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Final comments sought on Community Infrastructure Levy
 
 


Release date: 17 April 2012

Community Infrastructure Levy
Public consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy
Further comments are invited on New Forest District Council's draft charging schedule for a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Following an initial consultation on the preliminary draft schedule, the council has reviewed all the comments made and amended the schedule where needed. The amended schedule was given full council approval yesterday (16 April) and will now be subject to a four-week period of representation (Friday 20 April to Friday 18 May) before being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for formal examination.

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 by mitigating the impact of the development - for example: road schemes, park improvements or new community facilities.

The charge applies to most new buildings with 100sq.m or more of gross internal floorspace or the construction of at least one dwelling. Charities and affordable housing are exempt from paying the levy.

New Forest District Council is proposing 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.

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.

"Thank you to everyone who commented on the preliminary schedule. We have considered all the comments received and made changes where appropriate."

You can view the draft charging schedule and find out how to make a representation on the council's website at newforest.gov.uk/haveyoursay from 20 April.

Copies of the charging schedule and representation forms are also available to view at locations around the district, including the council's offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst.

For further information, contact the Policy and Plans Team, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA, telephone 023 8028 5345 or email cilconsultation@nfdc.gov.uk

Please ensure your representations reach the council by Friday 18 May.

Once this period of representation has finished, the charging schedule will then be submitted for formal examination.