Community Infrastructure Levy
Examination of the Draft Charging Schedule took place on 29 November 2016, with a Report received from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 27 January 2017. The Report concluded that, subject to modifications, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedules for Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in Council's area.
The Wychavon CIL Charging Schedule was adopted at Full Council on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The Wychavon CIL Charging Schedule comes into effect on Monday 5 June 2017. The CIL Notice of Adoption can be viewed below:
From Monday 5 June, a CIL charge will apply to all relevant applications determined on or after this date (including those successful at 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, depending on certain circumstances.
What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?
The CIL is a locally set charge (levy) that came into force on 6 April 2010 through the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). The CIL is a charge that local authorities in England (known as "charging authorities") can place on new development in their area. The money generated through the levy will contribute to the funding of infrastructure to support development growth in south Worcestershire. The CIL has been jointly prepared by the three south Worcestershire Councils of Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council and Worcester City Council.
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 (GIA) of new development. All new build areas, including garages, are included.
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 and 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 South Worcestershire Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SWIDP) identifies the infrastructure needed to deliver the growth set out in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). The levy will help fund these requirements.
The CIL also needs to be informed by viability evidence. The south Worcestershire authorities need to be able to explain how their proposed levy rate (or rates) will contribute towards the implementation of the SWDP and support development across the area by striking an appropriate balance between the additional investment needed to support development and the potential effects on the viability of development.
CIL User Guide
A CIL user guide, which includes a number of examples and frequently asked questions section, can be found below:
All forms relating to CIL can be found on the Planning Portal website.