Community Infrastructure Levy and planning obligations

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

Planning obligations

We use planning obligations to make development acceptable in planning terms. Examples of planning obligations that we typically seek:

Type of planning obligationFurther information
Special Protection Area (SPA) mitigationThames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
Affordable housingNew affordable housing in Rushmoor
Transport improvementsTransport contributions SPD
Open spacepdf icon Open Space - Cabinet report agreeing developer contributions [10kb]

Our charges for 2019/20 are:

£1,800 per one-bed unit
£2,200 per two-bed + unit

Community infrastructure levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new development to raise funds to provide infrastructure based on a charge per square metre (sqm) on new floorspace created. 

We have not introduced a level because of the following concens:

  • The difficulties of funding Special Protection Area (SPA) mitigation measure though the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Anticipated income levels are likely to be lower than income received through s106
  • Resource requirements to implement the Community Infrastructure Levy

In 2014, our Cabinet agreed to delay the introduction of Community Infrastructure Levy charging. Since then, there have been a number of government consultations on the levy, with the most recent being on proposed changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy legislation. We are waiting for the publication of the revised Community Infrastructure Levy regulations and will then review our position.

You can find out more information about planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in the Goverment planning practice guidance (NPPG) document.

 
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