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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule

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The Examiner, Mr Keith Holland BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI ARICS has formally submitted his recommendations (and reasons for those recommendations) to the council, following the virtual hearing session which was conducted on Thursday 27 May 2021. The Examiner’s final report can be found here.

Introduction

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 current CIL Charging Schedule, which came into force in November 2017.

The council is undertaking 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:

Hard copies of the documents have been placed at the District Council offices on Milton Park. However, unfortunately the offices are currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to view hard copies, please contact us on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk so we can discuss options with you.

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 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 on 2 July 2021. The full report can be found here.

Next Steps

The council has made the modifications to the Charging Schedule requested by the Examiner and a final version will be considered for adoption by Cabinet and Council in October 2021. After this, if adopted, the Charging Schedule and the council’s new CIL rates will  come into effect. Once implemented, the 2021 Charging Schedule will supersede the 2017 Charging Schedule.

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 Notice for further information on how your personal data has been used in relation to the CIL review. 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 Vale Planning Policy Team on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk

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