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 (frequently asked questions).

Where we are up to

On 9 February 2016, Cheshire East Cabinet resolved to progress work to prepare a CIL Charging Schedule and we consulted on initial proposals for CIL (called the preliminary draft charging schedule) between February and April 2017.

At its meeting on 12 September 2017, Cabinet resolved to consult on the next stage in preparing a CIL charge.

Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule

The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule has been prepared in line with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended). It sets out our initial proposed CIL rates to be charged on residential and non-residential development across Cheshire East.

Consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charing Schedule took place between 27 February and 10 April 2017. 

The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation document was supported by a CIL Draft Viability Assessment, the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (July 2016 update) and an Initial Draft Regulation 123 List (the list of the types of infrastructure to be funded by CIL ). 

The consultation has now closed but consultation documents (including the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule) and consultation responses are still available to view on the council’s consultation portal (PDCS page).

Draft Charging Schedule

The draft charging schedule has taken account of consultation feedback received during public consultation on the initial proposals for CIL (the ‘preliminary draft charging schedule’) and also additional evidence prepared by the council and its consultants Keppie Massie. It is supported by the draft regulation 123 list which identifies infrastructure items that future CIL receipts could be spent on and information about the potential future relationship of CIL to other developer contributions including s106 agreements.

The consultation on the draft charging schedule took place between the 25 September and 06 November 2017.  You can view all the consultation documents (including the draft charging schedule) and read the consultation responses online using the council's consultation portal (draft charging schedule page).

Further information regarding the consultation can be viewed by viewing the statement of representations procedure (PDF, 261 KB).

Next Steps

The Council has reviewed the comments received from the Draft Charging Schedule consultation and intends to submit the Schedule for examination by the end of June 2018. It is envisaged that the examination will take place in September 2018 with CIL becoming operational in the Borough before the end of the year.

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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