Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
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 and are based on the size and type of new development, charges 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.
The need for CIL will depend on the level of development required in the District. This is being addressed in the Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036).
Community Infrastructure Levy - Background
Work on developing CIL in Chiltern and South Bucks was temporarily put on hold following the publication of the Governments 2017 Housing White Paper. Following further information regarding potential changes to the CIL regime outlined in the Autumn 2017 Budget, work on preparing CIL charging schedules for Chiltern and South Bucks has now re-started. In February 2018, both Councils approved a revised CIL LDS setting out the key stages in the timetable for producing CIL charging schedules. Further information can be found on our Local Development Scheme (LDS) page.
On 19th December 2016 the Joint Cabinet for Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to:
- Endorse the principle of introducing CIL in Chiltern and South Bucks Districts;
- Authorise a budget to carry out preparatory evidence base work on CIL;
- Publish a Local Development Scheme setting out the proposed timetable for the preparation of CIL; and
- Delegate authority to the Head of Sustainable Development to seek agreement from the Secretary of State for the 2 District Charging Schedules and Joint Local Plan to be examined jointly.
The Cabinet Meeting minutes and agenda and timetable are available on the Local Development Scheme (LDS) page.
The CIL timetable is co-ordinated to follow on from the Local Plan timetable and provide the opportunity for a joint Examination process. The Local Plan timetable anticipated reaching the Regulation 19 stage in June/July 2018 however this will now not be possible. This is because the Councils are required to undertake additional specific strategic highway (motorway) junction modelling. As a result the Local Plan timetable and as a result the CIL timetable will need to be reviewed once the timetabling implications of the additional modelling is known.