Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
CIL can be used to fund a wide variety of infrastructure including:
- transport schemes;
- flood defences;
- schools, and community facilities; and,
- parks, green spaces and leisure centres.
As almost all development has some impact on the need for infrastructure, services and amenities, this tariff-based approach is seen as an effective, quicker and fairer framework to fund new infrastructure to support growth.
CIL is applied as a charge on each square metre of floor space in new buildings, with a minimum threshold of 100 square metres or a single dwelling. Some types of development are exempt, for example social housing is eligible for 100% relief.
Rates of CIL will be set out in a document known as a 'charging schedule'. A charging schedule sets out a rate per square metre for all qualifying development. This involves consultation and independent examination.
Relationship between CIL and the Joint Core Strategy (JCS)
The JCS councils commissioned consultants, Peter Brett Associates who have assessed the scope for a CIL charge for each of the three JCS councils (Cheltenham Borough, Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough) based on the JCS infrastructure and viability evidence. Legislation requires that each of the JCS councils has its own charging schedule for CIL but the intention is that charging schedules would be aligned to deliver the best contribution toward infrastructure to support new development.
Consultation and Examination
The consultation exercise on the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedules (PDCS) took place between 29 May and 10 July 2015.
Following analysis of the comments received during the PDCS consultation, revised Draft Charging Schedules (DCS) were prepared and consulted upon between 13 May and 24 June 2016.
The responses received during the DCS consultation were then provided to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination and the JCS councils are currently making arrangements with the Examiner for Public Hearing Sessions – dates and timetable to be confirmed.
Electronic copies of the documents and the supporting evidence that has informed the charges can be found on the JCS website.