Anita Rivera comments on the potential changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as revealed in the Autumn Budget.
The Autumn Budget revealed some insight into potential changes to CIL. The removal of restrictions on pooling of s106 contributions may make sense 'where the authority is in a low viability area or where significant development is planned on several large strategic sites' however it cannot and should not lead to 'double dipping' which results in a development proposal being subject to both CIL and section 106 payments. The absence of carefully structured parameters to prevent this will merely serve to erode the confidence of developers. This, combined with the government's intention to enable charging authorities to 'set rates which better reflect the uplift in land values between a proposed and existing use' means ever increasing debates about how to carry out and objectively assess financial viability appraisals and, most importantly, results in an ever tighter squeeze on funds available to provide affordable housing as any planning gain 'uplift' will be further caught by CIL.
Head of Planning, Anita Rivera is quoted in Planning magazine. For the full article see here (subscription required).