The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to charge a levy on new development to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.
CIL is designed to largely replace s106 planning contributions as the main means of funding such infrastructure improvements, however, there are several circumstances where the use of s106 contributions may still be applicable eg where site specific impacts need to be addressed.
The CIL charge applies to most new buildings although it is up to local authorities to decide differing rates for certain areas or types of development. How funds are used is also a matter of discretion for the local charging authority.
Redbridge was the first local authority in London to implement the charge (in Jan 2012) and most London local authorities have subsequently implemented CIL. The Mayor of London has also introduced a CIL which is specifically for contributions to CrossRail.
Since enabling Regulations were first introduced in 2010, the Government has made a number of changes to the way the CIL system works. The latest guidance on the system can be found here.
The Government has also recently published an independent review of the system which can be accessed here.
How HUDU can help
The introduction of CIL significantly changes the way developer contributions, and the subsequent release of any infrastructure funding works. It is important that health organisations have systems and plans in place to:
- Set out any health infrastructure requirements at the time the CIL Charging Schedule is prepared
- Monitor development trends and population change to identify when to trigger a request for release of funds
- Make the case for releasing funds against other potentially competing demands
- Adjust their infrastructure needs and demands in the light of experience and changing circumstances.
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