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.
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:
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.
For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page can be viewed directly via www.stratford.gov.uk/cil