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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

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  • Full Council (a meeting of all district councillors) voted on 11 December 2017 to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule. The CIL Charging Schedule came into effect from 1 February 2018.

What is CIL?

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge that was introduced by central government under the Planning Act of 2008. It is a tool that local authorities can use to ensure that development contributes to the cost of the infrastructure it will rely upon.

Developers will pay a fixed rate for each square metre of additional floor space. This will be paid at the start of development or through phased payments during construction. Stratford District Council will collect the funds in our district as the authority that prepares the development plan for the area. The money raised through CIL will be used to help fund the physical, green and social infrastructure needed to support development.

CIL will operate alongside and partially replace Section 106 agreements. The latter will still be the main mechanism for securing on-site infrastructure, dealing with site-specific issues and providing affordable housing. CIL will replace S106 agreements for funding the general infrastructure required to achieve growth and for dealing with the cumulative demands on infrastructure from smaller developments.

The aim of this new approach is to speed up the process of development and reduce the delays involved in negotiating complex agreements. A fixed rate will increase openness and transparency, and provide developers with greater certainty about the costs of planning obligations when they are preparing a scheme.

Revenues for Town/Parish Councils

Under the CIL (Amendment) Regulations 2013, a proportion of CIL revenues will be passed to town and parish councils to be spent on local priorities for infrastructure and community facilities:

  • Parishes with an adopted neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order (including a community right to build order) will receive 25% of CIL revenues arising from the development that takes place in their area. This amount will not be subject to an annual cap.
  • Parishes without a neighbourhood plan will receive 15%. To prevent excessive amounts being passed on, the payments will be subject to a yearly cap of £100 per existing rateable council tax dwelling per year.

Adopted CIL Charging Schedule and adoption documents

The CIL Charging Schedule (and supporting documents) listed below are the versions adopted by Full Council on 11 December 2017. We have also prepared a guide to explain CIL to prospective applicants.

Previous versions and a summary of the progress since initial drafts in late 2013 can be found in the "CIL progress" section below. More information on the examination process can be found on our Community Infrastructure Levy Examination page.

CIL progress

  • Full Council voted on 11 December 2017 to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule. The CIL Charging Schedule came into effect on 1 February 2018.
  • We received the final examiner's report on our CIL Charging Schedule on 4 September 2017.
  • We held a consultation during November and December of 2016 on new technical evidence following a request from the inspector to carry out further 'sensitivity testing' to inform our proposed CIL charges.
  • We submitted our CIL Submission Charging Schedule (SCS) to the Planning Inspectorate on 6 January 2016, after a consultation that ran from October to November 2015. Rebecca Phillips was appointed as the examination inspector.
  • Previously, we consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule between October and December 2013, and a Draft Charging Schedule between August and October 2014.
  • The responses to previous consultations can be viewed using our Planning Policy Consultation Viewer.

Find out more

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Last updated on 08/02/2018

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