Community infrastructure levy

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:

  • transport schemes
  • flood defences
  • schools, hospitals and other health and social care facilities
  • parks, green spaces and leisure centres.

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.

Current status: Examination of the Cambridge draft CIL charging schedule

Consultation on the Draft CIL Charging Schedule ran from 9am on 28 October 2013 to 5pm on 9 December 2013.

You can view the responses via the online consultation system.

Following on from the consultation the Council has submitted its Draft CIL Charging Schedule and supporting evidence to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination on 28 March 2014. This is in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 (as amended).

The Draft CIL Charging Schedule has been submitted alongside the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 - Proposed Submission. Examination of the Draft CIL Charging Schedule will follow the examination of the Local Plan. 

The submitted Cambridge Draft CIL Charging Schedule will now be subjected to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. An independent planning inspector, Laura Graham BSc MA MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct the examination. The same Inspector has been appointed to consider the 'soundness' of the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 - Proposed Submission.

Part of the examination process could involve hearing sessions, where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the appointed Planning Inspector. Any hearing sessions are likely to take place after the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 – Proposed Submission hearing sessions. The examination hearings for the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 - Proposed Submission commenced on 4 November 2014. For more information on the progress of the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 examination visit our Local Plan Examination pages.

Hard copies of the submission documents for both the Cambridge Local Plan 2014 are available to view at Cambridge City Council’s Customer Service Centre at Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1BY between 9am and 5.15pm on weekdays.

This page will be updated on a continuous basis as and when new information is received.

Programme officer

The examination process is administered by the programme officer. The programme officer appointed for the examination is Gloria Alexander. Enquiries in relation to the administrative aspects of the examination should be made directly to her.

Submission and examination documents

The table below provides a list of submitted documents and other documents related to the examination:

Submission stage: March 2014

Draft CIL charging schedule consultation: October/December 2013

Preliminary draft CIL charging schedule stage: March/April 2013

Infrastructure evidence

Viability evidence

Local Plan

Other supporting documents

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