The Council is proposing to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in Oldham. The CIL is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. This legislation came into effect in 2010 (The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, as amended). The monies can be used to support development by funding infrastructure needed by local communities and neighbourhoods.
CIL will largely replace the existing system used for planning contributions under Section 106. CIL gives developers certainty up front and captures small sites. CIL was introduced to be ‘fairer, faster and more transparent’.
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
The council consulted on the first stage of the CIL on a document called the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy - Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule’ in February 2015. The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) sets out the rates in pounds per square metre on new additional floorspace, as appropriate. The PDCS also identifies geographical zones where charges for residential development differ across the borough.
The PDCS has been informed by a piece of evidence called the ‘Oldham Economic Viability Study’. The Viability Study analysed different development types in Oldham to assess whether a CIL charge could be applied. The Viability Study has been published for inspection as part of the CIL evidence base.
The CIL PDCS is also su pported by Oldham’s Local Plan (the ‘Joint Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document’) adopted in November 2011. The Joint DPD is available on the council website.