What is a Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a
levy that local authorities can choose to charge on most new built
development in their area in order to raise funding to carry out
infrastructure projects. In the borough CIL is proposed to apply to
new residential development and also convenience based supermarkets
and superstores and retail warehouses (net retailing space over 280
CIL is charged on the net additional
floorspace created by development of buildings, according to a
standard schedule of charges.
Liability to pay CIL applies whether
development requires planning permission or is enabled through
permitted development orders (General Permitted Development Order,
Local Development Orders, Enterprise Zones). Monies become payable
upon commencement of building works, but may be phased for larger
sums in accordance with an instalment policy which is
published on the website.
CIL will operate alongside a scaled-back
system of Section 106 agreements covering site related issues and
affordable housing. More information on the Council’s approach to
planning obligations can be found in the Planning Obligations
In investing in the Infrastructure of the
area, CIL is expected to have a positive economic effect on
development in the medium to long term. It will give developers
certainty on what they will have to pay towards infrastructure, and
not being ring-fenced, will give the Borough Council greater
flexibility to help deliver infrastructure when and where it is
The CIL examination was held on 6th November 2013 following
submission of the Draft Charging Schedule to the Planning
Inspectorate on 22nd July 2013 for independent examination. the
Report by Dr Pauleen Lane (appointed examiner) can be viewed
Further information on the submission and
examination of the Draft Charging Schedule is available on the
examination web page, which can be accessed below.
Link to Community Infrastructure Levy Examination
Between Wednesday 17 April 2013 and Thursday 30 May 2013 the
Council consulted on the Draft Charging Schedule that the
council intended to submit for examination.
The Draft Charging Schedule consultation material can be accessed
here. Please note some are large documents.
Prior to the publication of the Draft Charging
Schedule the council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging
Schedule, from 18 December 2012 to 11 February 2013.
The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation material can
be accessed here.