The levy states that a planning obligation may only constitute a reason for granting planning permission for the development if the obligation is:
Due to delays in the examination of the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan the examination of the draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule has been unable to take place.
A decision was made by Cabinet on 16 November 2017 to withdraw the draft CIL Charging Schedule with a view to update its evidence base and re-consult on a revised CIL strategy in 2018.
You can download and view a pdf of The Cabinet report.
The levy is not intended to fund all infrastructure, it is recognised as being only one possible funding source.
The proceeds of the levy will be spent on local and sub-regional infrastructure to support the development of the area. The levy should not be used to remedy pre-existing deficiencies unless the new development makes the deficiency more severe.
The Planning Act 2008 defines infrastructure as including the following (although it should be recognised this list is not exhaustive):
In setting the Levy rates as part of the charging schedule, we must strike an appropriate balance between the desirability of CIL funding the total costs of infrastructure, and the potential effects of a CIL on the economic viability of development (Regulation 14, CIL Regulations 2010).
In order to adopt a charging schedule we must have an adopted core strategy, understand what infrastructure is required in the area and undertake a necessary viability assessment.
The Planning Act requires us to produce a draft charging schedule setting out the CIL charges in our area.
You can view the Parish Council CIL update which outlines the future of section 106 agreements and a draft charging schedule.
The following do not pay the levy:
Where the levy liability is calculated to be less than £50, the chargeable amount is deemed to be zero so no levy is due.
Mezzanine floors, inserted into an existing building, are not liable for the levy unless they form part of a wider planning permission that seeks to provide other works as well.
Landowners are ultimately liable for the levy, but anyone involved in a development may take on the liability to pay.
In order to benefit from payment windows and instalments, someone must assume liability in this way.
Where no one has assumed liability to pay the levy, the liability will automatically default to the landowners and payment becomes due as soon as development commences.
Liability to pay the levy can also default to the landowners where the collecting authority has been unable to recover the levy from the party that assumed liability for the levy, despite making all reasonable efforts.
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