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Give your views on the Community Infrastructure Levy

Give your views on the Community Infrastructure Levy
Andrew O'Connor

As a Brightonian, you are able to give your views on introducing a new levy on development. New plans will see money raised through the levy will go towards paying for schools, roads, parks, flood defences, health and other community infrastructure.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local councils to raise funds from new building projects in their area. CIL contributions can be spent  on citywide infrastructure, which means the council can direct support to areas in most need.

Residents, developers, businesses and other organisations have the opportunity to comment on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule which sets out proposed charging rates for the new contributions as £ per square metre of new floorspace.

Councillor Julie Cattell, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: “The introduction of CIL will ensure that more landowners and developers make appropriate contributions towards broader city-wide infrastructure projects. The introduction of a CIL was also recommended by the Planning Advisory Service Peer Review of the Planning Service in 2016 and is one of a number of projects underway to modernise the service.

“What we are trying to achieve is a balance between gaining income to help provide community facilities and infrastructure, while ensuring this is realistic for developers looking to invest and build in the city – that’s why everyone’s input will be invaluable to help the council move forward.”

A CIL charge will be  payable on new housing, retail and student housing development that create more than 100 square metres of net additional floorspace. There are exceptions to the charge such as new affordable housing units, self-build housing and development by charities.

Comments on any of the planning documents are invited, but particularly welcome are views about the proposed charging levels and geographical zones where different charging rates will apply.

The council has based the proposed charging rates on an independent viability study. The study found that new-build residential development, purpose-built student housing and new retail floor space could all bear a CIL charge within a recommended charging range. Other uses and exempt development include affordable and self-build housing.

To give your views, you can visit Brighton and Hove Council’s Consultation portal

You can also write to the council at PlanningPolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk. Updates on CIL will be included on our developer contributions page. The consultation will run for eight weeks.

Until now the council has relied on Section 106 planning agreements from larger developments to fund local infrastructure. These agreements are commitments from developers to fund projects which will meet the needs created by that development. Some of these agreements will remain, but CIL will secure funding from a wider range of development including small residential schemes, so that more new development will contribute to infrastructure required by the city.

CIL will deliver a predictable longer term infrastructure funding stream and the money can be spent on projects anywhere it is needed in the city.

The Community Infrastructure Levy can be implemented on new housing, and on non-residential developments (over 100 square metres) including shops, offices, hotels and industrial premises, based on a rate per square metre of development. Local councils need to show that the proposed charges are reasonable and take account of local land values and uses.

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