Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge that can be used by local authorities to support the development of their area. It came into force across England and Wales in April 2010. It allows local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to help fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development.
CIL is charged as a fixed rate per square metre of new floor space. The rate is set by local authorities in consultation with local communities and developers, and is tested through an independent examination. It can be used as one funding mechanism to support the infrastructure proposals contained within the Local Plan Strategy.
The Cheshire East CIL Charging Schedule has been prepared following an extensive period of consultation, engagement and examination. The consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule took place between 27 February and 10 April 2017 and consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule took place between 25 September and 06 November 2017.
The examination of the Draft Charging Schedule took place in the Autumn of 2018 with hearing sessions on 12 and 13 September. The examiner’s Report of the Draft Cheshire East Council Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule (PDF, 403 KB) was issued on 17 December 2018. The final charging schedule took account of the findings of the examiner’s report and was approved at the council meeting on 21 February 2019. It is operational from 01 March 2019.
Approved CIL Charging Schedule
Only two types of development in Cheshire East are liable to pay a CIL charge. These are housing (excluding affordable housing and apartments) and retail development at two specific locations (the Crewe Grand Junction and Handforth Dean retail parks). All other development has a zero CIL charge for economic viability reasons.
Five different CIL housing zones have been identified across the borough with a specific CIL charge rate identified for each zone. These vary from £0 to £71 per square metre. The charge at the retail parks identified above is £66 per square metre. The maps of the charging zones can be found in the appendices to the CIL Charging Schedule, together with other information such as the list of infrastructure projects the council intends spending its CIL receipts on (the Regulation 123 list), its instalments policy for paying CIL and discretionary social housing relief.
The CIL rates set out within the Charging Schedule are subject to indexation to take account of inflation and the council will periodically consider whether there is a need to undertake a review of these rates to take account of any changes in development viability in the borough since they were approved.
Administering and reporting on CIL receipts
The council will pass on a proportion of the CIL receipts received in an area, as a result of chargeable CIL development commencing, to the relevant town or parish council. The proportion received will dependent on whether a neighbourhood plan is in place at the time the development commences. In areas where there is no neighbourhood plan in place the amount received will be 15% of the CIL receipt up to an annual capped maximum of £100 per existing council tax dwelling. There is no cap in areas with a made neighbourhood plan and the amount received will be 25% of the CIL receipt.
The council has prepared a guidance note for town and parish councils (PDF, 167 KB) to assist in understanding their responsibilities regarding the administration and use of CIL monies.
The council will publish an annual report on its website containing information on the total CIL receipts it received and spent within that year, a summary of the projects on which CIL was spent, details of any CIL monies returned to the council by town and parish councils, any balances brought forward from previous years and those retained as unspent. The council will also publish on its website the CIL reports of its town and parish councils where a request to do so has been received from the local council concerned.
For further information on the establishment or revision of a CIL charge and the spending or reporting of CIL receipts, please contact the Spatial Planning Team on 01270 685893 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy is available in the planning application section of the council's website, by contacting the council on 0300 123 5014, or by email to CIL@cheshireeast.gov.uk.
Further information on the CIL is also available in The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 and the Community Infrastructure Levy Planning Practice Guidance.