Wealden District Council formally resolved to adopt their CIL charging schedule at a meeting of their Full Council which was held on 25 November 2015. The levy will be implemented from 1 April 2016.
Part of Wealden lies within South Downs National Park where the National Park Authority is the relevant charging authority.
The preliminary draft charging schedule had been published for a consultation that ran between 13 August 2012 and 21 September 2012. The preliminary draft charging schedules proposed rates differed from those in the revised draft in that it had three residential charging zones with rates of £180, £150 and £110 per m2.
The first draft charging schedule was then published for consultation from 17 June 2013 until 29 July 2013. This first draft charging schedule simplified the table of charges by removing reference to development types that would not be charged and just stating that there would be a nil rate as the standard charge.
An amended draft charging schedule followed the first draft and was available between 9 December 2013 and 3 February 2014. The amended draft has the same proposed as the first draft but uses updated viability evidence.
Wealden District Council had then published its CIL revised draft charging schedule for a public consultation that began on 15 September 2014 and ended on 27 October 2014. This revised draft charging schedule reduces the number of residential development charging zones to two, with the increased rates of £200 and £150 per m2.
Wealden District Council had submitted its CIL draft charging schedule to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 25 March 2015. The submission draft version of the charging schedule contained the same rates as had been made available for public consultation in the revised draft. The Examination hearing was held on 23 June 2015.
The Examiner's report on the Wealden CIL charging schedule was issued on 21 August 2015 and found that it provided an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the district.
Submitted rates include:
- Two residential charging zones with rates of £200 and £150 per m2.
- Convenience based retail developments are to be charged £100 per m2.
- Comparison based retail developments are to be charged £20 per m2.
- No charge for all other uses.