Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Portion

We are inviting people in Poole to bid for funding to support local infrastructure projects.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion fund currently totals around £800k. The fund can only be spent on local infrastructure projects, such as enhancements to local open spaces and play areas, education provision, transport, health and community facilities.

The CIL Neighbourhood Portion fund is a great opportunity for communities to help shape their areas.

As required by national policy and guidance, 15% of the Community Infrastructure Levy is set aside for the Neighbourhood Portion fund.

For communities located in existing Neighbourhood Forum areas, the CIL Neighbourhood Portion is kept for use in their areas and can be up to 25% of CIL monies collected. In Poole there are currently two Neighbourhood Forums; Poole Quays Forum, (which has a Neighbourhood Plan in place) and Broadstone.

View the Neighbourhood Portion map to find out if you live in an area which is eligible to apply. Zone A is eligible, Zone B is a Neighbourhood Forum area, and not eligible.

We will liaise directly with these Neighbourhood Forums to identify how their CIL Neighbourhood Portion will be spent.

For the rest of Poole, we have set up this bidding process for communities to identify how they want their Neighbourhood Portion to be spent.

Apply for funding from the Neighbourhood Portion

Read our CIL Neighbourhood Portion fund guidance to find out how to make a good bid for funding.

Use our CIL Neighbourhood Portion funding bid form to apply for funding.

An important part of the bid is to liaise with ward councillors, the local community and the relevant council departments so that you can demonstrate in your bid that:

  • there is local support for the project
  • if required, we are able to fulfil the project

Email your completed bid form to, or return it by post to:

Planning Policy and Implementation Manager
CIL Neighbourhood Portion
Borough of Poole
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

You can apply for funding until 31 October 2018 at 5pm.

Funding bid assessments

The third round closes at 5pm on 31 October 2018. After this our CIL working party will assess the bids and make recommendations on how best to allocate the funds.

The head of Growth and Infrastructure will consider the recommendations and make a final decision.

We will contact all successful applicants and request further information on how they plan to use the funds.

First round of the CIL Neighbourhood Portion update

Local community projects in Poole will benefit from more than £700,000 thanks to a new scheme created by Borough of Poole.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Portion Scheme will provide much needed support to 23 worthwhile projects that deliver benefits in areas where development has taken place.

Projects receiving a funding boost include a £150,000 restoration of Hamworthy paddling pool, a £3,000 nautical theme community garden at Oakdale Library, £400,000 to restore a Mediterranean shrub border in Sandbanks and £1,000 to maintain and enhance 20 planters in Upper Parkstone and Alderney.

We are currently completing due diligence checks on all successful applications provisionally awarded funding in December 2017. Once we have completed these checks, we will contact applicants to help deliver their projects.

CIL Neighbourhood Fund projects: Results from the first bid round (October 2017)

The projects that have funding agreed in principle are:

  • Alderney West Community Centre: enhancements to existing fixtures and fittings such as a new toilet and kitchen facilities, decoration and upgrade of electronics
  • Alton Road: new zebra crossing
  • Ashdown Leisure Centre: new automatic doors throughout centre to improve accessibility
  • BH12 Planters: enhancing 20 planters and tools
  • Branksome Recreation Ground: enhancements to recreation ground
  • Cabot Lane, Waterloo Road: road safety measures
  • Canford Heath Community Centre: enhancements to existing fixtures and fittings such as kitchen, boiler system, toilets and electronics
  • Canford Heath Junior School: new drop off zone outside the school to improve traffic flow and safety
  • Canford Magna church community building: extension to provide more community and cultural facilities
  • Creekmoor: new bus shelter
  • Down in the Woods Pre-school: provision of security measures
  • Fern Barrow junction: new bus shelter
  • Good Gym: supports running of the club and its volunteer works that will benefit the wider community
  • Hamworthy paddling pool: restoration of paddling pool
  • Midway Path, Sandbanks: restoration of Mediterranean shrub border
  • Oakdale Library: new community garden
  • Poole Men's Shed: new extension to community facility
  • Ringwood Road junction: new accessible crossing
  • Rossmore Leisure Centre: new automatic doors throughout centre to improve accessibility
  • Sherborne Crescent: new zebra crossings
  • Sterte Community Garden: provision of an information board to inform the local community about the park and other activities and events of Sterte residents
  • Surrey Road: new zebra crossing
  • Zig Zag path at Canford Cliffs: enhancements to existing garden
Page last updated: 03 August 2018
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