Winchester Town Forum - Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

An exciting new opportunity for groups and organisations in Winchester Town wards to shape improvements in their local areas.  

What is the Town Forum?

Winchester Town Forum is made up of the  the 14 councillors representing the City wards.  It's  a consultative and advisory body on issues affecting the 5 Winchester Town district wards – to find out more about the Forum follow the link at the bottom of this page.

What is CIL?

CIL is the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is generated by certain types of development.  Part of the  funds raised (known as the neighbourhood portion) is distributed to the parish where the development is taking place.  As there are no parishes in the City the Town Forum will consider and advise on how the City's neighbourhood proportion should be spent.

The Town Forum has recently set up a Town Improvement Fund (TIF) to support community-led improvement of the environment and infrastructure in the Town area and is drawing up a long list of potential projects to fund. They are now inviting project proposals from community organisations and local groups in the Winchester Town area.

The TIF is funded by the neighbourhood portion of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) raised from developments in the Town area. By creating this improvement fund, the Town Forum wishes to ensure that this portion of the CIL is used most effectively for Community benefit.
The Fund is aimed at one-off capital projects which address individual neighbourhood or multi-neighbourhood issues in Winchester Town. Priority will be given to proposals that support the aims of the Vision for Winchester Town – there’s a link at the bottom of the page - local community plans, and any other strategies relevant to the Town area.

How can Community groups can get involved?

Proposals should generally have an estimated cost to the Fund of between £1,000 and £50,000. There may be higher value projects where CIL funding is considered appropriate but it's likely that the Town Forum’s contribution to the total would be no more than £50,000.
Groups who are considering a scheme for funding should discuss their idea with the relevant ward councillors before submitting a proposal. Detailed information on how to submit a proposal to the Town Improvement Fund can be found below. Proposals can be submitted between June and September each year.

This is an exciting opportunity for our communities to shape improvements in their area in ways that will really meet the needs of local people.