Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new development to raise funds to provide infrastructure.

About the Community Infrastructure Levy

The purpose of a Community Infrastructure Levy is to raise money to provide infrastructure that is needed to support development across Rushmoor. This money is generated through a charge per square metre (sqm) on new floorspace created, for example, £80 per sqm. The money raised could be used towards transport schemes, schools, parks, green spaces and other community facilities.

The Community Infrastructure Levy will largely replace section 106 (s106) developer contributions, although these can still be used, in particular for site-specific infrastructure and to provide affordable housing.

Our approach to the Community Infrastructure Levy

The introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy has always been of some concern to us. The main reasons for this are:

  • The difficulties of funding Special Protection Area (SPA) mitigation measures through the Community Infrastructure Levy, as some developments would not generate any Community Infrastructure Levy money (for example, conversions that generate no additional floorspace) and would not therefore fund their own mitigation
  • Anticipated income levels are likely to be lower than income received through s106 because of the types of development that are exempt from the Community Infrastructure Levy, and the fact that on qualifying developments, the levy is only chargeable on net additional floorspace. This means there will be less money to spend on infrastructure
  • We would need additional resources to implement a Community Infrastructure Levy charge

Because of the complexity of the Community Infrastructure Levy, the resources needed to establish a charge and to implement it and the likelihood of no financial advantage towards the funding of infrastructure in the borough, our Cabinet had agreed that until we have greater certainty about the future of the Community Infrastructure Levy under the current, or a future, government, we should delay the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule.

You can find more details about this in the pdf icon Cabinet report of July 2014 about the Community Infrastructure Levy [196kb].

We will review this decision in 2017 once we have more clarity about the future of the Community Infrastructure Levy and greater experience of working within a more limited s106 process.

You can find out more information about the Community Infrastructure Levy on the GOV.UK website.

Previous consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy

In October and November 2012, we consulted on our pdf icon preliminary draft Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule [781kb], which identifies our proposed charges for different types of uses.

We also prepared a number of supporting documents which consider the economic impact of charging different rates and our future need for infrastructure.

The supporting documents are:

You can view these documents at the council offices and at Aldershot and Farnborough libraries.

We have also produced pdf icon a summary of the responses [246kb] we received to the preliminary draft Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule.

We have carried out an assessment, known as a screening process, to decide if we need a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule.  Our  pdf icon screening statement [180kb] identifies that an SEA would not be necessary.

 
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