COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL) – CONSULTATION

I have received the information below in respect of the CIL.

CONSULTATION ON THE LEEDS COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL) – DRAFT CHARGING SCHEDULE

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY, ENGLAND AND WALES: THE COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY REGULATIONS 2010 (AS AMENDED)

I am writing to notify you that we are preparing for the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Leeds, and are publishing the Draft Charging Schedule for consultation from 29th October to 10th December 2013.

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

As I hope you are aware from our previous consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule in April, 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 at present.

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.

What is the current stage?

This second stage of consultation is on a document called the CIL Draft Charging Schedule.  The consultation runs from Tuesday 29th October to Tuesday 10th December 2013.  We have contacted all the town and parish councils, and a large number of stakeholders including community groups, residents, neighbouring authorities, infrastructure providers, and the property industry. 

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).  All comments must be made in writing by 5.00pm on 10th December 2013.

The documents can be viewed at all libraries and One Stop centres, or by visiting the Development Enquiry Centre at The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 8HD (Monday to Friday 08:30- 17:00, except Wednesdays 09:30- 17:00).  All the documents (including from the previous consultation stage) can also be downloaded from:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Community-Infrastructure-Levy.aspx   

  • Draft Charging Schedule (October 2013)
  • Charging Zone Map (A3) (October 2013)
  • Further Justification for the CIL (Evidence Papers) (October 2013)
  • Draft Regulation 123 List (October 2013)
  • Leeds City Council Responses to Representations on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule

As required by the CIL Regulations I also attach a ‘Statement of the Representations Procedure’.  In summary, any organisation or individual may request the right to be heard at the CIL Examination, but this request must be submitted in writing and received within the specified consultation period otherwise you will not have the right to speak at the Examination.  Representations may also be accompanied by a request to be notified, at a specified address, of any of the following:

• That the Draft Charging Schedule has been submitted to the examiner in accordance with Section 212 of the Planning Act 2008.

• The publication of the recommendations of the examiner and the reason for these recommendations.

• The approval of the Charging Schedule by the Council.

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.  However, this is an area of work which will be progressed in the new year and so you will be contacted again to be involved in the discussions around this, including how it could link in with neighbourhood planning and the Site Allocations Plan.