From Saturday 1 June 2019 Cotswold District Council will implement the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The CIL is a locally set charge that can be placed on development, such as new homes and extensions to homes according to their floor area. The fees generated through the levy will contribute to the funding of infrastructure which supports development growth across the District.
The CIL is intended to supplement other funding streams and to give councils and communities more choice and flexibility in how infrastructure is funded.
The scheme will apply to all relevant planning applications determined on or after 1 June, even if they were submitted in advance of this date. CIL may also apply to Lawful Development Certificates and Permitted Development.
Commenting on the introduction of the new charge, Cllr Rachel Coxcoon, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Climate Change and Energy, said,
“CIL is considered to be fairer, faster and more certain and transparent than the current system of planning obligations which are generally negotiated on a ‘case-by case’ basis. Levy rates are non-negotiable and they provide more certainty ‘up front’ about how much money developers will be expected to contribute. Local town and parish councils will be given a slice of the levy collected in the parish to spend on local priorities; this will be up to a maximum of 25% for those with neighbourhood plans.”
More information about CIL is available on the CDC website.