Leeds City Council appoints GVA to advise on the Community Infrastructure Levy and the Viability of the Leeds Core Strategy

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Leeds City Council is preparing for the introduction of its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Leeds. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a new tariff that the Council can charge when new developments are built across the District.  Development of the CIL is a key opportunity to support growth in Leeds. 

The money raised will fund strategic and local infrastructure, including a proportion to go to projects that directly benefit those communities where the growth is located. The overall benefits compared to the current system of planning obligations are that the CIL will be certain, predictable, and transparent. 

In setting a CIL rate the Council needs to strike a balance between the need to fund enough infrastructure, and the potential effects of the levy upon the economic viability of development across the District. 

In order to support and inform an appropriate charge the Council has commissioned GVA to undertake an Economic Viability Study.  This will assess the potential impact of a range of CIL rates and recommend how CIL charges could be set in a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule.  As part of this commission GVA will consider whether separate charges can be applied in different parts of the City, and for different types of development including housing, offices, industrial, and retail. 

The study will also take into consideration and assess the combined impacts associated with the Council's existing and emerging local planning policy.

The Council will use the GVA Report plus other evidence sources to prepare its Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, which will set the proposed CIL rates across the District.  This is planned for formal consultation in early 2013.  There will be a further round of consultation (the Draft Charging Schedule) followed by a Public Examination, with the aim being to adopt the Leeds CIL by April 2014.

Further information on how people and businesses can input at the various stages of consultation will be released by the Council in due course.  

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