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CIL review in progress

A consultation into the Community Infrastructure (CIL) is taking place and responses are being gathered by a new group set up to look at it. Liz Peace, former British Property Federation (BPF) chair is leading the review.

BPF  has suggested that there should be 4 key areas of reform:

  • Regular reviews of process
  • Changes to process for strategic sites and complex sites.  CIL is too generic and a more site specific approach must be taken
  • Clarity on relationship between CIL and s106 contributions
  • Integration of CIL with local plans.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the BPF said:

  • Many of our members cite CIL as one of the biggest bugbears of the planning system, and there are plenty of local authorities who would agree. While some would like to see it abolished altogether, we believe that with the right changes, CIL could be a useful tool for ensuring infrastructure delivery on development sites. The creation of this group is a step in the right direction, but it must not stop here. It is crucial that government should take any recommendations on board and work with both public and private sectors to ensure that the regime really works in the future.

The Government is viewing the review as needed to ensure that CIL funding is going to local communities to make sure that the proposed development can benefit whole areas.

Consultation responses will be accepted until 15 January, 2016.

Download the questionnaire here.

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