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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) lets local planning authorities raise funds from developers who are undertaking building projects in their area. The funds raised from new developments can be used for improvements to local infrastructure such as roads, schools and open spaces.

CIL contributions would replace much of those made under the present Section 106 system.

The preliminary stage for CIL was to review and understand what infrastructure maybe required. This was undertaken through an Infrastructure Delivery Plan:

Next steps

The next steps would be a study of viability in order to evaluate the potential level of contributions that may be sought. The scope of the schemes would be broadly defined by the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, although these would be further refined and updated (selected) in the compilation of the schedule that has to accompany the CIL. The process is then expected to continue through the consultation and examination to enable a CIL to be established.

Following the Housing White Paper the Council is waiting further guidance on how CIL may evolve.