Developers Pay Back Into The Community Through Council Levy Scheme

In an attempt to show that new development is not all bad, East Suffolk council have released figures for the amount clawed back from developers through the The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and what the money has been spent on.

 CIL is a tool to help deliver new and improved infrastructure to support the development in the area.

The scheme was launched in Waveney District Council in 2013 and in Suffolk Coastal District Council in 2016. It is now administered by the new East Suffolk Council for both districts.

The scheme sees developers pay a fee based on the size, location and type of its development. New residential development which creates net additional floor space of 100 square meters or more, or creates a new dwelling, is potentially liable for the levy, as well as retail developments in the Suffolk Coastal area and holiday lets and supermarkets in the Waveney area.

CIL is collected from developers through phased payments from the point of commencement of a development through to its completion. The funding is spent on infrastructure to support development in the area and can include things such as open spaces, schools, cycling and pedestrian routes, strategic transport infrastructure and community facilities.

CIL is non-negotiable and any funds not spent, are banked for future infrastructure projects to support development in the District.

Recommendations on what to spend CIL on are made by the councils Local Plan Working Group and the final decision is made by the councils Cabinet.

Since the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme was introduced in east Suffolk, over £4.5 million has been collected from commenced and completed developments.

Of this, over £2.1 million has been distributed or earmarked to help deliver infrastructure projects to facilitate growth currently taking place across the District. In most circumstances it replaces or complements the traditional Section 106 process of securing developer contributions towards infrastructure.

Parish and Town Councils receive 15% of CIL funds which are collected from development in their area. A further 10% is available to the councils which have introduced the Neighbourhood Plan. So separately, a total of just over £700,000 has been paid to Parish and Town Councils in east Suffolk.

Some of the projects which have been allocated CIL funds include:

  1. £122,400 towards expansion of Framlingham Medical Practice

2)  £188,800 towards pre-construction costs for a new Youth, Arts and Community Centre in Woodbridge

3) £45,000 towards a new pedestrian crossing outside the primary school in Trimley St Mary

4) £74,500 towards a 3G pitch in Beccles

5) £366,460 towards a new community centre in Bungay

6) £56,002.50 towards improving footpath access to the Hill Farm Road development in Halesworth

To see the CIL reports and details about all the projects, go to:  http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/yourcouncil/council-meetings-and-decisions/agendas-reports-and-minutes-of-council-meetings/waveney-district-council-meetings/2018-meetings/september-2018-meetings/wdc-cabinet-12-september-2018/

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