Community Infrastructure Levy: Governance and Spending Review 2018
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Head of Regeneration introduced a report which set out an updated five year programme of potential infrastructure projects that could be supported by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which had partially replaced s106 funding. The report outlined the Five Year CIL rolling programme together with the CIL Annual Report and details of CIL receipts and forecasts. The amount of CIL income distributed to the Parishes and Town Council were detailed along with the amounts available to spend on projects in unparished areas. Progress to date on mechanisms to release unparished neighbourhood funding to locally focused projects was also reported.
Appendix B to the report detailed the Infrastructure Delivery Plan which was divided into three sections. Section 1 described the fully funded projects where funding was provided by s106 contributions or funding from the Government and other agencies and included public realm and other works to Dartford Town Centre, expanded junctions from the A2 at Bean and Ebbsfleet, and at St Clements Way and plans for two new primary schools. Section 2 described projects with potential to be enabled by CIL funding in addition to funding from other agencies. These projects were those that were considered to be well defined and where there was confidence that they could be delivered. These included the Health and Wellbeing Hub in Dartford Town Centre, a pedestrian bridge over the River Darent, a new Primary care facility in Stone/Greenhithe the upgrading of the Darenth Valley path, a new school at Stone and to provide additional school places in the North West of the Borough. As the plans for the Health hubs were more advanced the Cabinet was being asked to take an ‘in principle’ decision to allocate CIL funding subject to the provision of further information on other funding approvals. Earmarking projects for CIL funding in the Delivery Plan provided greater certainty for partner organisations in making their own funding decisions and supported their funding bids. The final section detailed those schemes that were less advanced and which required further definition.
The Cabinet noted that a Member had raised concerns at the Cabinet Advisory Panel about the work of the Leader’s Advisory Group on CIL from which it was clear that the Member had little appreciation of the role of the Group and the mechanisms by which CIL funding decisions would be made, possibly because nobody from his political group attended the meetings despite being invited. The Leader’s Advisory Group did not make funding decisions and any recommendations would be made for consideration and decision by the Cabinet. However the Advisory Group did have an important role in helping to take matters forward in a timely fashion to a point when recommendations could be made.
The Cabinet felt that CIL funding was an important mechanism for working together with other partners and funders to provide infrastructure and that it was important to support well defined projects such as the proposed health hubs. Clarification was also provided on the possible location of the primary care facility in Stone/Greenhithe.
1. That the CIL Indicative Five Year Programme as set out in paragraph 4.4 of the report and Appendix A to the report, be agreed as a basis for ongoing liaison with relevant infrastructure providers and further development of the identified schemes, subject to availability of CIL funding and approval of individual schemes by Cabinet;
2. That an ‘in principle’ commitment for CIL funding to support two new health hubs in Dartford town centre and at Stone be agreed, subject to the level of CIL funding being clarified through the finalisation of the business case for each;
3. That a final decision on the agreement to and level of CIL funding for the health projects identified in paragraph 4.2 of the report, as well as any further potential projects identified in paragraph 4.4, be considered either as part of a subsequent annual CIL report in December 2019, or mid-year, if there is a need for urgency;
4. That Dartford’s CIL Annual Report, attached at Appendix C to the report, be agreed for publication; and
5. That the progress on identification and delivery of CIL projects funded through the neighbourhood element in unparished areas, as set out in paragraph 5.6 of the report, be noted and to agree to receive further reports as matters are progressed.
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Date of decision: 06/12/2018
Decided at meeting: 06/12/2018 - Cabinet
Effective from: 07/12/2018