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Community Infrastructure Levy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of the receipts (a) each of her Department's executive agencies and (b) each regional development agency will receive from community infrastructure levy; (251801)

(2) who the charging authorities for the community infrastructure levy will be;

(3) what plans she has to produce an updated impact assessment for community infrastructure levy;

(4) what proposals her Department has for the (a) level and (b) rates of community infrastructure levy.

Section 206 of the Planning Act 2008 sets out which bodies will be charging authorities for the Community Infrastructure Levy. As part of the consultation on draft CIL regulations, the Government will consult on the use of the section 206(4). Executive agencies and regional development agencies cannot be charging authorities. However such bodies could receive CIL revenue from CIL charging authorities in order to provide infrastructure identified as necessary, through the development plan process, to support development. No estimate has been made of the level of CIL revenue that these specific bodies would receive as this will depend on the infrastructure planning and local decisions about funding priorities made by each CIL charging authority.

The Planning Act together with the CIL regulations will set the framework governing how charging authorities will determine the rate of CIL in their area. The level of CIL will be set locally by each charging authority should they decide to establish a CIL.

Section 211(2) of the Act requires charging authorities to have regard to actual and expected costs of infrastructure; the economic viability of development and other actual and expected sources of funding for infrastructure in setting the rate of CIL.

An updated impact assessment will be produced alongside the CIL regulations which will not come into force before October 2009.