A six-week public consultation on the East Riding Community Infrastructure Levy – Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule will started on Tuesday, 29 March and will run until Tuesday, 10 May.
This is the first stage in introducing a CIL in the East Riding. CIL allows funds to be raised from land owners/developers, undertaking new building projects in the area, paying for infrastructure improvements.
The schedule sets out draft charges ranging from £100 per square metre (sqm) of building floorspace around Beverley and Haltemprice, right down to no proposed Community Infrastructure Levy charge in parts of the Driffield, Bridlington, Goole and Holderness areas for new residential developments. This reflects the very different market conditions which exist across East Riding.
A charge of £75 per sqm for retail warehouse development is also proposed with no charges proposed for other uses. In proposing these charges, the council has had to strike an appropriate balance between the desirability of funding infrastructure from Community Infrastructure Levy and the potential impact of the charge upon the economic viability of new development across the East Riding. It is anticipated that around £1.4 million per year could be raised from the charge, with a further amount to be passed on to parish and town councils to fund more local infrastructure priorities.
Community Infrastructure Levy could be spent on schools
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Community Infrastructure Levy money can be spent on, for example, primary and secondary school extensions and building improvements, flood and coastal defences, drainage improvements, green open spaces, highway junction improvements, improved frequency of bus services along congested highway corridors and the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina Project in Bridlington.
“Making effective use of the money that can be generated through new development will be vital in ensuring that essential infrastructure is provided. This is an important opportunity for local people and developers to let us know their views on the proposed charges.”
Feedback from this consultation exercise will inform the preparation of a further draft version of the Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule. Before the council can adopt the charges, a further round of consultation will be undertaken and this will be followed by an examination in public to test whether it is appropriate for the area. It is anticipated the charge could be adopted by the middle of next year.
Copies of the consultation documents are available to view at main libraries, customer service centres and online at www.eastriding.gov.uk
A ‘drop-in’ session has also been arranged to take place on Thursday, 21 April, from 2-7pm at The Treasure House, in Champney Road, Beverley. This provides the opportunity for the public and any interested parties to talk to a planning officer about the council’s CIL proposals.