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Community Infrastructure Levy: Have your say

The Greater Norwich Development Partnership has announced the launch of the Community Infrastructure Levy Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation. The consultation opens on Monday 3 October 2011 and comments are invited over a six-week period until Monday 14 November 2011.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities in England and Wales can charge on new developments in their area. The system is very simple. It applies to most new buildings and charges are fixed based on the size, type and location of the new development. The money will be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want – for example, new or safer road schemes, public transport and walking and cycling schemes, park improvements or a community hall. The Government will expect neighbourhoods where CIL money is raised to receive a ‘meaningful proportion’ of this revenue to spend on infrastructure projects locally.

The three councils of Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk have chosen to work together as the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) and adopt a co-ordinated approach to the implementation of CIL. However, in order to comply with the regulations, three separate Preliminary Draft Charging Schedules have been prepared. These are almost identical and they share the same evidence base with the only difference in the schedules relating to the geographical charging zones.

Copies of the consultation documents are available for inspection at the offices of each of the GNDP councils, and libraries in the three districts. They are also available on the GNDP’s website at www.gndp.org.uk.

Leader of Broadland District Council, Cllr Andrew Proctor said:

Development is about building homes, not just houses, and places where people can work in the future. We want to ensure that development is managed and is supported by the infrastructure to make it sustainable. The Community Infrastructure Levy provides one vital source of funding to deliver that and ensure that communities have the facilities they need to thrive and prosper.