Community Infrastructure Levy

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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge that could be set against some types of new development in the Borough.

Although the Council recognises the preparation of a CIL in its Local Development Scheme (February 2019), due to the publication of the Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’ and the Government’s commitment to review the current system of developer contributions, work on a CIL has been put on hold.

Therefore the Council is considering whether it shall adopt a standard charge approach to the delivery of infrastructure alongside Section 106 Agreements, which was brought into force by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations in April 2010. This would permit the Council to pool developer contributions raised through the levy and spend on infrastructure requirements for both the neighbourhood in which the development forms a part and the whole of Ipswich, although in turn would limit the use of Section 106 Agreements. A review of the best way forward with securing infrastructure funding is ongoing.

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Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule consultation (Dec 2013 - Jan 2016)

Following consultation on a preliminary draft charging schedule in 2013-14, the feasibility of proceeding with a CIL is under review.  A report updating the position is scheduled to be considered by the Council’s Executive on 11th July 2017

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge that will be set against some types of new development in the Borough. The CIL charge for any particular development will be determined by varying rates (based on development type, scale and locality) that are to be expressed as pounds per square metre and levied on the net additional floor space created, subject to statutory exemptions. The rates will be annually adjusted in line with changes in the BCIS All-in Tender Price Index until such time that the Council reviews these. The money to be raised from the levy will be used to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of local infrastructure.

A Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule has been prepared in accordance with the recommendations made within a CIL Viability Study report for Ipswich that was carried out by Peter Brett Associates LLP on behalf of the Council. Comments are invited on the assumptions used in this report and the proposed CIL rates and payment schedule as identified in Section 4 of the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule below.

This consultation will run from Wednesday 4th December 2013 until 5pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Development Management
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432913