Weymouth and Portland Borough Council - CIL charging schedule adopted

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council adopted its Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule on 15 October 2015.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has decided to formally adopt its CIL charging schedule on 15 October 2015. The Council will implement the levy from 18 July 2016.

Previous Progress

Although Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has adopted its own CIL charging schedule it had prepared it working jointly with West Dorset District Council.

The preliminary draft charging schedules had been published by the Councils for a consultation held between 15 June 2012 and 27 July 2012. The preliminary draft differed to the draft in that it proposed a rate of £100 per m2 for larger A1 retail developments.

The residential rates in the preliminary draft took a different approach to the consultation draft by proposing District and Borough wide rates of £93 per m2 for C3 residential developments, £65 per m2 for dwellings with a restricted holiday use and £46 per m2 for essential rural workers dwellings.

The draft charging schedule was then published by the councils for a further round of consultation between 20 November 2012 and 22 December 2012. The draft charging schedule removed the retail rates. The draft also introduced residential charging zones with the submitted rates proposed in Weymouth and Portland and two zones in West Dorset with rates of £100 and £80 per square metre.

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council had submitted their CIL draft charging schedules and a statement of modifications for examination on 24 June 2013. The change in the statement of modifications was to increase the rate for the lower £80 per m2 residential charging zone in West Dorset up to £100 per m2 in line with the rest of the District.

West Dorset District, Weymouth and Portland Borough Councils were issued their Examiner's report on 14 August 2015. The Examiner's report into the West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland CIL draft charging schedules had found that, provided modifications were made, the charging schedules would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the borough and district. The recommended modifications are:

- Revise the definition of holiday accommodation.

- Include 'second homes' in the definition of dwellings.

- Identification of the strategic sites where the levy will not be charged.

- Inclusion of OS maps identifying charging zones.

Adopted rates in Weymouth and Portland include:

- Three residential charging zones with rates of £93, £80 and £0 per m2.

- No charge for essential workers dwellings.

- No charge for all other uses.

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