Public consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy
Release date: 10 January 2012
Comments are invited on New Forest District Council's proposals to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments.
The CIL is a new levy that local authorities can charge on new developments in their area. CIL will largely replace the current system of seeking developer contributions under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act. The money will be used to fund associated infrastructure that the council and local community would like to benefit neighbourhoods - for example, road schemes, park improvements or a new health centre.
The six week public consultation runs from 16 January 2012, and views are sought from all interested parties on the proposals.
New Forest District Council is proposing, for consultation, a CIL charge of £80 per sq m for new residential development and £200 per sq m for new retail developments larger than 1,000sq m. All other developments are proposed to be zero-rated and will pay no CIL charge. Charities and affordable housing are exempt from paying the levy.
If you would like to see the full charging schedule and related background information, visit the council's website at: www.newforest.gov.uk/haveyoursay from 16 January or visit any council information office in the district.
New Forest District Council's portfolio holder for planning and transportation, Councillor Paul Vickers, said: "I believe the Community Infrastructure Levy is a fair system, which will bring much needed simplicity and transparency to the planning application process and will benefit all parties concerned. It will also enable the council to take on larger infrastructure projects than is currently possible under the current section 106 Agreements.
"We are keen to hear the views on the proposals of the public, of developers and their agents and of any other interested parties so I would like to encourage people to take part in the consultation."
Send your comments to:
Policy and Plans Team,
Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 023 8028 5345
Please ensure your comments reach the council by 27 February 2012
Once this consultation has finished, and the responses received have been considered by the council, another draft charging schedule will be published (planned for May 2012). The charging schedule will then be checked by an independent examiner (planned for autumn 2012).