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People in Easingwold Asked for Views on Development Charges


6:39am 23rd January 2014

Hambleton residents are being invited to have their say on updated proposals to charge a levy on new developments to deliver necessary infrastructure.

Hambleton District Council has launched a consultation on its Draft Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy and is seeking views prior to its submission for approval later this year. 

An initial consultation was held last year on preliminary proposals for the levy.  These have now been updated following responses received and changes in Government requirements.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by Government in 2010.  It is a levy that local planning authorities can charge on new developments in their area.  The money raised can be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the Council and local community have identified, such as new or safer road schemes, park improvements or a health centre.

The intention of the levy is to make the process of acquiring financial contributions for larger scale strategic infrastructure needs from developers simpler and speedier with a single, standard charge per square metre. 

Once in place, the levy will help to deliver the strategic infrastructure needed to support the required development set out in the Council’s adopted development plan.  There will also be a proportion of the contributions made which will be passed directly to local communities where development occurs.  This will be used to deliver locally important infrastructure projects which have been identified by those communities.

 “It is important that we continue this process of consultation and receive comments on this draft schedule from local developers and the community,” said Councillor Brian Phillips, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing.

“We need to make sure that the charges we have proposed strike an appropriate balance between getting the required development delivered and providing the strategic and local infrastructure necessary to serve it.”

Comments received from this consultation will be taken into account at an independent public examination in the Summer.  The Council hopes to adopt the CIL Charging Schedule before the end of the year.

Consultation on the CIL Draft Charging Schedule runs until 4pm on Friday March 7,  2014.  More information can be found via the Council’s website at: www.hambleton.gov.uk/cil or by contacting Andrew McCormack on 01609 767055 or by email: andrew.mccormack@hambleton.gov.uk 

Comments should be submitted by post to:  CIL DCS - Planning Policy, Hambleton District Council, Stone Cross, Northallerton DL6 2UU or by email to: cil@hambleton.gov.uk

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