The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) yesterday (13 May 2020) published some guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak for local authorities, setting out how they may assist in easing the burden on developers to pay, where applicable, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
MHCLG has set out its intention to amend the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) (the Regulations) to enable charging authorities to:
These proposed amendments to the Regulations have not yet come into force, and are only intended to take effect temporarily until the economy has recovered. In the meantime, charging authorities are being encouraged by MHCLG to:
The guidance from MHCLG also encourages local authorities to take a ‘pragmatic and proportionate’ approach to the enforcement of section 106 planning oblations at this time in order to prevent sites from stalling.
The proposed amendment to the Regulations and guidance for collecting authorities and local authorities is intended by MHCLG to form part of a wider package of financial measures introduced as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak in order to support businesses and, in this case, specifically small and medium-size developers.
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Contributor: Kate James
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