Infrastructure Funding Statement

1. Introduction

1.1   About this statement

This report provides a summary of the financial contributions that Redbridge Council has secured through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 agreements (S106). The Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) sets out this year’s income and expenditure relating to the CIL and S106 agreements.

Local Authorities are required under amendments to the regulations (The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 No.1103 that came into force 1 September 2019) to produce an Infrastructure Funding Statement annually that sets out details about planning obligation receipts and anticipated expenditure, alongside a statement of its spending priorities.

This is to provide clarity and transparency to local communities and developers on the infrastructure and expenditure and in aligning this to planned development, as envisaged in the Local Plan.

CIL and S106 together are known as planning obligations or developer contributions. These are levies or chares applied to development projects across the borough to help fund a portion of the infrastructure required to deliver these places. The income is used to help fund the provision of supporting infrastructure in association with development and maximise the benefits and opportunities from growth such as employment and affordable homes.

The information included in the report will be updated annually and published on the Council’s website. This will ensure the most up to date information on the amount of developer contributions received from new developments in addition to information on where these monies have been spent is readily available to members of the public and other interested parties.

Please note that this year report does not include the following:

  • Information on the infrastructure delivered on site as part of new developments in the borough, or reporting on non-financial contributions; and
  • Total amount of money received before 2018/19 which has not been allocated or retained for the purposes of longer term expenditure;

 

1.2   Community infrastructure levy and section 106 agreements

CIL is a tariff-based charged on the development of net new floorspace per square metre in the borough. The tariff is set by borough in its community infrastructure levy charging schedule and is indexed each year to grow with inflation.

Section 106 agreements are utilised to mitigate the impacts of developments and ensure that Redbridge’s planning policy requirements, specifically around affordable housing are met. Under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 a Local Planning Authority (LPA) can seek contributions, both physical and financial to offset a negative externality or impact that a development will have on the community and cannot be dealt with through conditions in the planning permission.

 

2. Community Infrastructure Levy

 2.1   Types of CIL

There are two main types of CIL in Redbridge.

  • Redbridge CIL: A standard charge which applies to most new buildings and extensions across the borough. Exceptions to CIL charges include social housing, charitable institutions and self-build.
  • Mayoral CIL: A standard charge which applies to most new development across Greater London is used to help fund Crossrail.

Within Redbridge, of the total CIL amount collected, 5% is retained for administrative purposes. Of the remaining 95% an additional 15% is retained for the neighbourhood proportion of CIL (which is used to fund local projects for which residents and organisations can submit ideas and suggestions). As such 80% of the total CIL collected is retained by the Council to fund infrastructure.

 

2.2   Redbridge CIL Income

The amount of CIL payable is based on a single set figure as per the Redbridge Charging Schedule. The Redbridge Charging Schedule and details behind the adjustments for indexing can be found at the following link. https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/community-infrastructure-levy/

The table below provides a breakdown of the Redbridge CIL, Mayoral CIL and NCIL collected and funded over the last three financial years. Please note that the figures are rounded.

 

2018/19

£m

2019/20

£m

2020/21

£m

Total CIL Received

1.786

1.484

2.083

Redbridge CIL Received

(before deduction)

1.260

0.968

1.330

MCIL collected on behalf of GLA

0.526

0.516

0.753

--

--

--

--

NCIL funding

0.189

0.145

0.200

Sub-region : North

0.020

0.033

0.011

Sub-region : South

0.060

0.014

0.170

Sub-region : West

0.035

0.053

0.012

Sub-region : East

0.074

0.045

0.007

--

--

--

--

Redbridge CIL

(after deducting 15% NCIL and 5% Administrative Cost)

1.008

0.774

1.064

 

2.3   Redbridge CIL Expenditure

The table below provides a breakdown of the projects funded by the Redbridge CIL over the last three financial years. Please note that the figures are rounded.

 

2018/19

£m

2019/20

£m

2020/21

£m

Renewing Ilford

-

0.507

-

Ilford Station S. Entrance

-

0.611

-

Crossrail

-

0.173

-

Major Road Resurfacing

-

0.846

-

Community hubs

-

0.015

-

Borough Flood Alleviation

-

-

0.124

Replacement Tree Planting

-

-

0.164

Electric Vehicle Scheme

-

-

0.012

Planning System

-

-

0.050

Highways

-

-

0.100

Street Scene-Furniture & Cleansing

-

-

0.250

Parks

-

-

0.100

Public Realm

-

-

1.496

Total

-

2.152

2.296

Note: There was no spending in 2018/19.

 

2.4   NCIL Expenditure  

15% of the Redbridge CIL received goes into a specific NCIL fund which is for local community infrastructure projects. Among the £1.330m Redbridge CIL received (before deduction) in 2020/21, £0.200m was allocated to NCIL to help fund local community projects. From 2018/19 to 2020/21, NCIL has funded £0.636m of projects. The table below provides a breakdown of the projects funded by the NCIL over the last three financial years. Please note that the figures are rounded.

Projects funded by NCIL (2018/19 to 2020/21)

Expenditure

Bloomin'Business

£10,700

Borough wide Tree Planting - with Highways

£33,800

Box Up Gym

£70,000

Business Events

£9,000

Cambridge Park Road 2019

£1,500

Celebration Tree Woodford Green

£7,000

Changing Places Facility at Ilford Exchange

£60,300

Christmas trees and lights

£37,100

Defibrillator Installation & Relevant Event

£66,400

Design Innovation Project

£25,000

Dick Turpin Orchard Project

£400

Digital & Tech Career Camps

£21,000

Fencing at South Park

£600

Gales Way roundabout planting with Neighbourhoods

£800

General Greening

£12,000

Hainault Studio Project - Community Engagement

£11,300

Holocaust Memorial Trees for Secondary Schools

£6,300

Match funding for Pre-Employment Support & Progress for Homeless People

£10,000

Pathway installation at Fairlop Waters to give access to the commemorative sculpture (memorial)

£2,000

Play Streets

£4,300

Publicity Campaign

£600

Trees for Cities & Tree Planting (2018/19)

£26,700

Trees for Cities (2019/20)

£25,000

Trees for Cities (2020/21)

£25,000

Queen’s Green canopy cover

£15,000

Redbridge Lane West 2019

£3,000

Site Improvements

£9,000

Small Bulbs for The Seven Kings Bungalow

£200

Street Scene Projects

£112,000

Valentines Park Public Toilets

£100

Work Redbridge (Test Trading Project)

£29,700

 

Highlights of the featured projects:

  • Box-Up Gym: The council awarded £70,000 from the NCIL fund to Box Up Gym run by Box Up Crime, a fantastic social enterprise project that tackles the borough’s key objectives to be a great place to live with family, regenerate the borough and tackle the root causes of our social challenges. The Box Up Crime aims to support families against youth crime by providing free boxing, mentoring and creative activities for young people aged 7-18 years, considered at risk of gang membership and committing crime. Box Up partnered with the Council’s Junior Family Intervention Team and has been a much -valued resource for over 1000 young people in the borough, making a positive difference to people’s lives. Between 2020- 2021, it worked with 1,155 young people through schools, community sessions and newly created Project Roads programme. This is a continuing project which we hope will contribute towards our ambitions to obtain UNICEF child-friendly status.

 

  • Changing Places Facility: Aimed at improving accessibility for all, the Council awarded £60,000 from the NCIL fund to create a new disabled toilet and changing facility at the Ilford Exchange Shopping Centre. The facility helps meets the more specialised needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to be able to access and enjoy a better and longer shopping and dining experience in the town centre.

 

  • Borough-wide defibrillator installation: A key priority for the Council is the health and wellbeing of its residents, communities and businesses. The borough-wide defibrillator project delivered with London Hearts has proven to be a very worthy community infrastructure project aimed at saving people’s lives when they collapse from severe heart problems. Therefore, £66,400 was awarded to fund the installation of 30 public access defibrillators across the borough from NCIL fulfilling our aims to keep our communities safe and healthy.

 

  • Trees for Cities: Redbridge Council’s strategic partnership with Trees for Cities which began in 2017 has resulted in over 15,000 trees being planted in parks and schools across the borough (including Seven Kings Park, Barley Lane Recreation Ground, Loxford Park, Ashton’s Playing Fields, Snaresbook Primary School) with community engagement. These trees provide us with multiple benefits including helping to mitigate climate change, improving air quality, sequestering carbon, provide biodiversity habitats, providing cooling and shading, and improving the health and wellbeing of people. The trees will help us meet our Climate Change Action Plan and net zero targets, the Mayor of London’s 10% net increase in tree canopy cover by 2050 target. The planting days are great opportunities for local communities to volunteer their time in planting trees which will have long-term health and environmental benefits for decades to come. We are pleased that Trees for Cities will be helping Redbridge celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting 70 standard trees in parks across the borough (including Goodmayes Park and Clayhall Park) as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy programme with the help from the community volunteers.

 

In 2020, 5,000 trees were planted at Seven Kings Park by this project, with 159 volunteers and 24 community and school tree planting workshops delivered, while 50 street trees were planted in Chadwell Heath with 10 volunteers and 4 tree planting workshops. These projects were part of the three-year strategic partnership between Redbridge Council, Vision RCL and Trees for Cities. The cost was approximately £97,360; Redbridge contributed £25,000 through the Strategic Partnership (25.7%) paid by NCIL and £22,500 through Council funds, a total of £47,500, or 48.8% of the overall costs. The remaining shortfall of £49,860 (51.2%) was raised by the Trees for Cities' fundraising team.

 

  • Work Redbridge Test Trading Project: The event has been arranged for Saturday 4th December in the Loft – Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford. There will an opportunity for 15 start-up traders to sell at this Christmas Market. A number of applications have been received and the Work Redbridge Team will be shortlisting the final traders in November.

 

  • Street Scene Projects: The street scene projects include the following projects funded by the NCIL:
    • Schools Tree Planting (£10,000.00). This fund was Redbridge’s contribution for a Greater London Authority grant to plant 100 trees;
    • Tree planting scheme to create 50 new Highway positions (£32,498.05). Planting scheme in Chadwell heath;
    • The South Woodford Orchard Project (£12,418.40);
    • Bloomin’ Businesses and Bloomin’ Schools Project (£24,172.00). Nearly 50 businesses and schools taking part were given floor or rail planters from the council, along with bulbs and flowers. Those taking part pledged to adopt, bring to bloom and care for the planters to help bring splashes of colour to the borough’s streets and neighbourhoods. 133 rail planters and troughs inspected and planted by this project.
    • Spring Bulb Giveaway (£16,731.66). Gardening enthusiasts across Redbridge joined together for a weekend of ‘Big Planting’ fun after Redbridge Council gave away thousands of spring flowering bulbs to get the borough blooming. 50,000 spring-flowering bulbs were delivered to the community under the council’s ‘Big Bulb Giveaway’, culminating in the borough’s annual ‘Big Planting Weekend’. In total 140 community groups, schools, gardening groups, religious organisations and Scout/Guide groups planted bulbs from the giveaway in communal spaces around Redbridge, which could be enjoyed by the public when they bloom in spring; and
    • Neighbourhoods Team’s Community Gardening and Greening Initiatives (£16,179.89). This fund helped to facilitate the greening projects in Thackery Drive, Redbridge Lane West, Cranbrook Road, Wangey Road and Carlisle Gardens.

 

3. Section 106 agreements

3.1 S106 Contributions received

The table below provides a breakdown of the S106 contributions received over the last three financial years. Please note that the figures are rounded.

Infrastructure Type

2018/19

£m

2019/20

£m

2020/21

£m

Affordable Housing

0.705

0.529

1.091

Apprenticeship Support

-

-

0.002

Community Infrastructure

-

0.213

-

Employment

-

(0.007)

0.033

Epping Forest SAC 

(collected under S106 agreements only)

-

0.001

0.014

Highways

-

0.982

0.127

S106 Monitoring

-

0.004

0.009

Valentines Park

-

-

0.082

Total

0.705

1.722

1.358

Note: CCTV, Education, Health, Open Space, Public Art and Refuse Vehicle received £0 in the last three financial years, hence they are not shown in the tables above.

3.2   Section 106 spending 

The table below provides a breakdown of the projects funded by the S106 Contributions over the last three financial years. Please note that the figures are rounded.

 

2018/19

£m

2019/20 £m

2020/21 £m

Employment and training initiatives

-

0.092

-

Highstreet improvements – festive lighting

-

0.040

-

S106 Monitoring

-

0.020

0.002

Affordable housing programme

-

-

5.419

Total

-

0.152

5.421

Note: There was no spend in 2018/19.

 

This version of the report does not include information on the infrastructure delivered on site as part of new developments in the borough or reporting on non-monetary contributions. Data on developer contributions is imperfect because it represents estimates at a given point in time and can be subject to change. However, the data reported within this document is the most robust available at the time of publication.

4. Infrastructure List

The list below sets out the infrastructure projects, or types of infrastructure, that the Council intends to fund wholly or in part by the Levy.

  • Green infrastructure, public realm and play space
  • Transport improvements
  • Leisure
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Library
  • Community care facilities
  • Community facilities
  • Public art

 

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