Position statement to be provided by the Planning and Building Control Manager on the Community Infrastructure Levy, in order that the Panel can make a decision on whether or not to proceed with a Task Group.
Following a request at the last meeting of the Policy Development Panel, the Planning and Building Control Manager was in attendance to provide information on the Community Infrastructure Levy.
The Planning and Building Control Manager that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was a levy that local authorities could choose to charge, relating to new developments. The CIL option had been considered by the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, whilst considering the Local Plan, but the option had been rejected in favour of S106 agreements. He stated that the Committee’s position with regard to the CIL was evidence-based, and that constitutionally it was their decision to make.
Members considered the information provided and the following issues were raised:
· Members asked how they, and Parish Councils, could feed into the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) with regard to their communities’ own priorities, and how a consensus would be reached if there was a difference of opinion?
o When considering the Supplementary Planning Document, the Joint Strategic Planning Committee would use the opportunity to engage with members, Parish Councils, infrastructure providers and the public to identify what their priorities were. Until such time as the SPD was adopted, applications would continue to be dealt with on a case by case basis. If there was a policy in place (the Supplementary Planning Document), officers would have a stronger base from which to negotiate.
· Members commented that smaller villages were suffering from not having a CIL in place.
o The Planning and Building Control Manager stated that this was a fair point, as those villages that did have much planned development in their area would be less likely to benefit from planning gain. These areas would have an opportunity to make their case when applications came forward. CIL could possibly be of benefit to smaller villages, but this depended on priorities and overall levels of money secured. As mentioned before, there would be an opportunity, while considering the Supplementary Planning Document for priorities to be identified, and it was important that to engage with parishes throughout the process.
The Vice-Chairman stated that it would be useful to set up a Task Group, but that at present, it would be difficult to set a clear scope for it. He was of the view that there were two options for the Task Group to consider – whether CIL or SPD was a preferred option. The Task Group should also look at the arrangements with regard to funds being more available for villages.
Members also commented that with regard to CIL, that there were a number of different issues to be looked at and consideration should perhaps be given to liaising with authorities that had taken CIL forward and reporting this information back.
a) That the update provided by the Planning and Building Control Manager be noted.
b) That a Task Group be set up to consider the facts on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), with a view to reporting on a preference; that the Task Group start its work, and membership be agreed, at an appropriate time in the future; and that a scope be set at the first meeting of the Task Group.