Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - Consultation

Have your say on how you would like money for infrastructure within your community to be spent…

Many of you have told us that you don’t mind the development of new homes and employment uses in Stevenage, but you are concerned about how provision will be made for the infrastructure needed to support these developments, for example schools, doctors surgeries, open spaces and improvements to the transport network. This is your chance to have your say on the money we receive from developers and how it will be spent within your communities.

What is a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

We are currently consulting on plans to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This means that we can charge developers a fee to help deliver infrastructure to support you and the area where you live.

How can CIL benefit your community?

New development shouldn’t be a burden for existing communities to suffer. In fact development can benefit communities by bringing forward wider regeneration and funding improvements to the town. We want you to get involved in ensuring the benefits of development are shared across the community and that any money received as a result of development is used for things that local people want.

As well as helping deliver to infrastructure across the town, your community will receive 15% of the CIL funds which are raised from development in your local area; this can be spent on projects that will benefit local facilities and services. We would like to know how you think this money should be spent.

How much do we charge developers for a CIL

Before we can start charging CIL, we have to agree on the amount that we are going to charge developers. CIL is a charged per m2 of new floor space developed.

We have done a lot of background research and work to decide what to charge. We think we have struck the right balance between the need to fund infrastructure and the need to ensure costs are not so high that they prevent development from coming forward, but we would like you to tell us what you think.

The fees that we want to charge are set out in the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule.

How will the money be spent?

We would also like you to tell us what infrastructure you would like to see improved or delivered in your local area using the money that we would receive through CIL. What concerns you when you think about new development? Are there particular infrastructure improvements that you feel are essential to supporting new development?

How can I have my say?

You can tell us what you think about CIL and how we spend money in your community, for a period of 6 weeks between 12 September and 24 October 2018. If you think we’ve not quite got it right, let us know why, if you have any ideas you want to share, we would be happy to hear them, and if you think we’ve got it right, you can tell us that too! We want to hear from as many people as possible, so we would appreciate your views.

We need your comments in writing so that we can consider them in accordance with the Regulations we have to abide by when consulting on CIL.

You can respond online via our consultation portal

You can send us your views by email to: planning.policy@stevenage.gov.uk.

Or you can write to us at:

Planning Policy Team
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
SG1 1HN

Further information

You can browse through the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule online or thumb through a paper copy of it in the Council Offices in Danestrete, or at the libraries in the Town Centre, Swingate, or the Old Town, High Street.

If you have any questions or need more help with this document, please contact your Planning Policy team on 01438 242865 or email us on planning.policy@stevenage.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!