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The CIL is a locally set charge (levy) that came into force on 6 April 2010 through the CIL Regulations 2010 which was later amended on 1 September 2019 through the CIL Regulations Amendments 2019. The CIL is a charge that local authorities in England (known as "charging authorities") can place on new development in their area. The money generated through the levy will contribute to the funding of infrastructure to support development growth in south Worcestershire. The CIL has been jointly prepared by the three south Worcestershire Councils of Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council and Worcester City Council, but adopted separately following an independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn of 2016. The Wychavon District Council CIL Charging Schedule was adopted on 26 April 2017 and came into force on 5 June 2017.
As part of the review of the SWDP the SWC are undertaking an update of the CIL Charging Schedule to align with the new local plan infrastructure requirements.
How is CIL calculated?
CIL is charged in £ per square metre. The floor area on which CIL is payable is calculated by measuring the gross internal area (GIA) of new development. All new build areas, including garages, are included.
The amount of CIL liable is also dependent on where the development is located within the District, the type of use proposed, the amount of floorspace that is being created and the amount that is being lost i.e. through demolition. For information about the CIL rates within your area, please refer to the pdf CIL Charging Schedule (6.00 MB) .
What does CIL fund?
Through the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) charging authorities are required to set out a list of those projects and types of infrastructure that it intends to fund (either in whole or part) through the levy. The CIL is intended to supplement other funding streams, e.g., Section 106 contributions to ensure that new community infrastructure can be provided to support local growth and to give the district council and communities more choice and flexibility in how infrastructure is funded.
On 1 February 2023, The Executive Board approved the resolution to withdraw the CIL Reg 123 List: Follow link to the meeting here: Wychavon District Council - Meetings & Minutes
The Committee Report can be viewed here: Wychavon Committee Report
The South Worcestershire Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SWIDP) identifies the infrastructure needed to deliver the growth set out in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). The levy will help fund these requirements.
The CIL also needs to be informed by viability evidence. The south Worcestershire authorities need to be able to explain how their proposed levy rate (or rates) will contribute towards the implementation of the SWDP and support development across the area by striking an appropriate balance between the additional investment needed to support development and the potential effects on the viability of development.
Infrastructure Funding Statement
The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2019) came into force on 1 September 2019. Under these regulations, Infrastructure Funding Statements (IFS) will replace CIL Regulation 123 Lists as the mechanism through which projects are identified for CIL funding.
For the avoidance of doubt the CIL Regulation 123 Lists in the adopted Charging Schedule (and Appendix A2) no longer serves as a basis for identifying infrastructure required, where applicable from either allocated site(s) in the SWDP or from other new development for CIL spending.
The IFS is published annually and provides a summary of all financial and non-financial developer contributions relating to S106s and CIL within the district.
The 2021/22 IFS states that during 2023 an addendum identifying infrastructure projects that the district council intends to, or may be, wholly or partly funded by CIL will be published. It will also set out the CIL spending protocol and governance arrangements setting out the process that the district council will undertake for allocating CIL receipts.
- pdf CIL User Guide (606 KB) , which includes a number of examples and frequently asked questions section.
- All forms relating to CIL can be found on the Planning Portal website.
- pdf CIL Monitoring Report (2018/19) (112 KB)
- Visit the SWDP website for more information on the Community Infrastructure Levy production stages
- Information and guidance on how indexation will affect CIL charges for CIL liable development in Wychavon District Council's administrative area, is available in the pdf CIL Indexation Update - Guidance Note (January 2021) (97 KB)