Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
Community Infrastructure Levy Consultation
Chiltern and South Bucks are now consulting on a draft infrastructure charging schedule, running from Friday 2 November until Friday 14 December. The Councils will take account of the responses to this consultation and will prepare an amended Charging Schedule for the second consultation, expected in 2019. Following that stage of consultation, the charging schedule will then be submitted for an independent Public Examination to be arranged in which a Planning Inspector will consider evidence from the Councils and from developers, planning agents, stakeholders, Parish Councils, residents' groups, the County Council, infrastructure providers and other likely interested parties.
What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that local authorities in England and Wales can prepare and, if adopted, charge developers for specified new developments in their area. Charges are set by the local authority, are based on the size and type of new development and must be justified by a robust evidence base. Money raised from the CIL can be used to fund infrastructure required in the area where there is an identified need.
Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are in the process of producing a joint Local Plan to cover the period 2016-2036. It is therefore prudent to produce a CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule at this time so that it can be demonstrated that CIL could support the infrastructure costs of delivering the new Local Plan. Councils set CIL charging rates by producing a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. To be able to collect money through CIL, Councils undertake two stages of consultation, this being the first. Following this consultation, the Councils will take account of the comments received and produce a Final Draft Charging Schedule for consultation. The comments received on this later consultation will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector who will determine if the CIL charging schedule is able to be adopted by the Councils.