Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Community Infrastructure Levy

Examination of the Draft Charging Schedule took place on the 5 December 2017 with a Report received from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on the 5 June 2018. The Report concluded that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedules for Cotswold District provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the district.

On 3 August 2018 Cotswold District Council adopted the following documents:
CIL Charging Schedule
CIL Instalments Policy
CIL Regulation 123 List

These documents come into effect on Monday 1 April 2019.

CIL regulations require the Council to publish an Adoption Statement. This formally notifies the community that Cotswold District has adopted a CIL Charging Schedule.

From Monday 1 April 2019, a CIL charge will apply to all relevant applications determined on or after this date (including those successful on appeal and those where a resolution to grant has been made but a S106 agreement has yet to be completed), even if they were submitted in advance of this date. CIL may also apply to Lawful Development Certificates and Permitted Development.

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?

The CIL is a locally set charge that local authorities in England (known as "charging authorities") can place on development, such as new homes and extensions to homes according to their floor area. The money generated through the levy will contribute to the funding of infrastructure to support development growth in Cotswold District.

The CIL Charging Schedule sets the rates that will be charged across Cotswold District; these are set out in table one of the CIL Charging Schedule.

The Council has approved the payment of CIL by instalments. An advantage of having a CIL Instalments Policy is that it significantly assists developers’ cash flow, which in turn helps to ensure development remains viable and deliverable; a key aspect of the English planning system.

How is CIL calculated?

CIL is charged in £ per square metre. The floor area on which CIL is payable is calculated by measuring the gross internal area (or GIA) of a new development.

The amount of CIL liable is also dependent on where the development is located within the District, the type of use proposed, the amount of floorspace that is being created and the amount that is being lost i.e. through demolition. For information about the CIL rates within your area please refer to the CIL Charging Schedule.

What does CIL Fund?

Regulation 123 of the CIL Regulations provides for charging authorities to set out a list of those projects or types of infrastructure that it intends to fund (either in whole or part) through the levy. The CIL is intended to supplement other funding streams to ensure that new community infrastructure can be provided to support local growth and to give councils and communities more choice and flexibility in how infrastructure is funded.

The list of potential projects to be funded by the CIL can be found in the Council’s CIL: Regulation 123 List. Please note these projects will no longer be secured through section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) or through section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended).

Supporting Evidence

Evidence supporting the submission of the Cotswold District CIL Charging Schedule can be found in the Council’s CIL Examination Library.

What’s happening between now and the 1 April 2019?

The Council will engage with local developers, agents, town and parish councils and other relevant stakeholders to inform them of the CIL. The Council will look at ways of providing practical support and guidance prior to the levy being charged on 1 April 2019.

Key stages and information leading up to the adoption of the CIL Charging Schedule

Special Council report – adoption of the CIL Charging Schedule; (new window)
CIL Examination page;
CIL Examination Library;
Draft Charging Schedule;
Draft Regulation 123 List;
Draft Instalments Policy;
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule; (new window)

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