I have received the information below in respect of the Council’s preparation for the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Leeds, and are consulting on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule from 27th March to 15th May 2013.
What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?
The CIL is a new levy which the Council will charge on developers or landowners when they build new developments. The money raised will help to pay for the infrastructure needed across Leeds as a result of growth such as schools, greenspace, flood defences, and transport improvements.
The CIL will be charged per square metre on most new buildings, based on their use and location. Once adopted it will replace the current tariff based system of planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements). S106s will continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing will also continue as previously.
Charges have to be based on viability. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Leeds. In order to determine the rates for the CIL, the Council has produced an evidence base including an Economic Viability Study (by consultants GVA).
What is the current stage?
The first stage of public consultation is called the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. This is from Wednesday 27th March to Wednesday 15th May. All the relevant documents can be downloaded or viewed in hard copy at libraries and one-stop centres and at the Development Enquiry Centre (Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street).
This is the first formal opportunity to comment on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges. We have also contacted all the town and parish councils, and a large number of stakeholders including community groups, residents, infrastructure providers, and the property industry. We would like to hear views on the proposed charges, the evidence base, and on any other matters which relate to these proposals. All comments must be made in writing by 5.00pm on 15th May 2013.
We are holding three consultation events. Attendance should be confirmed in advance by emailing LDF@leeds.gov.uk or phoning 0113 24 78076. The events are all on a drop-in basis so attendees can come at any point during them with the opportunity to ask questions. They are aimed at different groups but all are welcome to attend any event.
– Property industry: Thursday 28th March 9.30am – 12.30pm Civic Hall
– Town and parish councils, community groups, and residents: Friday 12th April 4.00pm – 7.00pm Civic Hall (introduction at 4pm by Cllr Peter Gruen)
– Property industry: Tuesday 16th April 11.30am – 2.30pm Civic Hall
The relevant documents can be downloaded from:
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Community-Infrastructure-Levy.aspx or www.leeds.gov.uk/ldf and follow the link to the CIL page.
· Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
· Charging Zone Map (A3)
· Non-technical Summary Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
· Justification for the CIL (Evidence Papers)
· Economic Viability Study (GVA, January 2013)
· CIL Response Form
Please note no decisions have yet been made as to the detailed arrangements of how and where the CIL funds are to be spent, and therefore spending issues are not a part of this current consultation although any comments on these issues will be reviewed.