Assessment

Projects put forward for funding will then be assessed in three initial stages:

Step 1 – Basic Eligibility Test, when considering a project the following questions will be asked:
• Is it infrastructure?
• Does it comply with the Regulation 123 list?
• Does it relate to and support the South Downs Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans?
If the answer is ‘No’ to any of the above then the project is not eligible for CIL funding. If the answer is ‘Yes’, then the project will move onto Step 2.

Step 2 – Category of Project, the SDNPA will prioritise projects (which may involve discussions with County Councils and other strategic infrastructure providers).  Projects will be categorised as Critical, Essential, High Policy Priority or Desirable.

Step 3 – Scoring of Projects
• Projects will be scored using the ‘Scoring Matrix’.
• Projects are put into 5 year periods based upon when we understand they will be delivered.
• We will also identify those infrastructure projects where Parish / Town Councils could use their own CIL payments (if they have them)  to deliver the project.  If they so wish to, Parish / Town Council can request the SDNPA to retain all or part of their 15% or 25% to ensure maximum funding is available.

Liaison will also take place with key officers across the National Park, in particular focusing on where proposals can link to objectives within the South Downs Partnership Management Plan.

Regulation 1 2 3 List

Example Scoring Matrix

3 Awarding the grants

The Infrastructure Business Plan (IBP) will set out which projects will be allocated funding within that particular year.  It is presented for formal approval at Planning Committee.

Once approved, an ‘in principle’ agreement has been given to allocate funding to those projects and successful applicants will be notified.

Projects not allocated CIL funding will be carried over and reviewed for the following year(s) Infrastructure Business Plan.  These applicants will also be notified and asked to review the information we hold. 

4 Receiving the funds Successful applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application (known as a CIL Grant application).  The purpose of this will be to confirm in more detail the use of the funds, the responsible organisation, timescales, claw back arrangements, payment details etc CIL Grant application form

SDNPA Infrastructure Business Plan (incorporating the Infrastructure Funding Statement) 2019

The SDNPA’s  Infrastructure Business Plan 2019 and (Appendices) sets out our current understanding of what infrastructure is needed to support the growth in the National Park.  It also lists those infrastructure projects we intend to fund this year as well as setting out how the money allocated in previous years has been used.  The decision on how much to allocate to projects will be based on the money available at the end of the financial year (31 March).

This year, for the first time, we have also included within this report the Governments new ‘Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS).  The IFS sets out how much money we have received as an Authority through CIL and S106 agreements, what it has been allocated to and what remains unspent.

These documents are updated annually. The latest version was approved by Planning Committee in November 2019.

What is the neighbourhood portion of CIL?

15% of CIL receipts are passed directly to those Parish and Town Councils within the National Park where development has taken place. Those communities that have a neighbourhood plan that has passed a referendum, will receive 25% of the CIL receipts arising from the development that takes place in their area.

These CIL receipts are paid every 6 months, at the end of October and the end of April.  All Parish and Town Councils are required to report on how the funds passed to them have been spent.  This information is contained within the IBP and summarised in the table below.  This table is being updated as returns are supplied.

A Parish CIL Reporting Form has been made available to Parish and Town Councils to report on how the neighbourhood portion has been spent.

CIL Money held by Parish / Town Councils (Up to 1st April 2019)

Parish / Town
(where CIL liable development has commenced)
Amount held and unspent by Parish / Town Council on the 1st April 2019 What has been spent by 1st April 2019
Aldingbourne Parish Council £532.50
Bepton Parish Council £1,101.00


Bepton Funding Return 2019

Bramdean and Hinton Ampner Parish Council £21,572.15


Bramdean & Hinton Funding Return 2019

Clapham Parish Council £1,104.00
Coldwaltham Parish Council £300.60


Coldwaltham Funding Return 2019

Ditchling Parish Council £6,714.00


Ditchling Funding Return 2019

Droxford Parish Council £3,851.20


Droxford Funding Return 2019

East Chiltington Parish Council £771.90


East Chiltington Funding Return 2019

East Meon Parish Council £1,683.12


East Meon Funding Return 2019

Froxfield & Privett Parish Council £1,140.60
Funtington Parish Council £23,794.82


Funtington Funding Return 2019

Greatham Parish Council £6,640.50


Greatham Funding Return 2019

Hassocks Parish Council £2,954.33
Hawkley Parish Council £958.09 None (however, £958.09 has been spent in the 2019/20 period) Funding Return awaited
Heyshott Parish Council £0.00


Heyshott Funding Return 2019

Lavant Parish Council £1,157.49


Lavant Funding Return 2019

Lewes Town Council £4,387.50 None Lewes Funding Return 2019
Liss Parish Council £6,281.19
Midhurst Town Council £0.00


Midhurst Funding Return 2019

Petersfield Town Council £10,832.86
Plumpton Parish Council £2,525.44


Plumpton Funding Return 2019

Pyecombe Parish Council £3,390.00 None (however, £1,141.70 has been spent in the 2019/20 period). Funding Return awaited
Sheet Parish Council £2,430.00 None (however, £2,430.00 has been spent in the 2019/20 period) Sheet Funding Return 2019
Stedham with Iping Parish Council £1,745.10


Stedham with Iping Funding Return 2019

Storrington and Sullington Parish Council £2,178.19


Storrington and Sullington Funding Return 2019

Stoughton Parish Council £975.92


Stoughton Funding Return 2019

Stroud Parish Council £14,942.66
Twyford Parish Council £0.00


Twyford Funding Return 2019

Upham Parish Council £7,560.00


Upham Funding Return 2019

Total £131,650.69


Please contact us at or 01730 814810 for all CIL related enquiries including planning applications that might attract a CIL payment, the Infrastructure Business Plan and applying for funding for infrastructure projects.