The Infrastructure Investment Fund (IIF) provides funding for strategic infrastructure projects that support the Greater Norwich area as it continues to grow.
The fund is resourced by pooling the Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (SCIL) monies from each Greater Norwich Local Authority (Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council).
In April 2010 a new way of collecting developer contributions to help fund infrastructure projects was introduced. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to charge a tariff, at a locally set rate, on many types of new development. The money can then be used to pay for a wide range of additional infrastructure that is required as a result of development. This can include transport schemes, green infrastructure, schools and community facilities.
Charging schedules were produced jointly by Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council, working together with Norfolk County Council. Each of the district councils is the “Charging Authority” for their area.
Broadland District Council resolved to adopt CIL at its meeting on 9 May 2013 and has been implementing CIL since 1 July 2013. Find out more about the CIL in Broadland.
Norwich City Council resolved to adopt CIL at its meeting on 25 June 2013 and has been implementing CIL since 15 July 2013. Find out more about the CIL in Norwich.
South Norfolk Council resolved to adopt CIL at its meeting on 24 February 2014 and has been implementing CIL since 1 May 2014. Find out more about the CIL in South Norfolk.
The three planning authorities of Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils have a unique partnership arrangement to manage the re-allocation of their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) income. Once the amount for neighborhood CIL and an administration fee is deducted, the remaining balance is transferred to a ‘shared pool’ called the Infrastructure Investment Fund (IIF). Together with Norfolk County Council and the New Anglia LEP, the five partners oversee the delivery of a joint Greater Norwich growth programme of projects under the direction of the Greater Norwich Growth Board (GNGB).
Since the establishment of the GNGB in 2014, the partnership has allocated over £22m of IIF funding and £40m of CIL supported borrowing which has levered in at least an additional £230m to deliver infrastructure projects within the Greater Norwich area.
The GNGB’s partnership working practices, and particularly the pooling arrangements of CIL contributions within the IIF, are considered an ‘exemplar model of working’ by the Planning Advisory Service (PAS). They have also cited the GNGB as a partnership who are pursuing ambitious growth agendas under strong strategic leadership and cross boundary collaboration.
The GNGB have published their project-specific IIF allocations through their joint Five Year Infrastructure Investment Plan on an annual basis since 2016, before it became a legislative requirement to publish this information within an Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS). Greater Norwich’s unique CIL pooling arrangements does not concur with a requirement to report CIL allocations on a District specific basis, because their partnership approach delivers infrastructure cross boundaries. Therefore all CIL re-allocation information required within an IFS continues to be publicly reported within the GNGB’s Five Year Infrastructure Investment Plan which can be found here.
For information regarding CIL income receipted by the three partner planning authorities please see their Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS):
Allocations from the IIF are currently restricted to Transport, Education, Green Infrastructure and Community (which includes sports). These four thematic groups are agreed within the Greater Norwich adopted CIL charging policy. When CIL was initially adopted, local authorities were required to report a regulation 123 list confirming the infrastructure thematic groups which were considered within their CIL charging calculations and therefore the groups to which CIL can be reallocated to. Although the need for this list was withdrawn by legislation from September 2019, this does not automatically allow other groups to apply to the IIF as the Greater Norwich authorities are still adhering to their locally adopted CIL charging policy.