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Vale of White Horse District Council formally adopted its revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule on 6 October 2021. The Schedule came into effect on 1 November 2021 and has replaced the CIL Charging Schedule (November 2017).

The Adoption Statement and adopted CIL Charging Schedule can be found below:

Adoption statement

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule – November 2021

Background to the 2020/21 Review

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) came into force in April 2010 and is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new development in their area.  The money raised can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure such as transport schemes, schools, community facilities, health and social care facilities, parks, green spaces and leisure facilities.

Vale of White Horse District Council is classed as a ‘charging authority’ and may charge CIL in respect of development that takes place in the District. Following adoption of Part 1 of the Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031 in December 2016, the council published its first CIL Charging Schedule, which came into force in November 2017.

The council has undertaken a review of its 2017 CIL Charging Schedule, to take into account the new site allocations and additional infrastructure requirements contained within Part 2 of the Local Plan 2031 (which was adopted in October 2019) and legislative changes introduced by the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2019.

Previous Public Consultation

Public consultation on our Draft CIL Charging Schedule and its associated evidence documents was carried out between 12 January and 8 February 2021, in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 as amended.

The council considered all the representations received as part of this consultation and produced a Statement of Representations document, which provided a summary of the main issues raised by respondents and detailed the council’s response on each of these issues. Appendix 2 to the Statement provided a schedule of all comments received.

Submission for Independent Examination

On 19 March 2021, the council formally submitted the Draft CIL Charging Schedule March 2021 (Submission Version, as modified) and associated evidence documents for independent Examination. This was carried out in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended).

All the Submission documents can be viewed below:

Modifications

In response to a small number of representations, some minor modifications to the Draft CIL Charging Schedule were made and a Statement of Modifications produced, which included commentary explaining how the changes related to the comments made and who made them. In light of these modifications, the council produced a revised version of its Charging Schedule (Draft Charging Schedule – Submission Version (As modified), March 2021). It was this submission version which was subject to independent Examination.

Independent Examination

A draft CIL Charging Schedule must undergo public examination by an independent person, before a Charging Authority can formally consider approving it. The council appointed an independent Examiner (Mr Keith Holland BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI ARICS) to conduct the Examination and to consider our Draft CIL Charging Schedule, its associated evidence documents and all of the representations made during the consultation period.

As part of this Examination, the Examiner conducted a virtual hearing session on Thursday 27 May 2021, which followed an Agenda circulated prior to the meeting. The virtual hearing was live streamed via the council’s YouTube channel, to enable anyone interested to follow proceedings online.

All the documentation relevant to the Examination is accessible below:

Examination Library List

Examination Library and Representations

Examiner’s Report

The Examiner issued his report with recommendations to the council on 2 July 2021. The full report can be found here.

Overall, the Examiner concluded that the proposed CIL rates would not threaten delivery of the Local Plan and would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of CIL in the Vale of White Horse District.

The Examiner requested two modifications to the Charging Schedule, which the council duly made.

Adoption of our CIL Charging Schedule

Vale of White Horse District Council formally adopted its revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule and Instalments Policy on 6 October 2021. The Schedule came into effect on 1 November 2021 and has replaced the CIL Charging Schedule (November 2017).

Copies of the CIL Charging Schedule and Adoption Statement have been placed at the District Council offices on Milton Park.

How we use your personal data

In line with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, for representations on the draft CIL Charging Schedule to be considered, names of respondents were shared with the Examiner and Programme Officer. Email addresses were also shared with the Programme Officer, so that he (or where necessary the council) could contact respondents with relevant updates regarding the Examination process or other aspects of the CIL review.

Representations submitted by individuals on the draft Charging Schedule were published on the council’s website, alongside their name. No other personal contact details were published. Representations submitted by businesses and/or organisations were  published, including contact details.

Please refer to our Privacy Policy for further information on how we collect, use and share the data we collect through our planning consultations, available here  . If you would like to know more about the council’s data protection registration or to find out about your personal data, please visit www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/dataprotection

Any Queries?

If you have any questions regarding the CIL Charging Schedule, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk

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