CIL Watch: Greater Manchester CIL proposal unveiled

A Greater Manchester Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is among further devolution proposals made by the chancellor in the Spending Review.

Manchester: city-wide CIL mooted
Manchester: city-wide CIL mooted

A Treasury document says ministers aim to give the city-region's mayor the power to set a CIL "to support development and regeneration, subject to unanimous approval of the mayor's cabinet".

The document adds that the combined city-regional authority will commission "biennial reviews of the impact of the levy on development activity in Greater Manchester".

The document is not clear on how this CIL will relate to the combined authorities' own levies. In London, a mayoral CIL to raise funds for Crossrail is charged separately to boroughs' own charges.

Data collected for Planning's CIL Watch bulletin shows that five of Greater Manchester's ten authorities have yet to publish CIL plans for consultation (see infographic, left). Trafford Council is the only authority in the city-region to have adopted a schedule.

CIL updates

Examination news

Dorset: Examiner John Wilde has recommended reductions to Bournemouth Borough Council's CIL rates for small convenience stores and student developments, finding that the proposed charges "do not leave a sufficient viability margin".

West Sussex: Examiner Mike Hayden has backed Chichester District Council's CIL proposals, concluding that the draft charging schedule gives an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy once one minor modification is made.

West Yorkshire: Wakefield Council's draft CIL charging schedule has also been endorsed by the examiner. He recommended one modification to meet statutory requirements, so the retail warehouse developments charge applies to "edge-of-centre and out-of-centre locations" only.

Consultation News

Tyne and Wear: Newcastle City Council is consulting on its draft charging schedule until 6 December. It proposes three residential charging zones, with rates of £0, £30 and £60 per square metre of floorspace. Earlier consultation on the preliminary draft charging schedule closed in May.

Warwickshire: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule until 18 December. The document includes two residential charging zones, with proposed rates of £0 and £50 per square metre.

West Yorkshire: Calderdale Council is consulting on its preliminary draft schedule until 18 December. It proposes three residential charging zones, with rates of £25, £65 and £75 per square metre.

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