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CIL Watch: Four things you need to know about new CIL regulations and guidance

CIL Watch: Four things you need to know about new CIL regulations and guidance

Since the summer, when the government shook up the use classes order, several changes have been made to CIL regulations. Here are four key changes to regulations and guidance you need to know about.

MHCLG chief planner highlights new infrastructure levy, cross boundary planning and 'healthy places' as key themes of white paper responses

MHCLG chief planner highlights new infrastructure levy, cross boundary planning and 'healthy places' as key themes of white paper responses

The government is looking at measures to support "cross boundary" planning and the creation of "healthy places", alongside measures to ensure the proposed new Infrastructure Levy can "flex for different circumstances", as it moves to refine its planning white paper proposals, the chief planner has said today.

Government announces new £7.1 billion home building fund to 'unlock 860,000 homes'

Government announces new £7.1 billion home building fund to 'unlock 860,000 homes'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the creation of a new £7.1 billion home building fund that aims to "unlock 860,000 homes" as well as a £4 billion "Levelling Up Fund" for investment in local infrastructure projects.

Chancellor announces £12 million extra funding next year for planning reform

Chancellor announces £12 million extra funding next year for planning reform

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an “additional" £12 million of funding next year to take forward the government’s changes to the planning system.

New planning arrangements for revised shared ownership model from April 2021, government reveals

New planning arrangements for revised shared ownership model from April 2021, government reveals

Planning permissions issued from April 2021 will have to be in line with the government's new shared ownership affordable homes model, while councils should "have flexibility" in allowing developers to amend existing proposals to take into account the changes, according to a consultation document.

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Why ditching the dreaded section 106 negotiations could lead to something even worse for developers, by Joey Gardiner

The government’s planning white paper proposals to rip up the current system by which developers contribute to the cost of the infrastructure required to support their schemes, and replace it with a nationally set Infrastructure Levy have been greeted with dismay by councils and housing associations.

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.

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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.

Why a court judgment should boost transparency around viability information and lobbying councillors

Why a court judgment should boost transparency around viability information and lobbying councillors

A potentially groundbreaking High Court judgment has given legal backing to policy and guidance updates aiming to make viability information more transparent and has enshrined the right for planning committee members to be lobbied before they make decisions.

The implications of the government’s proposed developer contributions shake-up

The implications of the government’s proposed developer contributions shake-up

Some commentators fear that the new infrastructure levy proposed in the government's planning white paper may be too inflexible and could deter development as well as work against ministers' wider policy aims.

CIL Watch: Rural business group calls for removal of levy charges on new farm buildings

CIL Watch: Rural business group calls for removal of levy charges on new farm buildings

A lobby group representing rural landowners and businesses has called for the removal of community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges on all new farm buildings, a move that it says will boost economic growth in rural areas.