The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is paid by developers or landowners on new developments and at least 15% of the money collected must be spent on local projects. Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed a way in which this money can be allocated that complies with government regulations and are now consulting with residents on which projects to prioritise.
For the purpose of spending neighbourhood CIL money, Reading has been divided into four areas made up of council wards: South, West, North and Central. Katesgrove, Whitley, Church and Redlands wards are in the southern area.
All the projects are under a £100,000 limit which RBC have set. RBC are asking residents to rank proposals in order of preference within a zone. You can contribute to the consultation for all areas of Reading but you have to say if you:
- live in the area,
- work in the area or
- regularly visit the area for other reasons e.g. to go shopping.
You can also suggest new ideas for spending in these neighbourhoods.
There are 26 projects in south Reading (including some illustrated in the photos above) and £419,897 to spend. Five of the projects are spread across more than one area, and within the area some projects benefit more than one ward.
Projects shared with other areas
N=north, C=central W=west
|A||N, C, W||street sign de-cluttering and consolidation||50|
|E||W||change in signs so that HGVs are aware of the weight limit on the Berkeley Avenue bridges||50|
|H||N, C, W||graffiti removal||75|
|I||C||20 mph enforcement cameras||75-100|
|Z||N, C, W||promotion and enhancement of conservation areas||50|
Projects within south Reading only
|B||Church||pedestrian crossing on Whitley Wood Road||50|
|C||Church, Katesgrove, Redlands||extend 20mph zone beyond Reading Girls School and pedestrian crossing by school||40|
|D||Katesgrove||sign at the entrance to Elgar Road N from Pell Street to advise HGVs that Elgar Road S cannot be accessed||10|
|F||Redlands||pedestrian crossing on Addington Road||50|
|J||Redlands||replacement play units in Cintra Park||95|
|K||Katesgrove||specialised equipment for teenagers in Long Barn Lane recreation ground||80|
|L||Whitley||landscaping in South Whitley Park||15|
|M||Katesgrove||play area improvements in the Tank||85|
|N||Katesgrove||play area improvements St Giles Close||60|
|O||Katesgrove||play area improvements Waterloo Meadows||95|
|P||Katesgrove||outdoor gym or parkour equipment in Long Barn Lane recreation ground||75|
|Q||Redlands||skate park in Cintra Park||95|
|R||Katesgrove||outdoor table tennis tables in Katesgrove School playground||15-20|
|S||Church||park improvements off Linden Road||75|
|T||Katesgrove||paint mural on IDR wall at Katesgrove Lane||not costed|
|U||Katesgrove||clean and repaint the IDR underpass at Katesgrove Lane||not costed|
|V||Katesgrove||replace three Katesgrove Community Association noticeboards||not costed|
|W||Whitley||install play equipment at Whitley Wood recreation ground||not costed|
|X||Redlands||replace stolen street sign for Progress Theatre||0.35|
|Y||Church||contribution towards co-location of community and health care provision in Whitley Wood||50|
|Total||890.35 – 895.35|
It is clear from the above that even the projects where costs are known that benefit only south Reading add up to more than twice the pot of gold available to spend, so some will not be funded.
At the RBC policy committee on 16 July, councillors agreed on the process to allocate CIL, a list of possible projects to spend the 15% on, and a public consultation. The papers presented to the committee also gave details of the total fund available and how much had been received by each ward.
The total available to spend in Reading is just under £1million; £325,923 dates back to the years ended 31 March 2016 and 2017 and £667,821 to the last financial ending 31 March 2018.
Some areas of Reading have received substantially more CIL receipts than others; for example north Reading received only 2% of the total compared with 42% for south Reading. Between wards the differences are even more stark; Caversham, Thames and Park ward did not receive any CIL money in the three financial years ending 31 March 2018 whereas Whitley received 36.1% and Abbey ward 25.2%. That is because of the substantial developments taking place in these wards compared with others.
What happens next?
A report will be produced after the consultation has ended and will be discussed by a future RBC policy committee.
Where does the other 85% of CIL money go?
Since CIL began, Reading has received a total of £6.624 million and 80% of this money is spent on education, strategic transport projects and strategic leisure and culture projects which meet certain criteria and 5% is allocated to cover administration costs.
What is the difference between CIL and Section 106 contributions?
RBC ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ guidance when CIL was introduced states:
Unlike Section 106 agreements, which are negotiated on a case by case basis, CIL is a non-negotiable tariff on new development. CIL is a flat rate charge, so it will be clear from the outset what the required level of developer contributions will be.
Once CIL is introduced the role of S106 will be specific to addressing the site specific impact of developments and to deliver affordable housing. CIL will become the main means of securing pooled contributions for strategic infrastructure.
How to participate in the consultation
The consultation on allocation of the neighbourhood portion of Community Infrastructure Levy is online on the RBC ‘consultation hub‘. It has now started and will close on 14 September 2018.
There is an email contact address CIL@reading.gov.uk, and the RBC main switchboard number is 0118 937 3787.
- Community Infrastructure Levy
- RBC – Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule
- Supplementary Planning Document on Planning Obligations under S106
- Consultation on allocation of the neighbourhood portion of Community infrastructure Levy
- Map of CIL areas
- RBC Policy Committee 16 July 2018 – papers & webcast