Plymouth proposes CIL charge revisions to aid viability

Plymouth City Council is planning to revise its proposed charges for a new levy intended to raise funds for local infrastructure in response to concerns that it could affect the viability of development schemes.

Plymouth was selected as a CIL frontrunner in 2011, and released its preliminary draft charging schedule in November.

Next Tuesday (17 January) the council is set to approve its draft charging schedule, which will see reductions in the proposed charges for small shops, small housing developments and high rise student accommodation.

The officer’s report going before the cabinet meeting said: "In developing the draft charging schedule we have taken a cautious approach, meaning that we have proposed CIL charges at levels at which we have confidence that there is an adequate financial ‘cushion’ so as not to introduce a financial burden to the extent that it puts future development at risk.

"The proposed rate for non-high-rise residential developments of fewer than 15 units has beern reduced from £60 per square metre to £50 per square metre.

The proposed rate of £60 per square metre for purpose-built student accommodation of under six storeys will remain, but developments of more than this height will now be exempt.

The draft schedule also sees the removal of a proposed charge of £30 per square metre for retail uses of les than £10,000 per square foot.

If approved, the CIL draft charging schedule will be examined by an inspector before coming into effect around the autumn.

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