Along with many local authorities across the country, a number of councils in Hampshire have taken the decision to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The CIL regulations enable authorities to raise funding for new infrastructure by levying a charge on new development within their area. CIL is seen as fairer, faster and more certain and transparent then the current system of planning obligations, which can cause delay through lengthy negotiations.
CIL will be an important tool for the local authorities for funding and delivering critical infrastructure underpinning their Local Plans. The CIL charge may be levied on different land uses (for example, residential, retail, commercial and so on) and will be charged per square metre of new development (a new building or an extension) over 100 square metres of gross internal floor space, or if it involves the creation of additional dwellings.
Hampshire County Council is working with local authorities to help ensure the infrastructure funding opportunities associated with CIL are maximised. In terms of developer contributions, CIL will not replace section 106 agreements, which are used to secure financial contributions to address the direct impacts of development. CIL has been developed to address the broader impacts of development. There should be no circumstances where a developer is paying CIL and S106 for the same infrastructure. See the links about the CIL charges in each local authority area below.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in each Hampshire local authority area