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:

  • 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 Tuesday 3 January to Tuesday 14 February 2017
  • Consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule, including draft Regulation 123 list, Instalment Policy and Discretionary Relief Policy, ran from Monday 12 June to Monday 7 August 2017.  View the documents and other consultation information.
  • Submission to the Secretary of State - the Draft Charging Schedule and supporting documentation was submitted to the Secretary of State on 26 October 2017.  To view the submission documents, and to get up to date information on progress towards the Examination in Public, visit the CIL Examination page.
  • Examination in Public - Wednesday 24 January 2018, with the possibility of a second day on Thursday 25 January 2018.
  • Adoption - July/August 2018
  • It is anticipated that CIL will come into effect during Autumn 2018.

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: