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High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

High Court overturns inspector's 'absurd' decision to back CIL self build exemption

A High Court judge has quashed a planning inspector's 'plainly absurd' decision and backed a council in a dispute over whether a self builder was entitled to an exemption from a community infrastructure levy (CIL) charge.

What's new in the government's latest CIL regulations

What's new in the government's latest CIL regulations

New draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations are set to introduce most of the government's previously-promised changes to the levy but also include a fresh requirement for councils to consult before removing a CIL.

Social housing commission recommends land value capture rule changes to boost delivery

Social housing commission recommends land value capture rule changes to boost delivery

The government should change land compensation rules so that landowners are paid 'a fair market price for their land, rather than the price it might achieve with planning permission that it does not actually have', a commission on social housing has recommended.

CIL Watch: Government consults on removal of two-stage CIL consultation requirement

CIL Watch: Government consults on removal of two-stage CIL consultation requirement

The government is proposing to remove the statutory requirement to consult on a draft charging schedule for the community infrastructure levey (CIL), under new consultation proposals.

Government consults again on developer contribution changes

Government consults again on developer contribution changes

Draft regulations required to enact the government's planned changes to the developer contributions system, including the removal of restrictions on pooling section 106 contributions, have been published for consultation.

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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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The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

The impact national policy changes on viability have had on the ground

The government introduced a series of new viability requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance earlier this year. Five months on, what impact has there been on the ground, asks Adam Branson.

How we did it: Using a viability review tool to secure affordable homes

How we did it: Using a viability review tool to secure affordable homes

A viability review mechanism was used to agree an affordable homes delivery process for a major scheme in York.

CIL Watch: Few councils use their power to exempt 'unviable' schemes from CIL, research finds

CIL Watch: Few councils use their power to exempt 'unviable' schemes from CIL, research finds

Norwich City Council has introduced a new policy allowing it to exempt some developments from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) if the charge causes them to become unviable.

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

How the restored ability to pool developer contributions could boost regeneration

Removing a ban on combining five or more section 106 planning gain payments to pay for infrastructure will allow councils to speed up delivery on large strategic sites, experts predict.


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