Council set to opt against introducing infrastructure levy

A Cambridgeshire council's cabinet will next week consider a report which will recommend that the council does not introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) development tariff at the present time.

New homes: council to decide on whether to introduce infrastructure levy
New homes: council to decide on whether to introduce infrastructure levy

In a statement, Fenland District Council said that a report to be considered by its cabinet on 20 November is set to recommend that the authority should continue to use section 106 agreements to secure developer contributions, but should review that approach in three years' time.

According to the statement, the report will say that challenging development conditions would mean that only a low rate of CIL could be charged in the district.

The statement said that if the cabinet decides not to introduce a CIL, the council will need to publish a new supplementary planning document for section 106 to set out new ways of working and requirements for developer contributions.

Fred Yeulett, Fenland District Council's cabinet member responsible for planning policy and growth, said that evidence suggest that CIL "isn't the best way forward for us that this stage", but added that the council would keep CIL under review.

He said: "We are not alone in not progressing a CIL; most councils do not have one in place. Generally speaking, wealthy areas with high property values are introducing a CIL, whereas less wealthy areas are not.

"That is because the evidence suggests introducing a charge would either make development unviable or bring in such small receipts that it is not worth incurring the considerable administration costs of collecting it."

Earlier this year, Planning revealed that four councils - including an authority that took part in a pilot scheme to lead the introduction of CIL - are among local authorities that had placed their plans to charge the levy on hold.

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