The Examiner's report was issued to Test Valley Borough Council on 21 December 2015. The Examiner found that, provided modifications were made, the Test Valley draft charging schedule would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the borough. The Examiner's recommended modifications include:
- Adding clarification that the Council's charging schedule will not apply to the parts of the borough that lie within a national park.
- Remove exemption from the levy for retirement housing built on previously developed land.
- Include improved maps.
- Include clarifications that other types of development will not be charged.
The Test Valley CIL charging schedule will not apply in the area of the district covered by the New Forest National Park as the National Park Authority is the relevant charging authority there.
The preliminary draft charging schedule was published by Test Valley Borough Council for consultation between 6 December 2013 and 31 January 2014. The preliminary draft proposed the variable charges for all types of residential developments divided into five charging zones with rates of £225, £180, £135,£90 and £0 per m2.
Test Valley Borough Council published its CIL draft charging schedule for consultation between 25 July 2014 and 5 September 2014. The draft charging schedule had the same residential rates as the preliminary draft, but differed from the preliminary draft in that it did not propose the rates for all types of residential developments by stating that extra care accommodation developments would not be charged.
The schedule of modifications had lowered the rates for residential developments in the four charging areas, so that the draft proposed five zones with rates of £175, £140, £105, £70 per m2 and the nil rated zone remained the same. The schedule of modifications also introduced a rate of £60 per m2 for retirement housing developments on Greenfield land.
An examination hearing session into the Test Valley CIL draft charging schedule was then held on 27 May 2015.
Approved rates include:
- Five residential charging zones with rates of £175, £140, £105, £70 and £0 per m2.
- Retirement housing will be charged £60 per m2.
- No charge for extra care accommodation.
- Two supermarket, superstore and retail warehouse development charging zones with rates of £180 and £0 per m2.
- No charge for all other uses.