New consultation opens on infrastructure contributions in south Worcestershire

South Worcestershire residents are being asked for their views on proposed changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy, an important funding method for some of the infrastructure that will need to be built alongside development such as housing and employment, set out in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

The Levy, also known as a CIL, will contribute to the cost of essential infrastructure such as transport schemes, flood defences, community facilities, green spaces and school places.

An initial consultation on the South Worcestershire CIL was held in the spring. Minor changes and corrections to the document are now the subject of a new consultation launched today (July 25). 

A Community Infrastructure Levy will be applied when planning permission is granted for certain forms of new development, including new housing and large scale retail development, to help fund essential strategic infrastructure.

The three councils that have compiled the SWDP – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon – have developed the levy jointly but each authority has to have its own charging schedule and, because of the different land and development values across the area, the rates across south Worcestershire will vary.

The consultation will run for four weeks, please view on the SWDP website. Printed copies of the consultation documents and forms will also be available at libraries and council contact centres.

The three councils will also this week submit the South Worcestershire CIL to the Planning Inspectorate, so that it can then go through a formal Examination in Public. This is expected to take place in November, and the results of this new consultation will feed into it.

The SWDP was adopted by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council earlier this year and includes policies aimed at boosting the local economy and delivering sustainable development up to the year 2030.

The consultation runs until August 22.