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People in Easingwold and Thirsk Urged to Have Say on Developers' Charge Plans


8:00am 20th January 2013

Local people are being urged to have their say on plans to raise a charge on new developments to fund vital infrastructure – roads, health centres or parks.

Hambleton District Council this week launches consultation on its draft charging proposals for the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’. 

The levy (CIL) was introduced by central Government in 2010 – it allows local planning authorities to raise a charge on new developments to support infrastructure identified by the local council and community – including for new or safer road schemes, park improvements or a health centre.

“Developers, businesses, organisations and communities are being asked to let us have their views on our proposals,” said Councillor Mark Robson, Portfolio Holder for Planning.

“These views will help us make sure the charges we set strike an appropriate balance between getting the required development delivered and providing the strategic and local infrastructure necessary to serve it.”

The levy will 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 – and therefore offering greater certainty for developers.  Once in place, it will help to deliver the strategic infrastructure needed to support the required development set out in the Council’s adopted development plan. 

A proportion of the contributions will also be passed directly to local communities where development occurs – it can be used to deliver locally important infrastructure projects they have identified.

Comments received from this consultation will help inform the second draft schedule which will be published for further formal consultation this spring before being submitted for independent public examination.  The Council hopes to adopt the CIL Charging Schedule before the end of the year.

Consultation on the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule runs until 4pm on Friday March 1.  More information can be found at: www.hambleton.gov.uk/cil or contact Andrew McCormack on 01609 767055 or andrew.mccormack@hambleton.gov.uk

Comments can be submitted to: CIL PDCS, Planning Policy, Hambleton District Council, Stone Cross, Northallerton DL6 2UU or to: cil@hambleton.gov.uk

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