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CIL regulations 'may require legislative tweaks to ease impact of coronavirus on developers'

CIL regulations 'may require legislative tweaks to ease impact of coronavirus on developers'

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations are insufficiently flexible to operate in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the government may have to legislate to ease the burden on 'suffering' developers, Planning has been told.

320-home Manchester scheme approved despite lack of viability case to justify 10% affordable housing rate

320-home Manchester scheme approved despite lack of viability case to justify 10% affordable housing rate

Greater Manchester councillors have approved plans for 320 homes and 62,000 square metres of employment space, despite the proposed scheme's failure to make a policy-compliant contribution to affordable housing, public transport or community facilities.

High Court to probe whether s106 agreements remain binding following consent variations

High Court to probe whether s106 agreements remain binding following consent variations

A judge has granted permission for a full High Court hearing to examine whether, in cases where planning permissions are varied, previous section 106 agreements remain binding.

CIL Watch: Sharp year-on-year fall in number of levies examined

CIL Watch: Sharp year-on-year fall in number of levies examined

The number of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules being approved at examination has fallen dramatically in the last four years, according to analysis by Planning.

High Court rejects developer's bid to avoid paying entire CIL bill for phased housing scheme

High Court rejects developer's bid to avoid paying entire CIL bill for phased housing scheme

A developer has failed in a High Court bid to avoid paying the entire community infrastructure levy (CIL) bill for its 81-home scheme in Somerset in one go, after a judge rejected its argument that it was entitled to pay only for the scheme's first phase that had commenced development.

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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.

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

Need to know: New advice for surveyors on viability assessment

What are the main changes in RICS' revised professional guidance on development viability in planning? By Chris Marsh.

CIL Watch: Tower Hamlets approves levy hike of up to 130 per cent

CIL Watch: Tower Hamlets approves levy hike of up to 130 per cent

An east London borough has adopted a revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule that hikes rates on development by up to 130 per cent.

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Need to know: Environmental planning commitments versus reality

Breaches of commitments can go unnoticed, and there is a widespread disconnect between promises made in planning and outcomes. By Dominic Woodfield.