Conservatives Welcome Adoption of Community Infrastructure Levy and Planning Fees Increase

Conservative-led West Lindsey District Council has adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the district.

This means that developers of new housing and other types of development specified within the Authorities’ Charging Schedule will be required to pay a levy, based on the amount and size of newfound buildings. 

The new CIL charge will be introduced at the same time at those for North Kesteven District Council and City of Lincoln Council areas, and takes effect for planning permissions granted from Monday, 22nd January 2018 onwards.

The adoption and implementation of CIL is good news for the residents of the four Central Lincolnshire Authorities (which also include Lincolnshire County Council) as monies raised will be used to provide and improve strategic infrastructure, initially contributing to the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and new Secondary Education. It will also generate funding for local communities that will see growth take place in their area, for them to spend on their own local infrastructure projects.

Cllr. Ian Fleetwood, the Conservative Chairman of West Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee, said:

“The adoption of CIL is a great achievement for the authority, it is a lengthy and detailed process designed to ensure that the levy does not affect growth aspirations of the district whilst also ensuring new development contributes to infrastructure at both a strategic and local level.

“In our manifesto, at the last elections, we said we’d ensure that the adoption of the Local Plan reflected local aspirations. I am pleased we have delivered on this committment.”

Further information on CIL, including frequently asked questions, forms and other information please visit the Council’s website .

In related news, in line with new government regulations, West Lindsey District Council will be introducing a 20% per cent increase in planning fees.

The council will start applying the fee increase from Wednesday, 17th January 2018.  (The reference for the Regulations is SI 2017 no.1314)

The Government regulations will also introduce a new fee of £402 per 0.1 hectare for ‘Permission in Principle’ applications, the ability for authorities to charge for applications for planning permission following the removal of permitted development rights through Article 4 directions or by condition.

Finally, a fee of £96 for prior approval applications to permitted development rights that were introduced in April 2015 and April 2017. These include the rights for the installation of solar PV equipment on non-domestic buildings, the erection of click-and-collect facilities within the land area of a shop, the temporary use of buildings or land for film-making purposes and the provision of temporary school buildings on vacant commercial land for state funded schools.