CIL Watch: Rushcliffe introduces CIL charges of up to £100/sq m

A Nottinghamshire council has adopted a multi-tiered Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule for housing and retail developments.

Bingham in the Rushcliffe Council area (pic: David Gearing, Flickr)
Bingham in the Rushcliffe Council area (pic: David Gearing, Flickr)

Under Rushcliffe Borough Council's new levy, a rate of £100 per square metre will be charged on residential and food supermarket developments in large parts of the borough.

Other retail developments will attract a charge of £50 per square metre. Rates of between £40 per square metre and £75 per square metre will be charged on housing developments in other specified zones.

Development within a strategic allocation east of Gamston and north of Tollerton, and all other classes of development across the borough, will be exempt from the levy.

Rushcliffe Borough Council has estimated it will raise around £13 million from the levy over its current local plan period up to 2028. Parish councils will receive 15 per cent of CIL income raised within their areas.

Councillors voted to introduce the charging schedule at a full council meeting last month.

According to an officers’ report considered at the meeting, the council initially decided to
investigate CIL’s potential because of a government-imposed limit on the number of section 106
agreements that can be pooled to pay for a single item of infrastructure.

That limit was lifted as part of a series of changes to CIL and planning obligations that came into
effect at the start of September.

However, officers advised that CIL would still be useful because of its greater flexibility in prioritising certain infrastructure requirements and the lack of a time limit in which receipts can be spent.

Strategic infrastructure to be funded or part-funded through CIL includes a park-and-ride scheme along the A52 corridor and bus priority measures in West Bridgford.

Provision of indoor leisure facilities, playing fields, secondary school places and health facilities will also be prioritised.

Publishing his findings on the council’s draft charging schedule in June this year, an inspector concluded: "The council has been realistic in terms of achieving a reasonable level of income to address a gap in infrastructure funding, while ensuring that development remains viable across the authority’s area."



Buckinghamshire: Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council submitted a draft joint CIL charging schedule for independent examination on 20 September.

London: An examination hearing for the London Legacy Development Corporation draft revised CIL charging schedule took place on 20 September.

West Yorkshire: An examination hearing for the Kirklees Council draft CIL charging schedule took place on 16 September.

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