The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by the Planning Act 2008 to help deliver supporting infrastructure.
The Government has announced that CIL rules will be simplified and Councils will be required to report on deals agreed. In 2016/17 the value of these contributions was in the region of £6 billion, so the sums involved are substantial. This move will bring a new sense of transparency which into what has been a confusing and complex process.
Councils will also have more freedom to use monies received from multiple developments to fund large infrastructure projects that are shared by many sites.
The combined effect of these changes will be that developers will be able to start and complete building works sooner, which should help the Government to deliver their ambitious housing targets.
Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing said;
“Communities deserve to know whether their council is fighting their corner with developers – getting more cash to local services so they can cope with the new homes built.
The reforms not only ensure developers and councils don’t shirk their responsibilities, allowing residents to hold them to account - but also free up councillors to fund bigger and more complicated projects over the line.
The certainty and less needless complexity will lead to quicker decisions, – just another way we’re succeeding in meeting our ambition of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”
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