What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by government in April 2010. It allows councils to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in Barnsley and to pool the money together. This money is then used to pay for a wide range of infrastructure that is needed across the borough as a result of all new development.
Infrastructure includes services and amenities such as new road schemes, parks and green spaces, schools and healthcare centres.
The CIL does not replace the current Section 106 system. Any Section 106 conditions that apply to an area or a development will still be in place, as this money is used to specifically fund smaller impacts caused by development. Examples of Section 106 conditions include access roads to housing estates, small areas of open space and play parks. You can read more about Section 106 here.
You can find out more about the CIL and whether a development is liable for it in the local government planning portal.
Community Infrastructure Levy charges
Having an agreed CIL rate means that developers can see 'up front' how much they'll need to contribute to infrastructure and it helps to speed up the planning process. The charges can vary by area.
The amount of CIL charged is based on the total internal floor space of a new development and it also takes into account inflation, to allow for changes in building costs over time.
The CIL map details the rates we're proposing for different areas of the borough. You can use it to search by postcode for the proposed charges for your area.
Community Infrastructure Levy consultation
We're in the process of producing a new Local Plan for Barnsley and as part of this are proposing to adopt the CIL. We will set our local CIL rates through consultation with Barnsley residents, developers and other interested parties.
We consulted on the CIL proposals in October 2016. You can read the consultation document and view the comments here.
All of the responses have been taken into consideration and the next stage of the process will be to hold a formal public consultation of the draft proposals before the new CIL is formally adopted.
More information about the background to the CIL proposals and the suggested changes are in the documents below:
- Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule Consultation Summary
- CIL Draft Charging Schedule
- CIL Guidance Document & Supporting Policies
- CIL Rate Calculation Methodology
- S106 Collection Rates
- Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan
- Statement of Representation
- Barnsley CIL Report 2012
- Barnsley CIL Viability Update 2015