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CIL expenditure will be determined by our CIL Investment Committee’ – a group of cross-borough, cross-party councillors representing each of the borough’s main settlements - on the following principles; 

  • A minimum of 50 per cent (inclusive of any parish/town council top slice) to be spent on infrastructure to facilitate or mitigate the impacts of growth in the local area where CIL was been generated.
  • The remaining funds to be spent on wider infrastructure requirements in the borough 
  • To consider requests for funding of the above based on a ‘rationalisation’ exercise undertaken by our officers in consultation with relevant stakeholders including Hertfordshire County Council 
  • To invite bids for funding twice a year


Submission of funding bids can be made straight to the committee or through the relevant department (e.g. ‘Parks’ for open space projects). In the first instance it is advised that requests are discussed with the relevant department (or the planning department) so advice can be given on the suitability of the project. Where Hertfordshire County Council is the statutory body for a scheme, such as for transport or education provision (including free schools), the bid must first be submitted through HCC. Further information is available on the council’s CIL webpage.

Decisions made by the CIL Investment Committee will be published, and will be justified against the following criteria; 

  • Is the investment required to enable or mitigate the impacts of growth?
  • Does the proposal support any objective of the adopted local plan or any other local investment strategy?
  • Would investment lead to potential income generation – such as enabling more CIL liable development to come forward
  • Would investment reduce on-going costs placed on the council and local community in the long-term
  • What would be the impact if investment was delayed (additional cost)?
  • Are there more cost effective options for delivery?
  • Does the investment lever in funding from another source?
  • Are there other funding mechanisms available that may be available in future?
  • How would any future revenue costs associated with the investment be funded?
  • How deliverable is the infrastructure scheme?
  • Are there risks associated with the infrastructure scheme?
  • Are other statutory consents required before the infrastructure scheme could proceed?


For more information please see the Guide to CIL expenditure in Hertsmere.

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