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CIL Watch: New draft regulations allow councils to defer levy payments

CIL Watch: New draft regulations allow councils to defer levy payments

New regulations were laid before parliament this week which will pave the way for deferral of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments where firms are experiencing financial difficulties connected with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Councils can defer CIL payments from smaller developers for up to six months, say new regulations

Councils can defer CIL payments from smaller developers for up to six months, say new regulations

Councils will be able to defer community infrastructure levy (CIL) payments from smaller developers for up to six months but there will be no right of appeal for applicants if authorities refuse their request, according to new regulations and guidance.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government eases rules for councils' neighbourhood planning grants in light of Covid-19

Neighbourhood Watch: Government eases rules for councils' neighbourhood planning grants in light of Covid-19

The government has introduced changes to the rules for councils applying for grants to support their neighbourhood planning work in the 2020/21 financial year to take account of the impact of Covid-19, including allowing authorities to make claims at earlier points in the process.

MPs consider probe into Jenrick’s ‘biased’ decision as part of parliamentary inquiry

MPs consider probe into Jenrick’s ‘biased’ decision as part of parliamentary inquiry

The Commons housing, communities and local government select committee will consider a probe into housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s controversial decision to approve a 1,500-home scheme in east London, the body's chair has told Planning.

Judge overturns consent for mixed-use Hackney scheme due to council's failure to fully publish viability evidence

Judge overturns consent for mixed-use Hackney scheme due to council's failure to fully publish viability evidence

Planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment in Hackney has been overturned by the High Court because the local authority did not fully disclose the developer's viability evidence ahead of its approval decision.

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Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

The Court of Appeal has considered some of the nuts and bolts of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime for the first time. The facts illustrate the potential jeopardy faced by developers from provisions that are complex and, at their core, still open to varying interpretations.

Developers will pay for quality council advice to avoid expensive problems, by Richard Garlick

Our survey of the pre-application advice fees charged by English unitary authorities reveals a huge variety in the range of charges levied.

Ministers must put onus on councils to provide more homes for older people, by Richard Garlick

Backbench MPs last year concluded that there was a shortfall in the supply of specialist homes for older people.

Funding education through developer contributions will be challenging, by Richard Garlick

New guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) reinforces the message in recent planning guidance revisions that new school places necessitated by development should be funded through developer contributions.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

The implications of relaxing developers’ infrastructure funding duties in response to Covid-19

The implications of relaxing developers’ infrastructure funding duties in response to Covid-19

The government has announced that it will revise community infrastructure levy rules to allow councils more flexibility around the timing of payments from smaller developers. Some lawyers question why larger developers are to be excluded from the changes, while councils have raised concerns about the impact on revenues for much-needed new infrastructure.

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

An examiner has approved a series of new charges to be introduced as part of the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule, including a 23 per cent rise in rates for residential schemes.

The pros and cons of relaxing section 106 obligations in the wake of the lockdown

The pros and cons of relaxing section 106 obligations in the wake of the lockdown

The government is facing calls to make it easier for developers to renegotiate section 106 agreements during the coronavirus crisis, in order to prevent development projects being rendered unviable by the economic fallout. However, some commentators say it is too early for such measures to be introduced because the impact of the pandemic on viability is not yet clear.