Community Infrastructure Levy

This page contains information on the contextprogress so far with development of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the next steps towards adopting a CIL in Cornwall, and progress made through the Cornwall Council Committee structure.

The CIL 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. This may include new or safer road schemes, flood defences, schools, health facilities, park improvements, green spaces and leisure centres.

The CIL is charged as a fixed tariff per square metre of new floor space. The tariff is set by local authorities in consultation with local communities and developers, and is tested through an independent examination. The CIL provides developers with much more certainty ‘up front’ about how much money they will be expected to contribute. Guidance on the process of preparing and adopting a community infrastructure levy is available on the website and in our frequently asked questions.

The following gives the key milestones achievedso far in the process for adopting CIL in Cornwall:

  • Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation - completed in March/April 2013
  • Evidence base reviewed in 2016 - this included updating the Development Viability Assessments and Infrastructure Needs Assessments.
  • Consultation on the updated Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule ran from 3 January to 14 February 2017.
  • Consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule, including draft Regulation 123 list, Instalment Policy and Discretionary Relief Policy, ran from 12 June to 7 August 2017.  View the documents and other consultation information.
  • Submission to the Secretary of State and Examination in Public - the Draft Charging Schedule and supporting documentation was submitted to the Secretary of State on 26 October 2017, and the Examination in Public Hearings were held on 24 January 2018.  Visit the CIL Examination page for links to the submission documents and Examination information.
  • The Examiners Report was received by Cornwall Council on 9 March 2018, and concluded that, subject to some modifications, the Cornwall CIL Charging Schedule provides an appropriate basis for collection of the levy in the area.  A summary of the recommended modifications is provided within the report.

Now that Cornwall Council has received the Examiners Report, the final Charging Schedule can be produced taking into account the Examiners recommendations.

  • Adoption - the Charging Schedule will be considered for adoption by Full Council in July 2018. 
  • Publication - once adopted, the Charging Schedule will be published on the Council's website and available to view at the Council's Information Services (One Stop Shops) and libraries.  Notice of the approval will also be given by local advertisement.
  • Commence charging - it is anticipated that CIL will come into effect in January 2019. A date will be publicised as soon as this is determined.

Alongside the adoption process, discussions are currently underway to identify suitable criteria and processes for approving and distributing CIL income.  Work is also underway to set up the necessary administrative processes for managing CIL to ensure systems are in place for when Cornwall Council starts charging CIL.

Development and progress of the Community Infrastructure Levy has been discussed by the following Committees/Portfolio Holders: