Levy funding to focus on strategic projects
Infrastructure projects across Lichfield District are set to benefit from more than £1 million Community Infrastructure Levy funding.
In June 2021, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed a new targeted approach to allocating Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding, to make sure applications are of a sufficient scale to benefit the whole of Lichfield District and meet identified needs.
The levy is a charge on developers to provide funding for infrastructure required to support new development.
Over the next two months, the council will be inviting and evaluating submissions for funding against the new criteria that focuses investment in large infrastructure projects.
Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:
“The funding available from the Community Infrastructure Levy has the potential to have a real impact on some significant infrastructure projects around the district.
“The new approach we’ve introduced, to manage the funds that we have gathered over the past three years, makes it easier for us to identify projects based on whether they are critical to enable development or designed to mitigate the effects of the development.”
Parish councils also receive a proportion of CIL funding from development within their areas. Those with a neighbourhood plan receive 25 percent and those without receive 15 percent. This means each parish also has a pot of money to invest in infrastructure for their local area.
The deadline to make an expression of interest is by 5pm on 1 October 2021.