Developers could be taxed to pay for city improvements

Posted On 13 Oct 2017 at 2:58 pm

A levy could be imposed on new developments to go towards paying for community infrastructure such as schools, roads and parks under plans currently being consulted on by Brighton and Hove City Council from today.

Major projects such as the Preston Barracks site could be taxed to pay for schools, parks and roads


The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local councils to raise funds from new building projects in their area. CIL contributions can be spent on citywide infrastructure, which means the council can direct support to areas in most need.

Residents, developers, businesses and other organisations will have the opportunity to comment on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule which sets out proposed charging rates for the new contributions as £ per square metre of new floorspace.

Councillor Julie Cattell, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: “The introduction of CIL will ensure that more landowners and developers make appropriate contributions towards broader city-wide infrastructure projects.

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“The introduction of a CIL was also recommended by the Planning Advisory Service Peer Review of the Planning Service in 2016 and is one of a number of projects underway to modernise the service.

“What we are trying to achieve is a balance between gaining income to help provide community facilities and infrastructure, while ensuring this is realistic for developers looking to invest and build in the city – that’s why everyone’s input will be invaluable to help the council move forward.”

A CIL charge will be payable on new housing, retail and student housing development that create more than 100 square metres of net additional floorspace. There are exceptions to the charge such as new affordable housing units, self-build housing and development by charities.

We invite comments on any of the planning documents, but particularly welcome views about the proposed charging levels and geographical zones where different charging rates will apply.

The council has based the proposed charging rates on an independent viability study. The study found that new-build residential development, purpose-built student housing and new retail floor space could all bear a CIL charge within a recommended charging range. Other uses and exempt development include affordable and self-build housing.

To give your views, visit our Consultation portal: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/pdcs-consultation or write to PlanningPolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk . Updates on CIL will be included on our website Developer Contribution webpage. The consultation will run for eight weeks starting on 13 October.

Until now the council has relied on Section 106 planning agreements from larger developments to fund local infrastructure. These agreements are commitments from developers to fund projects which will meet the needs created by that development.

Some of these agreements will remain, but CIL will secure funding from a wider range of development including small residential schemes, so that more new development will contribute to infrastructure required by the city.

CIL will deliver a predictable longer term infrastructure funding stream and the money can be spent on projects anywhere it is needed in the city.

The Community Infrastructure Levy can be implemented on new housing, and on non residential developments (over 100 sq metres) including shops, offices, hotels and industrial premises, based on a rate per square metre of development. Local councils need to show that the proposed charges are reasonable and take account of local land values and uses.

  1. Ad Reply

    Think we should just get on with it instead of moaning about it! There are so many projects in this city on hold … surely Brighton is a progressive city!!!!!? Students especially are underestimated in how much money they bring…..please stop crapping on about the i360 and how the council squandered money….it’s so tiring…let’s move forward and present to the rest of the country what brighton an hove is…progressive forward thinking and OPEN…..

  2. Annon Reply

    Great comment, well said Ad.

  3. Backhander Reply

    And here was I thinking that bribery was illegal..

  4. Mop Reply

    Would normally disagree with another council tax, but if it goes towards rebuilding the seafront terraces why not.

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