DCLG launches consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy

The Government has launched a consultation into the future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The levy was first introduced 2010 to help support the delivery of local infrastructure.

According to the Government, almost 100 councils are now charging CIL and more than 200 local authorities are working towards introducing it.

The review will assess whether CIL is meeting its objectives of providing a faster, fairer, more certain and transparent means of funding infrastructure and look at the relationship between CIL and s.106 agreements.

“Our planning reforms have ended the top-down bureaucracy of the past that pitted neighbours against developers – which means more than a million homes have been granted planning permission since 2010,” said Communities Secretary, Greg Clark.

“We now want to go even further, so we can ensure communities can directly see the benefit of new development and can be confident that new homes come with the infrastructure to support them.

“This independent review will examine how we can improve the community infrastructure levy to ensure it best benefits local communities whilst delivering the houses the country needs.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues