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New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

New set of guidance updates allow councils to pool CIL receipts across boundaries

Measures allowing groups of charging authorities to pool their community infrastructure levies (CIL) for "strategic infrastructure projects that have cross-boundary benefits" are among a series of changes that have been introduced in revised Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

The places that have shared £717 million of Housing Infrastructure Fund money

The places that have shared £717 million of Housing Infrastructure Fund money

Proposals for a 10,000-home development in west London and a 13,400-home garden town in Oxfordshire are among the four projects that have been allocated a total of £717 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

PAS survey seeks to provide government with data on planning resources

PAS survey seeks to provide government with data on planning resources

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) is surveying planning authorities on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to assess resources and capacity in planning departments, the body revealed yesterday.

Spring Statement: New housing diversity guidance promised in government's Letwin response

Spring Statement: New housing diversity guidance promised in government's Letwin response

The government has pledged to publish additional planning guidance on housing diversification on large sites in its response to Sir Oliver Letwin's review of build-out rates, but has again stopped short of pledging stronger powers to allow councils to capture land value uplift.

CIL Watch: Surrey and Cheshire councils introduce new charges

CIL Watch: Surrey and Cheshire councils introduce new charges

New community infrastructure levy (CIL) charging schedules have come into effect in Waverley borough in Surrey and Cheshire East as of 1 March.

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Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).

Legal Viewpoint: Report sets new directions on infrastructure for growth

This month's Commons housing, communities and local government select committee land value capture inquiry report highlights ways the planning system can anticipate and recover the costs of infrastructure needed to deliver growth.

Legal Viewpoint: Decision highlights need for clear evidence on viability

Last month's High Court ruling on the Parkhurst Road development in north London has attracted wide attention.The headline planning point is that overpaying for a site, even to a government department, will not allow developers to reduce their affordable housing offer. The judgment, however, is worth reading for more than that.

Legal Viewpoint: Pooled fund held unlawful

It may be that a recent Supreme Court judgment on a dispute from north-east Scotland proves the most important case of 2017.

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Pre-application advice charges: are they too high?

Pre-application advice charges: are they too high?

Why are consultants concerned about the amounts some councils are charging for advising developers before they submit their planning applications, asks Adam Branson.

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Latest proposed changes to regulations aim to instil greater transparency and certainty in the CIL regime, says Murray Bridgwater.

CIL Watch: Yorkshire leads northern regions on CIL

CIL Watch: Yorkshire leads northern regions on CIL

Consultation on Harrogate Borough Council's draft charging schedule, which closes next week, takes the borough one step closer to being the 11th local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber to have a community infrastructure levy (CIL) in place.

The dangers of deviation from the CIL rulebook

The dangers of deviation from the CIL rulebook

A High Court judgment requiring a self builder to pay a £36,000 community infrastructure levy bill for missing an exemption deadline shows that CIL regulations must be rigidly adhered to, say observers.


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