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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 sq m).

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 SPD.

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 needed.


CIL Examination

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 here.

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 Page


Previous Consultations

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.