Rother District Council adopted its CIL charging schedule at meeting of its Full Council that was held on 14 December 2015. The levy will be adopted on 4 April 2016.
The preliminary draft charging schedule had been published by Rother District Council for consultation between 8 August 2014 and 26 September 2014. The preliminary draft had four residential development charging zones with rates £240, £180, £160 and £100 per m2. As well as the same proposed retail development rates as in the draft.
Rother District Council had then published its CIL draft charging schedule for public consultation held between 27 February 2015 and 27 March 2015. The draft reduced the number of residential charging zones to three. Two zones had proposed rates of £200 and £135 per m2 for residential developments. There is also a third proposed zone with rates for different sites such as Greenfield, urban and strategic urban extension with rates of £50, £170 and £100 per m2 respectively.
The draft lowered the rate for extra care housing from £250 per m2 down having two charging zones with rates of £45 and £25 per m2.
Rother District Council submitted it CIL draft charging schedule for examination on 5 May 2015. The draft was submitted without modification from the consultation draft. An examination hearing was then held on 14 July 2015.
The Examiner's report on the Rother CIL charging schedule was issued on 1 September 2015 and found that, provided modifications were made, the draft charging schedule provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the district. The recommended modifications included:
- Remove greenfield rates by redefining one charging zone as being rural, and removing a higher charge for extra care home developments on greenfield site.
- Use maps to define in centre locations.
- Lower the rate in one zone from £100 per m2 to £75 per m2.
- Reduce the rate for retirement housing developments in one zone from £200 per m2 to £140 per m2.
- Make modifications to the text to improve brevity and clarity.
Approved rates include:
- Five residential development charging zones with rates of £200, £170, £135, £75 and £50 per m2.
- Extra care housing developments will be charged £25 per m2.
- One retirement/sheltered housing development zones with a rate of £140 per m2.
- Two convenience retail charging zones with rates of £120 and £100 per m2.
- One comparison retail charging zones with a rate of £250 per m2.
- No charge for all other uses.