CIL Watch: Council to press on with garden village CIL charge

News that a Warwickshire council has resolved to continue to recommend a £75 per square metre Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge for residential development at a prospective garden village, despite a consultancy's report recommending that the site should be zero-rated for CIL, features in the latest CIL Watch update.

Stratford-on-Avon: CIL charge applies to Long Marston Airfield site
Stratford-on-Avon: CIL charge applies to Long Marston Airfield site

A meeting of Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s cabinet last week resolved that a CIL charge was achievable for development at the Long Marston Airfield.

The council, in partnership with developer CALA, has submitted an expression of interest to the government seeking support for a 3,500-home garden village at the former RAF base. The related business case assumed that almost £14 million of CIL would be payable on the development, according to council papers.

This week’s cabinet meeting considered additional "sensitivity work" requested by examiner Rebecca Phillips, who held an examination hearing in September.

According to a report to the cabinet, the additional sensitivity work, set out in a study by consultants Peter Brett Associates, concluded that Long Marston Airfield "should be zero-rated for CIL".

A council statement said that the consultants’ report had given regard to the sale values of nearby Meon Vale (Long Marston Depot), which are 20 per cent lower than those achieved elsewhere in the local area at established locations.

However, it said that Meon Vale is an "emerging development and currently has weaker values, but by its very nature, Long Marston Airfield has been planned as and will become a free-standing new community and when built the equivalent of a Main Rural Centre and sale values will reflect these key differences".

"The council does not agree that it is appropriate to assume lower values will be achieved at Long Marston Airfield than elsewhere in the central area," the report said.


King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council published its Community Infrastructure Levy examination report on 21 November 2016. The examiner found that, provided modifications were made, the plan would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the borough.

The modifications include:

- Removing a residential charge of £10 per square metre in one area

- Inclusion of more detailed maps

- Clarifying the definitions of commercial development types.

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