Wandsworth Local Fund

The Wandsworth Local Fund

The Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF) - the neighbourhood contribution of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - is a charge the council issues (mainly on new homes and developments) to pay for community and social infrastructure needed to support the development, such as new or safer roads, park improvements or a new health centre.

Most of the funds will be spent on borough-wide, strategic CIL projects, but 15 per cent must be spent on projects that take into account the views of the neighbourhood where the new development has been built. For more details on the WLF and for examples of previous successful projects see the information pack.

Four waves of projects have been approved so far, amounting to £5.9m.

Public Consultation

Over 500 individuals and organisations responded to our 2014 consultation on how WLF money should be spent, with the following borough-wide priorities being identified:

  • Making the area feel safer
  • Improving parks, commons and riverside walks
  • Repairing roads and pavements
  • Better facilities for cyclists, and
  • New and improved green spaces.

Full results of the consultation can be found here.

Wandsworth Local Fund Neighbourhoods

  • Balham*
  • Battersea (£351,123 available)
  • Putney (£331,000 available)
  • Nine Elms**
  • Tooting (£181,738 available)
  • Wandsworth (£627,534 available)

* temporarily currently closed to applications due to insufficient funds.

** The Nine Elms pot is required to fund the wider redevelopment programme being undertaken and, at present, is therefore not available for the submission of bids

You can use the 'CIL Neighbourhood' legend in Wandsworth Maps to view the boundaries.

As of September 2017, approximately £11m of neighbourhood CIL has been collected. This figure will increase as further development takes place.

See the latest report on approved projects.

Wave 5

Wave 5 of the WLF will be open to applications from Monday 13th November 2017 to Wednesday 31st January 2018.

The amount of WLF collected by the council is expected to continue to increase over the next few years, allowing a continuing stream of projects to be brought forward.

The application must meet the criteria set out below and on pages 8 and 9 of Committee Paper No. 14-513 that was approved by the Council's Executive in October 2014.


  • Should not have any extra revenue implications to the Council.
  • Estimated total cost of scheme should typically be over £20,000.
  • Should not cost more than the levy income available.
  • Should be able to be started within the year ahead.
  • Must receive endorsement by at least two ward members from the relevant neighbourhood, with more weight given to those schemes with a greater proportion of member support.
  • Will be considered more favourably if they benefit a greater number of residents/businesses.
  • Must demonstrate that all other forms of funding have been considered.
  • Must demonstrate that it is value for money.

If you are interested in bringing forward a scheme in your area which meets the WLF criteria then please contact your local councillor in the first instance.

The Wave 5 application form.

Completed application forms should be sent to WLF@wandsworth.gov.uk.

This page will be kept updated with relevant information about the WLF.

If you require further information, please email WLF@wandsworth.gov.uk.