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Community Infrastructure Levy Adoption

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy which the Council will charge on many new developments.  The money raised will help to pay for the infrastructure needed across Leeds as a result of growth, such as schools, greenspace, flood defences, and transport improvements.
 
CIL Adoption
The CIL was adopted by Full Council on 12th November 2014, and the charges will be implemented across Leeds from the 6th April 2015.  The associated CIL policies were approved by Executive Board on the 17th September 2014.  Please note that any relevant planning applications which have not been granted before 6th April 2015 will be liable to pay the CIL.
 
The Adopted Charging Schedule (April 2015) can be downloaded from the ‘Documents’ tab to the left, along with the Residential Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List, the Instalments Policy, the Exceptional Circumstances Policy, and the Statement of Discretionary Charitable Relief.
 
Charging Zones Map
Detailed map is also provided in order to be able to print out or zoom in at a more detailed scale to identify a particular site or location - Charging Zone Map
 
Implementation of the CIL
In the next few weeks further guidance will be added to this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process will work, including aspects such as what CIL information will need to be submitted with planning applications, and a wide range of other ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. 
 
The CIL will be charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location.  It will replace the current tariff based system of planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements). S106s will continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace.  Provision of affordable housing will also continue as previously.
 
The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Leeds.
 
No decisions have yet been made as to the detailed arrangements of how and where the CIL funds are to be spent, and spending issues are a separate workstream to the CIL Charging Schedule and evidence base.
  
CIL Preparation  
Leeds City Council undertook various stages of formal consultation in preparing the CIL Charging Schedule:
- Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule: 27th March to 15th May 2013
- Draft Charging Schedule: 29th October to 10th December 2013
- Draft Charging Schedule Submission Version (Incorporating Modifications):
   21st March to 17th April 2014
- Examination hearing session: 3rd June 2014
The Examiner’s report did not recommend any substantive changes to the Draft Charging Schedule.
 
The CIL documents from these earlier stages can be accessed via the ‘Documents’ tab to the left, in the document ‘Links to Supporting Evidence and Previous Stages Prior to CIL Adoption.’ 
 
Reference copies of the Adopted Charging Schedule (Nov 2014) will be placed in all libraries and one-stop centres and the Development Enquiry Centre in the Leonardo Building (2 Rossington Street, LS2 8HD).
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