Councils to consult on CIL charging rates
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are seeking views on revised Community Infrastructure Levy charges for developers – helping to provide communities with the facilities they need to keep pace with growth.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is collected from developers when they build new homes in the districts – supporting the councils’ vision for communities with bright and healthy futures and enabling local infrastructure to meet demand from development.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils implemented the charging of CIL in the districts in April 2016, with the agreement that these rates would remain fixed for a minimum of three years. As this period has now lapsed, and in order to safeguard future infrastructure against rising costs, the councils have taken the decision to review their CIL charging rates.
Councillors at Mid Suffolk District Council gave the green light for consulting on CIL rates at its Full Council meeting last night (Wednesday), following Babergh District Council approving the proposal on Tuesday.
Both councils will now undertake a public consultation to seek feedback on the revised rates, with this starting today (Thursday 12 November). Residents, businesses, and voluntary organisations are invited to have their say before the six-week consultation closes on December 24. These responses will then be considered by the councils, before being submitted to a Planning Inspector for public examination, prior to the implementation of proposed CIL charging rates in both districts.
CIL funding continues to make a real difference in Babergh and Mid Suffolk, with over £5.5 million being awarded to the districts’ communities since the start of the year – paving the way for a range of vital facilities and local projects.
Included in these successful bids was over £3.5 million towards school and nursery expansions in both districts, enabling a new sixth form centre for Stowupland High School and contributing towards the expansion of Bramford and Claydon Primary Schools.
Funding was also awarded to help regenerate St Peter’s Church in Sudbury into a cultural hub for activities, provide much-needed play areas, and fund a feasibility study for Thurston Railway Station improvements. In addition to this, CIL contributions secured further electric vehicle charging points in Babergh and Mid Suffolk – meeting the councils’ ongoing commitment to addressing climate change.
Cllr Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:
“This funding demonstrates how development builds not just houses, but communities with bright and healthy futures. We want Babergh to be a place that everyone is proud to call home, but we can only provide the facilities needed to help us achieve this aim if CIL contributions are appropriate to meet the cost. We welcome any feedback from residents, who I hope will give their time to help shape our district’s future.”
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said:
“CIL monies are a long-term beneficial funding source and make a real difference to the lives of Mid Suffolk residents. However, to enable us to secure the infrastructure required for our communities to thrive both now and in years to come, these rates do need to be revised. I would urge our communities to have their say before the consultation closes.”
Details of the consultation can be found on Babergh District Council’s website and Mid Suffolk District Council’s website. Comments can be made via e-mail by submitting views to Infrastructure@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk or in writing to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX.
Further information about Community Infrastructure Levy can be found on the councils website, with details about how the levy has been allocated available on the councils’ award-winning Developer Contributions Database.