CIL Watch: Welsh councils lag on levy proposals

Carmarthenshire County Council's publication of its preliminary draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule for consultaton brings the number of Welsh councils to have published proposals to eight.

Cardiff: council consulting on its draft charging schedule
Cardiff: council consulting on its draft charging schedule

The issuing of the document comes as City of Cardiff Council consults on its draft charging schedule, in which it has reduced the rates for residential and retail schemes from those proposed in an earlier draft (see below).

According to data compiled for Planning's CIL Watch tracker bulletin, three Welsh authorities - Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf - have adopted CIL charging schedules (see chart).

But 14 of Wales' 22 councils have yet to publish draft proposals for consultation. Wales' three national park authorities have also yet to publish CIL plans, according to the data.

KEY CIL UPDATES

CHARGING SCHEDULES ADOPTED

Devon: East Devon District Council introduced its CIL charging schedule on 1 September. Charges vary from £68 per square metre to £150 per square metre depending on the type and location of the scheme.

Dorset: Christchurch Borough and East Dorset District Councils adopted their schedule on 5 and 6 September 2016 respectively. They will come into force from 3 January 2017.

Tyneside: Newcastle City Council's CIL will come into force on 14 November if approved at a full council meeting on 2 November. Gateshead Council will introduce its CIL in early 2017 if backed at a full council meeting on 10 November.

CONSULTATION NEWS

Wales: City of Cardiff Council is consulting on its CIL draft charging schedule until 20 October. It has reduced its proposed rates for residential and retail schemes from those included in the earlier preliminary draft schedule, and would exempt strategic sites from the development tariff.

Wales: Carmarthenshire County Council is consulting on a preliminary draft charging schedule until 4 November. The document proposes a zero rate for housing in areas with viability problems and £60 per square metre elsewhere.

Yorkshire and Humber: A consultation on Hull City Council's draft charging schedule closed on 21 September. The document proposes five charging zones for residential development, with rates ranging from £5 to £60 per square metre.


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