Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) & Infrastructure Delivery Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new way local authorities can raise funds towards infrastructure from developments in their area. This will in the majority of cases replace the existing system of using planning obligations (Section 106 agreements) to secure funds. The money can be used to fund infrastructure that supports development.

CIL is a non-negotiable charge on development and is calculated as pounds per square metre based on the net level of development proposed. In order to charge CIL the Borough Council must set CIL rates based on evidence of viability and produce a CIL charging schedule which is subject to an independent examination.

The Borough Council's CIL Charging Schedule was adopted by Full Council on the 16th July 2014. The CIL Charging Schedule will come into effect on the 1st December 2014. This means that all applications registered on or after the 1st October 2014 may be CIL liable. From the 1st October 2014 the Planning Authority will therefore require all planning applications, including householder planning applications and applications for certificates of lawfulness, to be accompanied by an additional CIL information form which will be made available on the Council's website.

Examination

The examination into the Council's CIL charging Schedule was held on the 19th February 2014

Previous Stages of CIL Consultation

The Borough Council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule between Monday 6th August and Friday 28th September 2012. The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule was set out in an appendix to a CIL consultation document which is available to view by following the link below.

The Borough Council received 17 representations to the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation and these are available to view by following the link below.

The Infrastructure Delivery SPD

To clarify its approach to S106 obligations and CIL as well as how S106/CIL funds will be prioritised, the Borough Council has produced an Infrastructure Delivery Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Infrastructure Delivery SPD was adopted by the Council on the 22nd July 2014. The Implementation date for the Infrastructure Delivery SPD will be the 1st December when the CIL charging schedule is implemented.