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.

Guidance on the process of preparing and adopting a Community Infrastructure Levy is available on our 'About the Community Infrastructure Levy' page.

There are a number of stages in producing a CIL charge:

  • The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule set out our initial proposed CIL rates to be charged on residential and non-residential development across Cheshire East. Consultation on the PDCS  took place between 27 February and 10 April 2017. The consultation has now closed but consultation documents and responses are still available to view on the council's consultation portal.
  • The Draft Charging Schedule took account of comments received to the consultation on the PDCS  and appropriate new evidence.  The consultation on the DCS  took place between the 25 September and 06 November 2017.  You can view all the consultation documents and read the consultation responses online using the consultation portal.


The council reviewed the comments received from the consultation on the DCS and submitted the  CIL Draft Charging Schedule for independent examination by Nigel Payne of Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPE) Ltd.

The submitted documents are available to view in the Community Infrastructure Levy Examination Library.

A copy of each submitted document (apart from the representations received and the Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update) is available for inspection at: the Customer Service Centres at Delamere House in Crewe and the Town Hall in Macclesfield, as well as at Council offices in Crewe (Municipal Buildings) and Sandbach (Westfields). In addition, a copy of the Draft Charging Schedule is available for inspection at all public libraries in Cheshire East (including the mobile library service).

The independent examination of the Council’s CIL Draft Charging Schedule was a continuous process running from submission through to the receipt of the inspector’s report. Part of the process involved hearing sessions where those invited to attend had the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the inspector.

The examination hearing sessions took place at the Assembly Room in Macclesfield Town Hall on 12 and 13 September 2018. Further details can be found on the Statutory Public Notice and the CIL examination website

The examiner's Report of the Draft Cheshire East Council Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule (PDF, 403 KB) has now been received. Subject to five modifications, the examiner has recommended that the Charging Schedule is an appropriate basis for the collection of  CIL in Cheshire East.

Next steps

It is intended that a report asking the council to adopt the  CIL Charging Schedule will be considered at the council meeting on 21 February 2019. Subject to approval, the  CIL  Charging Schedule will become operational on 01 March 2019 or as soon as practical thereafter. In preparation for the new charge, the council has published some advice on the Community Infrastructure Levy for applicants and a Provisional CIL Charging Rates Table and CIL Maps (PDF, 6.3 MB) document.

Further information

For further information on the Community Infrastructure Levy in Cheshire East, please contact the Spatial Planning Team by email at or by telephone on 01270 685893.

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