Panel to discuss introduction of new development levy

Plans to introduce a new levy on developers for local infrastructure improvements in Leeds will be discussed this week.

The meeting of the development plan panel at Civic Hall from 1:30pm on Tuesday 1 July will discuss the initial round of consultation carried out on introducing a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support infrastructure projects such as transport improvements, upgrading parks and open spaces or schools.

The new levy would partly replace the existing system of planning obligations known as Section 106 agreements, particularly for infrastructure projects which require funding from a number of different sources.

The panel will be looking at the responses received from a seven-week consultation exercise which included three stakeholder events attended by developers and residents. Over 50 responses were received and the council is now analysing the feedback to possibly amend the proposals before the next stage of consultation is conducted.

Chair of the development plan panel Councillor Neil Taggart said:

“In proposing the draft charges we have tried to strike the right balance between generating enough funds to help pay for infrastructure across Leeds, and also ensuring that we encourage investment and growth.

“We are pleased with the level of responses from different stakeholders including from the development industry, residents and parish councils, and infrastructure providers. They have given us their views and we are currently preparing formal responses.”

Following the meeting the council will prepare its responses to the consultation comments, and discuss them at a future development plan panel meeting. It will then formalise its CIL proposal which will be published for further consultation at the end of this year. Comments on the proposal will then be considered by an independent examiner who must give approval before it can be adopted by the council.

Notes to editors:

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new tariff-based system that will apply to new development, introduced by the Planning Act of 2008.

It will partly replace the existing system of planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements), particularly for those infrastructure projects that require funding from a number of different sources.

The CIL will therefore be used to help pay for projects such as schools, greenspace and public transport schemes.

S106 agreements will remain to address necessary site specific requirements.


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