The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a fixed rate payment that councils can charge on new buildings in their area to offset the impacts of additional homes and businesses on facilities such as public transport infrastructure, schools, open space and health centres (infrastructure) and to enable sustainable growth. Section 106 legal agreements will be used alongside CIL to secure onsite infrastructure and things that are not infrastructure, such as affordable housing.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils adopted CIL Charging Schedules on 20th and 21st January 2016 respectively.
We charge CIL on all relevant planning permissions granted and all relevant permitted developments started from 11 April 2016.
Please note that as of the 1 April 2019, pre-application advice for CIL is a charged service. You can find out more information on the pre-application pages of the website
Further to Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s stated position in April 2020 regarding the impact of coronavirus on the collection and expenditure of Community Infrastructure Levy, the position has now been considered and reviewed by both Councils.
Following the lockdown measures put in place by the Government during March, construction stopped on many development sites across both Districts. The CIL deferment measures introduced by both Councils in April 2020 were welcomed and accepted by almost all of our house builders and it is hoped that this temporary relief has assisted with getting housing delivery restarted. However with Government measures now easing, it is important for both Councils to strike the right balance both for our housebuilders in economic terms but also so as to continue to collect CIL monies and deliver infrastructure for our communities as they experience growth.
The Government issued its own statement offering guidance to CIL charging Local Authorities on coronavirus and the Community Infrastructure Levy on the 13th May 2020. In summary the Government indicated it was considering amendments to the CIL Regulations 2010 through:-
Whilst no such temporary legislation has yet been enacted, both Councils have decided to await the introduction of any new temporary legislative change and ensure that any changes are responded to effectively within any timescales that are determined.
As such the Councils updated position on coronavirus and CIL is that it will return to normal arrangements for the collection of CIL with a continuation of its expenditure scheme and the original deferred payment arrangements for housebuilders (offered between April and June 2020) will not be further extended at this time.