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CIL Review Panel

Date: 26/11/2015

An independent group has been established by DCLG to conduct a review of the community infrastructure levy (CIL) and has issued a questionnaire to asses the extent to which CIL does or can provide an effective mechanism for funding infrastructure. The closing date for responses is 15 January 2016.

The group has an aim of assessing the extent to which CIL does or can provide an effective mechanism for funding infrastructure, and will recommend changes that would improve its operation in support of the Government's wider housing and growth objectives.

The review is very keen to hear from a wide range of people. Local authorities and communities groups are important, as are developers, surveyors, lawyers and consultants involved in the CIL process.Drawing on any appropriate expertise and evidence that they may wish to consult at their discretion, the Group's remit is that it should consider the overarching question of whether CIL is meeting its objectives of providing a faster, fairer, more certain and transparent means of funding infrastructure through developer contributions. In doing so, the Group is tasked with considering the following more specific issues:

  • The relationship between CIL and Section 106 in the delivery of infrastructure, including the role of the regulation 123 list and the restriction on pooling planning obligations.
  • The impact of CIL on development viability, including any disproportionate impact on particular types or scales of development.
  • The exemptions and reliefs from CIL.
  • The administrative arrangements and governance associated with charging, collecting and spending CIL.
  • The ability of CIL to fund and deliver infrastructure in a timely and transparent way.
  • The impact of the neighbourhood portion on local communities' receptiveness to development.
  • The geographical scale at which CIL is collected and charged.
  • Based on its assessment of the issues above, the Group should make specific, prioritised recommendations that provide a clear basis for improving the current system of collecting developer contributions to infrastructure delivery.

>> See the review group's Terms of Reference

>> See the DCLG questionnaire and response details

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