The Examiner's report on the Babergh District Council CIL revised draft charging schedule was issued on 15 December 2015. The Examiner found that, provided that modifications are made, the charging schedule is sound and would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the district. The recommended modifications include:
- Reducing the rates for small scale residential developments in two zones from £165 and £125 per m2 down to £115 and £90 per m2.
- Reducing the rate for large scale residential developments in one zone from £75 per m2 down to £50 per m2.
- Replace references to 'assisted living' with 'specialist older persons housing'.
- Remove references to floor space from the residential rates.
- Remove references to use classes for the 'all other uses' nil rate.
The preliminary draft charging schedule was published by Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council as a Joint CIL preliminary draft charging schedule. The preliminary draft was available for consultation between 21 May 2014 and 4 July 2014.
The preliminary draft charging schedule had similar rates to the draft but identified fewer strategic sites in Babergh where residential rates would not apply and another site would have been charged £40 per m2. The preliminary draft also had a higher charge for wholly or mainly convenience retail developments with a rate of £120 per m2.
Babergh District Council then published its CIL draft charging schedule for consultation between 10 November 2014 and 24 December 2014.
The draft charging schedule had identified more strategic sites and has reduced the charge in one of the identified sites so that none of the strategic sites will be charged. The draft also clarified that assisted living housing developments will not be charged. The charge for wholly or mainly convenience retail was reduced to £100 per m2 in the draft.
Babergh District Council had published a Community Infrastructure Levy revised draft charging schedule for consultation between 16 January 2015 and 13 February 2015.
The revised draft charging schedule increased the proposed rates in low value zone so that large residential developments would be charged £125 per m2 as opposed to the £90 per m2 charge in earlier drafts. Also in the low value zone the proposed rate for small scale residential developments increased from £50 to £75 per m2.
The revised draft charging schedule split the residential rates from one rate for residential development at £115 per m2, into two rates of £165 per m2 for small scale residential developments and £115 per m2 for large scale residential developments.
Babergh District Council submitted its CIL draft charging schedule for examination on 18 March 2015. An examination hearing session was then held on 17 June 2015.
Approved rates include:
- Three residential charging zones for large housing developments with rates of £115, £50 and £0 per m2.
- Three residential charging zones for small housing developments with rates of £115, £90 and £0 per m2.
- Assisted living housing developments will not be charged.
- Wholly or mainly convenience retail developments will be charged £100 per m2.
- No charge for all other uses.