CIL-Funded Projects

Applications for twelve projects were received in first round of funding for projects in the WNF area, funded by the Neighbourhood Portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”: funding derived from a levy on large local developments such as the Mill Site and Oxford North).. Comments from the community were encouraged to help the steering committee make decisions on funding.

The WNF Steering Committee met on 22 October 2021, and made the following recommendations for Community Projects to be allocated CIL funding. These recommendations will now be taken to the City Council by the local City Councillors. For more details, see the minutes of the meeting.

  • Defribrillator for Five Mile Drive / Lakeside area (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • A34 sound survey (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • John Rowland portrait and clock (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Five Mile Drive notice board (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Harbord Road traffic survey (view): Not recommended for funding.
  • Blandford Avenue & Sunderland Avenue area traffic calming (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Cutteslow Park Woodland Trail (view): Recommended for funding.
  • White Hart Pub & market garden (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Davenant Road – traffic calming Phase 2 (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Tree planting on Nixey’s Field (view): Recommended for funding.
  • Lower Wolvercote playground improvement (view): Not recommended for funding at this stage.
  • Godstow Road canal steps improvement (view): Application withdrawn.

All the applications bundled together as one pdf file: view


Information is given below about the application process (now closed for this round).

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The timetable for Round 1 applications was as below:

  • 22 October 2021: WNF steering committee met to make recommendations for funding.
  • 21 October 2021: (extended) deadline for community comments on proposals.
  • 30 September 2021: Deadline for project application submissions;
  • 7 October 2021: Project applications will be published for comments;
  • 14 October 2021: Deadline for comments to be submitted; 
  • 28 October 2021: Recommendations will be made to WNF Area Councillors on projects to be funded in this round;
  • (Expected) Early 2022: funding becomes available to approved projects.

The Steering Committee will not consider applications for sums greater than £10k in the first year of the operation of this CIL policy unless there are exceptional circumstances – this limit will be reviewed in the first quarter of 2022. Two quotes are normally to be provided for projects over £1k, together with reasons for the preferred quote.

When considering whether a project might be suitable for this funding, applicants might take note of a list of “Community Aspirations”, which evolved from Community Policies and additional comments made by residents attending meetings and exhibitions organised by WNF.  This list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome ideas and suggestions.
The list (pdf) is here: