The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2015

These Regulations extend the existing social housing relief from the Community Infrastructure Levy to cover a wider range of dwellings that are rented below market rate.

These Regulations amend the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 which implemented the details of the Community Infrastructure Levy. Having considered a 2013 consultation on the administration of the Levy, the Government has introduced these Regulations, and hence extend the mandatory social housing relief to persons who are not local housing authorities, private registered providers of social housing in England or registered social landlords in Wales, that let dwellings at no more than 80% of market rent to households whose needs are not adequately met by the commercial housing market.

A planning obligation designed to ensure compliance with these conditions must be entered into. Where social housing relief granted under this provision is withdrawn before the end of the seven year "clawback" period (which runs from the date on which the dwelling is first let), a person who has benefitted from the relief may be liable to repay the withdrawn amount with interest calculated from the day on which the chargeable development commenced.

These Regulations are intended to boost the affordable housing sector by encouraging a more mixed economy of voluntary and private sector providers to meet different local needs, and help support the Government’s affordable housing goals. They will also update the definition of "national rent regime" to refer to updated Rent Standard Guidance published by the Regulator of Social Housing in January 2015.

Date: 20/03/2015 Made

Author: DCLG and HM Treasury

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.63

SI details: English and Welsh statutory instrument 2015 No. 836


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