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. This money would be generated through a charge per square metre (sqm) on new floorspace created. 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 agreed in 2014 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].

Review of the Community Infrastructure Levy

The government carried out a consultation on reforming developer contributions, including proposed changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended). The consultation closed on 31 January.

We will be considering the implications of these proposals and reviewing the previous decision we made to put the Community Infrastructure Levy on hold. The viability evidence that we prepared to support the Local Plan in 2017 has taken into account potential future Community Infrastructure Levy rates. This evidence will be available to inform an emerging Community Infrastructure Levy charge, subject to the need to update it to take into account of any changes the government proposes to the Community Infrastructure Levy.

We can only introduce the levy once we have prepared and adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule. This must go through a process of consultation and independent examination before we can adopt it.

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

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