Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
What is CIL?
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a new levy introduced in April 2010 which enables local authorities in England and Wales to set a charge on most types of new development in their area. The CIL is a charge per square metre on new development. The CIL Regulations allow charging authorities to set differential rates by type, size and location of development. The money generated from CIL can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that that is needed to support growth in the area. This can include things such as community facilities, education and transport improvements.
Each local authority prepares a Charging Schedule that identifies the level of CIL that will be applied to each type of chargeable development. Once introduced the CIL is mandatory and will be charged against all new development the meets the qualifying criteria.
CIL must be generally ‘affordable’ for developers and must not be seen to threaten the overall viability of development in a given area. Further information on CIL, including the CIL Regulations, can be viewed in the CIL supporting documents section.
The CIL Charging Schedule must be informed by an appropriate evidence base. Comprehensive viability studies have been carried out which set out detailed evidence on development viability across a range of sites and uses in Monmouthshire. These documents are also available to view in the CIL supporting documents section.
Key Stages for Adopting a CIL Charging Schedule:
- Stage 1: Publication/Consultation on Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
- Stage 2: Publication/Consultation on Draft Charging Schedule
- Stage 3: Submission for Examination
- Stage 4: Examination of the Draft Charging Schedule
- Stage 5: Adoption of the Charging Schedule and Implementation of CIL
The Council consulted on the CIL Draft Charging Schedule (DCS) from Thursday 24th March to Thursday 5th May 2016 (Stage 2).
What happens next?
Following the consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule, the next stage would have been the submission of the DCS for independent examination. Submission was delayed, however, pending the response of the UK government to the recommendations of the Peace Group CIL Review Report (October 2016), which accompanied the Housing White Paper Fixing our broken housing market (February 2017). A Government announcement on the future of CIL was anticipated in the Autumn Budget 2017, after which the Council intended to reassess its position on CIL. In the Autumn Budget statement the changes announced by the Chancellor were relatively minor and did not take on board the significant amendments recommended in the Peace Review, although subsequently the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has carried out a consultation on some proposed changes to the means of supporting housing delivery through developer contributions. This consultation only applied in England, however, as the Wales Act 2017 has devolved CIL to the Welsh Government, which to date has given no indication of its likely approach to CIL. Given the uncertainty over the measure, therefore, further implementation of CIL has been held in abeyance and the Council will re-consider its position on CIL during the course of the LDP Revision process.
An important element of the CIL preparation process involves the carrying out of an infrastructure assessment.
For any queries regarding CIL please contact the Planning Policy Team:
Tel: 01633 644429