Since April 2010, local planning authorities have been permitted to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in their area. The purpose of CIL is to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects, to help pay for infrastructure that is needed to support new development. It can be used to fund a wide variety of infrastructure including:
It will replace Section 106 contributions for many forms of infrastructure, although Section 106 agreements can still be used for site-specific mitigation measures and for affordable housing provision.
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. A project plan and timetable for the Cambridge Community Infrastructure Levy was agreed at Development Plan Scrutiny Sub Committee on 17 July 2012.
The Cambridge Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation closed on 29 April 2013. This consultation related to the council's initial ideas on appropriate rates to charge on most types of new development in the area. Detailed representations received and the Councils response to specific points raised are included in the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule Statement of Consultation [PDF, 2MB] , which is available as part of the background documents.
The Council has taken into account comments received during the consultation and published a further version of its CIL proposals – the CIL Draft Charging Schedule.
Current Status – Consultation on Draft CIL Charging Schedule.
Following approval by the Council in October 2013 the Council published its Draft Charging Schedule and consulted on this and it's supporting documents. Consultation on the Draft CIL Charging Schedule ran from 9am on 28 October to 5pm on 9 December 2013.
You view the responses via the online consultation system.
CIL Draft Charging Schedule Consultation documents
Following this consultation the Council intend to submit the Draft Charging Schedule for Examination. Therefore all representations made in this consultation will be submitted to the examiner as part of the examination procedure.
The Council has committed to taking a Community Infrastructure Levy forwards in parallel with it's Local Plan Review . Examination and adoption of the Charging Schedule will therefore follow examination and adoption of the Cambridge Local Plan 2014. It is currently anticipated that the Council will adopt the Charging Schedule in early 2015.