Community Infrastructure Levy – encouraging development

By on 05/09/2014 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News

A further round of consultation is set to begin on Community Infrastructure Levy charges aimed at encouraging development within the city and while contributing to the cost of related infrastructure.

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

This consultation builds on comments received regarding the preliminary Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges consultation during 2012/13.

A Community Infrastructure Levy ensures certain types of development contribute towards the infrastructure needed to support growth in the city, as set out in the Birmingham Development Plan. This could include schools, health and community services, improvements to open space, better transport and highways improvements.

Government legislation means that s.106 contributions from developers now have to be site-specific; however, CIL contributions will go towards a range of infrastructure projects across the city, though a percentage will stay in the area of the development.

A high level review assessing market viability, and a public consultation, led to a revised charging schedule, which will go out to further public consultation for six weeks, if approved by cabinet.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said: “These revised charges are a direct result of engaging with the private development sector. While the city council can decide the level of the charges, once we decide to make a Community Infrastructure Levy charge it is mandatory and therefore we have to consider what is reasonable in the current economic climate.

“It is important that we strike a balance between funding necessary infrastructure from the levy and the potential impact on the economic viability of development.

“These revised charges will still support growth and investment and will allow us to develop the infrastructure needed to support that growth and improve the well-being of local people.”

The report is due before cabinet on 15 September. Following consultation the proposed charges will be submitted for Examination in Public with adoption scheduled for April 2015.

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