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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy which the Council will charge on developers or landowners when they build 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.
 
The CIL will be charged per square metre on most new buildings, based on their use and location.  Once adopted 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.
 
Charges have to be based on viability. 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.  In order to decide the rates for the CIL, the Council has produced an evidence base including an Economic Viability Study.
 
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 work stream to the CIL Charging Schedule and evidence base.
 
Draft Charging Schedule Consultation
 
Leeds City Council consulted from 29th October to 10th December 2013 on the ‘CIL Draft Charging Schedule’ and on minor modifications to the Draft from 7th April to 6th May 2014.  This provided the opportunity for residents and businesses to give feedback as to whether the CIL rates have been set at the right level.  The examination is now underway and the hearing session was held on the 3rd June 2014.  Please see the CIL Examination and Submissions pages for more details.
 
Most of the CIL documents are available in documents area on the left of the page and the remainder can be found in the Core Documents list on the Submissions page. 
Reference copies were made available in all libraries and one-stop centres and the Development Enquiry Centre in the Leonardo Building (2 Rossington Street, LS2 8HD).
 
Consultation documents:
• Draft Charging Schedule (October 2013)
• Charging Zone Map (October 2013)
• Draft Regulation 123 List (October 2013)
• Further Justification Papers (October 2013)
• Leeds City Council Responses to Representations on the Preliminary Draft Charging
  Schedule (PDCS) (August 2013)
• Statement of the Representations Procedure
  
Next Steps
 
The CIL was submitted for Examination on 7th April 2014, the hearing session were held on the 3rd June 2014 in the Thoresby Room, Leeds City Museum. 
 
The Council are expecting to receive the Examiner’s report by the end of August 2014, with the intention is to adopt the Leeds CIL in early 2015.