Spending Review: Greater Manchester CIL mooted in further devolution push

Greater Manchester's mayor could be handed powers to implement a city-regional Community Infrastructure Levy under a package of further devolution proposals unveiled by the chancellor George Osborne.

Greater Manchester: set for cross-boundary Community Infrastructure Levy (picture by tecmark.co.uk, Flickr)
Greater Manchester: set for cross-boundary Community Infrastructure Levy (picture by tecmark.co.uk, Flickr)

The chancellor’s joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement, published earlier this week, said that the government is "making further progress" on devolving powers to Greater Manchester, including giving the Greater Manchester mayor "the power to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)".

A document published by the Treasury alongside the Spending Review said that, subject to the necessary legislation receiving Royal Assent, the government intends to give the Greater Manchester mayor "the power to implement a CIL to support development and regeneration in Greater Manchester, subject to the unanimous approval of the mayor’s cabinet".

The document adds that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will commission and publish "independent biennial reviews of the impact of the use of this levy on development activity in Greater Manchester".

The document is not clear on the relationship between the mayor’s levy and Greater Manchester authorities’ own charges. In London, a mayoral CIL to raise funds for Crossrail is charged separately to boroughs’ own CIL charges.

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said that options will be worked up for the levy, which subject to the agreement of the mayor and the GMCA, will be consulted on in due course.

Data collected for Planning’s CIL Watch bulletin shows that five of Greater Manchester’s 10 authorities - including Manchester City Council - have yet to publish CIL plans for consultation. Trafford Council is the only authority in the city-region to have adopted a charging schedule.


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