White paper to include CIL review response

The government will issue its response to a review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in its housing white paper later this year, the planning minister Gavin Barwell has said.

Infrastructure: government to publish review response alongside white paper
Infrastructure: government to publish review response alongside white paper

The publication of the government-commissioned review of CIL, undertaken by a panel led by former British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace, had been expected earlier this year, but the panel’s report - and the government’s response - has yet to be made public.

During a Neighbourhood Planning Bill committee session yesterday, Barwell said: "I have on my desk a review by Liz Peace and her team of CIL and issues relating to section 106 contributions."

Barwell added: "We are considering that review and will respond to it in our white paper later this year."

The minister had told the Mipim UK property conference earlier this month that the review had "just landed" on his desk.

Speaking at the National Planning Summit in April, Peace said that the review panel has "some pretty strong ideas of where we are going" and that it hoped to have finalised its report by the middle of May.

Peace told the summit that the publication of the report could be delayed by the "purdah" period for the local elections and the European referendum.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month, communities secretary Sajid Javid said that a housing white paper would be published later this year and would include "further significant measures … all helping us towards our ambition for a million new home by 2020".

According to reports, Barwell has hinted that the white paper could be released at the same time as the Autumn Statement on 23 November.

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