The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced in April 2010. Its aim was to provide a faster, fairer and more transparent way of collecting contributions from developers for infrastructure than individually negotiated section 106 agreements. However, it has been plagued with problems, resulting in five sets of amending regulations. Has the time come to reform the system?
With reform in mind, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued a questionnaire, with a view to assessing the extent to which CIL provides an effective mechanism for funding infrastructure, and to recommend changes that would improve its operation and also support the government's plans for housing growth.
The questions cover a wide range of issues, including viability, charging schedules, neighbourhood issues, whether the CIL regulations and guidance are easy to use and understand, and whether there is a better way of funding infrastructure.
The wholesale review of the entire CIL system would indicate that change, in some form, is on the horizon.
Responses are requested by 24 December 2015, but will be accepted until 15 January 2016.
Contributor: Alexandra Holsgrove Jones