Community Infrastructure Levy

This page contains information on the context and where we are now with development of a Community Infrastructure Levy, and progress made through the Cornwall Council Committee structure.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (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 gov.uk website and in our frequently asked questions.

The following gives the key milestones in the process for the adoption of CIL in Cornwall:

Discussions are currently underway to identify suitable criteria and processes for approving and distributing CIL income.  In the meantime, we are continuing to work on producing a developer contributions guidance note to help clarify the use of Section 106 agreements and CIL.

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