Government should establish CIL website

Since the Government published the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations in 2010 and made amendments in 2011 and 2012, many Councils are preparing charging schedules with haste.

This is likely to result in 383 new charging authorities, each with a different charging schedule. CIL is a potential significant cost to developments and there are already widely different rates proposed e.g. for residential development between neighbouring authorities such as Wandsworth (up to £575 per sq.m) and Lambeth (from £150 per sq.m).

In light of this, we have set up a monitoring system and contacted all the Councils in England and Wales regarding CIL. Around half have not replied and those that have are often discreet and provide limited information concerning their intention to consult. Even when we are notified, it is often on the eve of the 28-day consultation, which barely gives sufficient time to submit representations on behalf of our clients. The cynics amongst us might think their actions intend to limit any stakeholder participation!

We believe it is high time that the Government ensure that Councils provide better notification of consultations. The Government should set up a central website where Councils must register their intent to consult, so that everybody can access accurate, timely information on the progress of CIL throughout England and Wales. This transparency would allow for a more inclusive consultation exercise and will help avoid inappropriate CIL charges that will stunt development and economic growth in the UK.

Yours sincerely

Anthony Pharoah BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI
Associate - Rapleys LLP

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