SOLIHULL Council is consulting on introducing a levy on new developments in the borough.
Money raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy, CIL, would be used to fund a range of facilities such as schools, health and leisure centres or improvements to local roads, which would come under extra pressure as a result of a new development.
Once a council has agreed a CIL, the local authority would pay a charge based on the floorspace of the development, and taking into consideration the area where it’s located and whether it is residential or business use.
A government policy document entitled ‘Giving communities more power in planning local development,’ claims the new levy is designed to be “fairer, faster and more transparent” than the previous section 106 agreements, which also obliged developers to contribute to local infrastructure with a new development.
The council’s preliminary draft charging schedule states: “The adoption of a CIL will provide more certainty to developers and land owners about how much they will need to contribute as developments are progressed.”
A public consultation will run April 26. For more information or have your say, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/ldf/cil/default.htm