Greater Norwich councils to cut infrastructure levy rates

A group of councils in Norfolk are considering plans to fix the charges that developers will be required to pay through a new levy to raise cash for local infrastructure at a lower rate than they initially intended.

Three local authorities – Norwich City Council and South Norfolk and Broadland district councils – are working together to draw up plans for introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The board of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership |(GNDP), which comprises the three councils, will meet tomorrow to consider recommending to the three constituent authorities that CIL rates should be set at levels below those first put forward.

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The authorities’ preliminary draft charging schedules, published for consultation in October, had recommended charges of up to £160 per square metre of residential floorspace in Norwich and areas closest to the city, meaning that developers would have had to pay a levy of around £15,000 per property.

But a meeting of the GNDP board tomorrow is being asked to recommend to the three constituent authorities that the levy is set at up to £115 per square metre of residential floorspace, meaning that developers would be asked to pay a charge of around £11,000 per property.

GNDP chairman Andrew Proctor said that the reduction was being proposed due to the "challenging conditions" facing developers.

He said: "We have carefully listened to the views put forward and recognise the tough economic conditions out there.

"Our response is to reduce the charges so that they are more equitable for developers while still helping to deliver the building blocks and infrastructure associated with growth on this scale."

Earlier this month Planning revealed that the London Borough of Wandsworth is set to drop plans to charge developers £100 per square metre of retail space through its Community Infrastructure Levy.

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