Brighton eyes £250 per square metre CIL charge for student developments

Purpose-built student accommodation would face a charge of £250 per square metre of new floorspace across Brighton and Hove under Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) proposals published for consultation last week.

Brighton Marina (picture: Tom Coady, Flickr)
Brighton Marina (picture: Tom Coady, Flickr)

Brighton and Hove City Council is consulting on a CIL preliminary draft charging schedule until 10 December 2017.

The document includes a city-wide charge of £250 per square metre for purpose-built student housing, as well as city-wide charges of £100 per square metre of large format retail, and £50 per square metre for other shopping development.

The authority’s preliminary draft charging schedule also proposes three charging zones for residential development, applying to C3 and C2 use classes. Residential development in a high value zone which includes Brighton’s seafront and city centre would face the highest charges, of £175 per square metre.

A charge of £150 per square metre would apply to residential development in a mid-value zone, while a rate of £75 per square metre would be applicable in a lower-value zone.

In a statement, the city council said that it had based the proposed charging rates on an independent viability study. The study found that new-build residential development, purpose-built student housing and new retail floor space could all bear a CIL charge within a recommended charging range, the statement said.

Julie Cattell, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: "The introduction of CIL will ensure that more landowners and developers make appropriate contributions towards broader city-wide infrastructure projects. The introduction of a CIL was also recommended by the Planning Advisory Service Peer Review of the Planning Service in 2016 and is one of a number of projects underway to modernise the service.

"What we are trying to achieve is a balance between gaining income to help provide community facilities and infrastructure, while ensuring this is realistic for developers looking to invest and build in the city – that’s why everyone’s input will be invaluable to help the council move forward."

The preliminary draft charging schedule can be found here.

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