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Application process now open for annual funding to help improve the lives of Elmbridge residents. 

Elmbridge Borough Council is now accepting applications for annual local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. The application period is Thursday 13 February to Sunday 29 March, with the applications being reviewed in June and early July.

CIL allows Elmbridge Borough Council to raise funds through borough development to help pay for the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development. As part of the process, the Council annually allocates a portion of CIL funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place. Settlement area committees known as Local Infrastructure Spending Boards have been formed where local Councillors decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated. In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds will be passed directly to the Parish Council. Successful local CIL applications have included projects such as capital improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of an increasing school population, improvements to community facilities, footpath works and countryside access improvements.

Cllr Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services is a keen advocate of the CIL process and is delighted that local groups have benefitted from the funding:  “Working in partnership with schools, charities and other non-profit organisations CIL can provide vital funding to help improve the lives of the people of Elmbridge. I would highly recommend local groups to review the criteria and submit an application for funding.”

A sample of some of the projects supported through the local CIL funding are listed below:

  • Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets building for the future
  • St James Church of England Primary School toilet and cloakroom upgrade
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School hall extension
  • Patient participation group defibrillator.Hinchley Wood Primary School playground upgrade
  • Chatterbus CIC ticketing machine upgrade

Applications for the 2020-2021 CIL local funding round will be accepted until 29 March 2020; applications received after this date will not be considered for the round.

After the closing date, applicants who have applied, will have a further four weeks to provide any outstanding details needed for a valid application. These applicants will be invited to present to the relevant Local Spending Boards held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 4 June 2020 – Local Spending Board for East and West Molesey
  • Monday 8 June 2020 – Local Spending Board for Weybridge
  • Monday 15 June 2020 – Local Spending Board for Esher and Hersham
  • Thursday 25 June 2020 – Local Spending Board for Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke D’Abernon & Downside
  • Thursday 2 July 2020 – Local Spending Board for Walton on Thames
  • Monday 6 July 2020 – Local Spending Board for Hinchley Wood & Weston Green, Long Ditton & Thames Ditton

Applicants can find the guidance notes, application form and information about CIL and the process on the following page:

https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/community-infrastructure-levy-cil-funding/

For any further questions after reviewing the webpage, email: cil@elmbridge.gov.uk

CIL funded projects 2019