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The Community Infrastructure Levy comes to Wiltshire

May 10, 2015 2:38 PM
By Trevor Carbin

Wiltshire Council is set to implement the 'roof tax' following a long period of preparation for the new scheme, which will partially replace the old 'Section 106' method of getting developers to pay for infrastructure.

The Council will start charging CIL on all liable development granted planning permission on or after Monday 18 May 2015.

However the council won't accumulate a significant amount of CIL funding until after the first few years of implementation, so there'll be no immediate increase in provision of facilities.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations set out how local communities will also benefit from CIL. Town and parish councils will receive 15% of CIL funds raised in their area, or 25% if they have an adopted neighbourhood plan in place. They will decide upon how and where that money is spent.

Residential developments would incur CIL charges which are differentiated in two ways. First, by geographical location in one of two charging zones and second, by classification into strategic or non-strategic developments i.e. there are four charging categories. 'Residential development' on nonstrategic sites would incur charges of £85 per square metre (psm) in Charging Zone 1 and £55 psm in Charging Zone 2. 'Residential development' on 'strategically important sites, as set out in the Wiltshire Core Strategy', would incur a £40 psm charge in Zone 1 and a £30 psm charge in Zone 2.

'Student accommodation' developments will incur a £70 psm in all locations.
'Hotels' will also incur a £70 psm charge in all locations.
The retail CIL charges fall into three categories. First, 'retail warehouse and superstore/supermarket' development will incur a £175 psm CIL charge in all parts of the county. Second, retail development (excluding retail warehouse and superstore development) will incur a £70 psm CIL charge in the defined shopping centres of Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Marlborough, Salisbury and Trowbridge. Third, retail development elsewhere (again excluding retail warehouse and superstore development) would be nil rated.

Details on the agenda for the council meeting on May 12th.