Breckland Community Infrastructure Levy - Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule and Viability Assessment
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To present options on the progression of a Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule for Members.
Subject to further Member briefing sessions being held prior to the public consultation and the approval of the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council, the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, Viability Assessment and Infrastructure Funding Paper be agreed for public consultation.
Reasons for the decision:
It is recommended that Option 1 of the report be endorsed which would allow consultation to be carried out on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. This option would allow the Council to further progress the implementation of a CIL for the District.
It is important to progress CIL to enable the Council to have a mechanism in place to secure funding from multiple development after 1st April 2014 (the date on which S106 agreements would be called back). However, once implemented the CIL Charging Schedule would need to be kept under review, and it is recommended that a post adoption timeframe of 3 years be used which would establish whether there were any significant changes in the development market or other events which could affect viability in the district.
Endorsing Option 2 of the report would have two impacts. The first could be to effectively cease the preparation of CIL and rely on S106 agreements (with limitations post April 2014). However, in agreeing option 2, the Council could delay the consultation on CIL in order to commission further research or evidence to cover a greater range of scenarios. Whilst this might be a reasonable option, it is considered that any further evidence could still conclude that other forms of development were not viable.
Alternative options considered:
(1) To consider the PDCS, Viability Assessment and Infrastructure funding paper and agree it to be released for consultation.
(2) Not to approve the PDCS, Viability Assessment and Infrastructure funding paper for consultation.
Report author: Phil Mileham
Publication date: 28/03/2013
Date of decision: 26/03/2013
Decided at meeting: 26/03/2013 - Cabinet
Effective from: 09/04/2013