CDC and Community Infrastructure Levy (2)

What is it?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (or CIL) is a new planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 which came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.


Why has it been introduced?

The community infrastructure levy:

  • lets local authorities set their own priorities for what the money should be spent on
  • gives local authorities a more predictable funding stream
  • gives developers more certainty from the start about financial contributions
  • makes the system more transparent for local people, as local authorities have to report what they have spent the levy on each year

Who sets it?

If your local planning authority has chosen to set a charge in its area development may be liable for a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The government has consulted on further changes ended on 28 May 2013 looking at amendments to CIL rate setting and the operation of the levy in practice.

What would Bloxham get?

Local authorities have to give 15% of the money collected through CIL to any communities where the development took place but where there is a neighbourhood plan in place the proportion rises to 25% .

What can it be spent on?

The money raised from the community infrastructure levy can be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want, like new or safer road schemes, park improvements or community buildings.
It can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure needed as a consequence of development. This includes:

  • transport schemes,
  • flood defences,
  • schools,
  • hospitals, health and social care facilities,
  • parks, green spaces and leisure centres.


Where has Cherwell District Council got to?
The 2013-14 draft business plan included this:
Develop a robust and locally determined planning framework.

  • Complete a draft of local development framework for the district and submit for adoption
  • Prepare an Infrastructure Plan for Cherwell District and prepare for introduction of Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Secure implementation of new policy for Developer contributions
  • Protect and enhance the quality of the built environment by completion of Conservation Area Reviews and strong design guidance for all new developments

Where this has got to is unknown at the time of writing.

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