Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can make on new developments in their area. It was introduced by the Government in April 2010 under the CIL Regulations 2010. The CIL is essentially a pre-set charge that can be applied to new developments and collected by each local authority. CIL is intended to be used to help towards funding a range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of the new development, for example community facilities, cultural and sports facilities, transport schemes and schools.

Leeds City Council adopted the CIL on 12 November 2014 and developers became liable to pay CIL on planning applications that received planning permission from 6 April 2015. More information about CIL in the Leeds area can be found here on Leeds City Council’s website.

A proportion of CIL receipts must be passed to local communities. Where there is a town or parish council, Leeds City Council satisfies this requirement by transferring a portion of the CIL receipts to the town or parish council. Leeds City Council has set this at 15% of CIL receipts where there is no neighbourhood plan, and 25% where there is a neighbourhood plan.

The first CIL payments were made by Leeds City Council to Horsforth Town Council in 2018.

Horsforth's Neighbourhood Plan was made on 26 February 2020 - so Horsforth receives 15% for developments in its area where planning permission was granted between 6 April 2015 and 26 February 2020, and will receive 25% where planning permission was granted after 26 February 2020.

Annual reports summarising CIL receipts and expenditure for Horsforth Town Council can be found by clicking on the links below:

2022-2023       2021-2022         2020/2021         2019/2020         2018/2019         2017/2018

Projects funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy

Image of bandstand and paths in Horsforth Hall Park

The path around the bandstand was resurfaced in November 2023. Further projects are due to be carried out using CIL including new benches in Hall Park and the Old Ball roundabout, goal posts at Woodside Rec and community space at No.3 The Green. These projects have been agreed by the Town Council after engaging with the community.

Image of a wheelchair accessible roundabout in children's play area.

An accessible roundabout was installed at the playground opposite Newlaithes Primary School for local families to enjoy in 2022. As a Council we are committed to supporting local projects and worked in conjunction with our Horsforth City Councillors to fund this project.