Council wants views on proposed Community Infrastructure Levy
PUBLISHED: 10:19 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 02 February 2018
Consultation about Bromley council’s proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which would apply to the whole borough, is underway, and responses from residents are being invited by Friday March 9.
The CIL is a levy which allows local authorities to raise funds from new development towards the infrastructure needed as a result of that development, and the six week consultation period gives an opportunity for comment or further information.
The CIL will provide infrastructure to support the development of an area, and will be used for specific projects selected by the council from the final Regulation 123 list of infrastructure projects.
It will also work in tandem with a smaller number of S106 Legal Agreements, used where necessary to make an individual planning application acceptable.
Cllr Peter Morgan, executive cllr for renewal and recreation, said: “When development takes place, new or updated infrastructures, such as roads, are often needed.
“Residents in a new housing development will need access to medical or educational facilities for instance, and the CIL is the mechanism to make sure that these costs are factored into the planning process providing developers with more certainty up front.
“They will know how much they will need to contribute before they submit a planning application and can factor this in when they are budgeting to decide if a development is viable.
“I would encourage interested parties to look at the proposals on our website and respond as they see fit”.
If and when the CIL is adopted, it will be applied as a statutory charge.
The CIL’s Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) document represents the first stage of public consultation on the proposed charges, which would apply borough wide.
As well as inviting comments on the PDCS, views and responses are invited on the relevant evidence base documents, which include a Viability Assessment Report, the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP), background evidence paper on Section 106 Monies Raised and Affordable Housing Provision, and an Indicative Regulation 123 list.
The consultation information and documents are available on the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation, or alternatively the PDCS is available at the Main Reception, Civic Centre and all Bromley Libraries.