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Community Infrastructure Levy and Planning Obligations

This consultation has now closed.

Date of consultation: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Consultation summary

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development.

A Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule for Stroud District has now been prepared. This sets out the Council’s approach to CIL, the proposed CIL rates by type of development and a draft list of the infrastructure to be funded or part-funded through CIL.

A draft Planning Obligations SPD has also been produced which sets out the type of infrastructure, including affordable housing, which will continue to be funded or part funded through planning obligations set out in legal agreements.

Public consultation on both of these documents will take place from Wednesday 27 April 2016 to Wednesday 8 June 2016. Representations are invited by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016. All comments received by the deadline will be considered. Late representations cannot be accepted.

The Government’s intention for this is that the Levy will provide a fairer, faster and more certain and transparent system than planning obligations which can cause delay as a result of lengthy negotiations. As CIL is chargeable for every development (e.g. a single dwelling) rather than confined to major schemes (as with existing legal agreements) it is likely to increase substantially the financial resources available to councils to pay for future infrastructure. In addition, 15% of all CIL collected (and 25% if a Neighbourhood Plan is in place) will be given directly to the parish council in which the development is located to provide the community infrastructure considered necessary by that council.

Next steps

All comments regarding the CIL Draft Charging Schedule will be submitted to the examiner who will consider the Draft Charging Schedule later in 2016.

All comments regarding the Planning Obligations SPD will be considered by the Council before a final SPD is approved later in 2016.

It is currently anticipated that Stroud District Council will approve CIL for implementation in 2017.

 For any further enquiries, please contact the Planning Strategy Team on 01453 754143

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