Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015
Ministers have announced an independent review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
This will “assess the extent to which CIL does or can provide an effective mechanism for funding infrastructure, as well as recommend changes that would improve its operation in support of the Government’s wider housing and growth objectives”.
The Department for Communities and Local Government said the exercise, to be led by Liz Peace, former chief executive of the British Property Federation, would assess whether CIL is meeting its objectives of providing a faster, fairer, more certain and transparent means of funding infrastructure via developer contributions.
The review will look at the relationship between CIL and s106 agreements and consider how reliefs and exemptions operate and whether the neighbourhood element of CIL is helping to increase community support for development. Also under scrutiny will be the impact of CIL on development viability.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “This independent review will examine how we can improve the CIL to ensure it best benefits local communities whilst delivering the houses the country needs.”
The review group includes representatives from developers, the Planning Advisory Service, a planning consultancy and local authorities. The review team is due to prepare a report plus recommendations by the end of March 2016.