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Agenda item

Community Infrastructure Levy: Funding Review 2019

Summary:

 

To consider the updated indicative five year programme of potential infrastructure projects that could be supported by Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  The report sets out progress made over the past year, details current CIL receipts and forecasts, and reports on progress to date on mechanisms to release unparished neighbourhood funding to locally focused projects.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.      That the CIL Indicative Five Year Programme as set out in Appendix A, be agreed as a basis for ongoing liaison with relevant infrastructure providers and further development of the identified schemes;

2.  That, once individual projects within the Indicative Five Year Programme are sufficiently progressed to demonstrate they are deliverable, further reports be submitted to Cabinet for decisions on  the CIL funding contribution towards them; and

   3. That the CIL Monitoring Report, at Appendix C, be agreed for publication.

Minutes:

The Head of Regeneration introduced a report which set out an updated indicative 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, progress made during the past year together with the Annual CIL Monitoring Report, an updated Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) and details of current CIL receipts and forecasts.

 

Appendix B to the report detailed the IDP which was divided into three sections. Part 1 of the IDP described the fully funded projects where funding was provided by s106 contributions or by funding from the Government and other agencies to undertake public realm and other works including Rivermill Primary School, the secondary school at Stone Lodge, the expanded junctions from the A2 at Bean and Ebbsfleet, and the improved junction at St Clements Way/London Road. Part 2 described projects that could potentially be enabled by CIL monies alongside other funding streams. These were primarily located in Dartford Town Centre and Stone and included:

 

·         Dartford Town Centre transport and public realm improvements

·         North of Dartford Town Centre – pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Darent

·         Stone 2-Form Entry Primary School

·         1FE primary school extension and 0.5 school extension in the north and west part of the Borough

·         Dartford Town Centre Health and Well Being Hub

·         Stone/Greenhithe Primary Care facility

·         Darent Valley Path – improvements to river and riverside path and associated waymarking

These projects were considered to be necessary to support development in the Borough and, on the information currently available, were likely to meet the CIL Assessment Criteria. These schemes had been progressed during the past year and officers would continue to work with partners to take them forward with progress being reported to Cabinet with CIL providing part of the funding along with funding streams from other partners. The final Part of the IDP detailed those schemes that were less advanced and which required more detail in terms of the proposal and timescale, such as the future expansion of Darent Valley hospital. The report also detailed the work of the Leader’s Advisory Group on CIL and the amount of CIL income distributed to the Parishes and Town Council along with the amounts available to spend on projects in unparished areas.

 

The Head of Regeneration explained that in March 2019 the income collected via CIL had amounted to £4.5M and that this had risen to £6.5M by December. Overall it was expected that £17.5M would be collected during the 5 year period of the programme. The Leader of the Council said that the Chairman of CAP B had noted the accrual of CIL monies and asked when these would start to be used to fund projects. The Head of Regeneration explained that some of the proposed projects had lengthy gestation periods before they reached the point of development and that some of these were approaching the point where funding would need to be applied. She emphasised that the £17.5M was the projected amount of CIL that would be collected if the programme progressed as anticipated and that CIL money would be released as projects developed along with funding from other sources. The projects listed in Part 2 of the IDP provided an indicative delivery timetable. The Chairman of CAP B had also asked how the Town/Parish Councils had been spending the CIL monies allocated to them and whether there was a collaborative approach with the Council. The Head of Regeneration explained that a number of the CIL projects identified in the Five Year programme related to projects in Stone and that the Parish Council was fully aware of the expectation that they should apply their CIL funding to these projects as they moved forward.

 

It was noted that CIL funding would be applied as necessary as projects moved forward and that there was confidence that all the projects could be funded and were not competing for the CIL funds. Progress on the proposed Dartford Town Centre Health Hub was discussed and it was noted that the CCG was keen to move forward and, given the lack of funding available from NHS England, the Council was working with the CCG to identify other funding steams and to define expected outcomes.   

 

It was noted that it may be possible to develop a project in and around Dartford Town Centre, implementing controlled parking for local residents using CIL funding for the unparished area. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.      That the CIL Indicative Five Year Programme as set out in Appendix A to the report, be agreed as a basis for ongoing liaison with relevant infrastructure providers and further development of the identified schemes;

 

2.      That, once individual projects within the Indicative Five Year Programme, attached at Appendix B to the report, are sufficiently progressed to demonstrate they are deliverable, further reports be submitted to Cabinet for decisions on  the CIL funding contribution towards them; and

 

3.   That the CIL Monitoring Report, at Appendix C to the report, be agreed for publication.

 

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