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Community Infrastructure Levy

CIL is a locally set planning charge applied as a £ per square metre rate on net additional floorspace, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. Following the Act the CIL Regulations came into force in April 2010 and have since undergone a number of amendments. Further information can be accessed from this page by clicking on the underlined live links. 

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CIL Zones

Given the complexity of CIL it is important that all applicants adhere fully with the CIL Regulations and read through the relevant national Planning Practice Guidance and the borough's own local guidance before submitting the appropriate forms for a CIL liable application. 

CIL has largely replaced the use of Section 106 provisions as the principle mechanism from which the Council can collect tariff style finance from most new development towards delivering infrastructure the borough needs to support growth. CIL is not intended to pay the cost of all infrastructure but will supplement other funding streams. A two sided leaflet has been produced to explain development contributions in Poole.

CIL Review

In 2013 we were one of the first local authorities to introduce CIL and these rates are now being reviewed. We commissioned viability work to assess the current market conditions and identify new CIL rates. Having sought your views on whether these rates are deliverable and will not unduly burden landowners and developers from bringing sites forward your comments have now been considered by Officers.

The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation proposed new charging zones and ran from 16 February to 31 March 2015. As part of the consultation 1,712 consultees from the planning consultation database were contacted as well as 1,967 recipients of the Planning and Regeneration govdelivery e-bulletin. The responses received will inform the production of the Draft Charging Schedule. The CIL Review will continue to run concurrently with the Local Plan Review with the timescale for the remainder of the CIL Review being:

  • Public Consultation of Draft Charging Schedule - Spring 2017

  • Submission of Charging Schedule for Examination - Summer 2017

  • Examination in Public - Autumn/Winter 2017

  • Adoption of new Charging Schedule - Spring 2018

 Current Charging Schedule

The various stages through to implementation of the current adopted CIL Charging Schedule are outlined below:

Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule Consultation

This consultation ran from 27 July to 9 September 2011 and the responses received informed the Draft Charging Schedule. This was accompanied by a viability study.

Draft Charging Schedule Consultation

This consultation ran from 19 December to 3 February 2012 and the responses received informed the Submission Charging Schedule. This was accompanied by a supplementary viability study.

Submission Charging Schedule

The Submission Charging Schedule was submitted to the Secretary of State on 1 March 2012 with a Public Examination heard on 13 June followed by the Examiner's Report on 31 July.

The Examiner concluded that the Council had sufficient evidence to support the schedule and showed that the levy was set at a level that will not put the overall development of the area at risk. The one modification needed for the schedule to meet the statutory requirements was to delete the CIL rate of £200 per square metre for superstores.

Adopted Charging Schedule

At the Council meeting held on 18 September 2012, we formally adopted the CIL Charging Schedule with this being implemented on 2 January 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of development require a CIL payment?

The adopted Charging Schedule applies CIL rates only on proposals that create new dwellings. All other development types are therefore set a £0 per square metre CIL rate.

What are the CIL rates and how is CIL calculated?

The Charging Schedule sets three different rates on new dwelling development in Poole depending on which part of the borough the development is in. The rates are:

  • Charging Zone A - £150 per square metre
  • Charging Zone B - £100 per square metre
  • Charging Zone C - £75 per square metre

A map of the current CIL charging zones is available by clicking on the image at the top of the page. Having looked at the map if you are still unsure as to the charging zone in which your site is located then please contact the Council. 

Please note that all Liability Notices will be adjusted in accordance with the national All-in tender Price Index for the given year. A further explanation of the CIL calculation process, including what floorpsace should and should not be included, can be found on pages 6-13 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

When do I pay CIL?

CIL is payable upon commencement of development. Any CIL payment up to £75,000 can be paid in two instalments with full payment due 360 days from commencement of development, and any CIL payments greater than £75,000 can be paid in four instalments with full payment due 720 days from commencement of development. This is laid out in further detail in the adopted Instalment Policy.

What forms do I need to submit and when?

The CIL Regulations set out a clear statutory process for the collection of CIL that both applicants and the Council must follow. This process requires the submission of a number of standard forms by the applicant and the issue by Borough of Poole of a number of statutory notices. For an overview of each form and when it should be submitted please see pages 13-15 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

The Planning Portal have created a CIL webpage that includes an in depth explanation of CIL together with the relevant CIL administration forms and guidance notes and it is recommended that applicants refer to this page prior to making a planning application for development. The Planning Portal forms required to administer CIL can be found here.

The Planning Application Additional Information Requirement form can be downloaded from the same page under the heading 'Additional information required when making a planning application'.

What if I think the CIL charge for my development is incorrect?

Please contact us at planning@poole.gov.uk with 'CIL Review' followed by your planning application number in the subject box to discuss this with us. To find out how to formally appeal against your CIL charge please see page 20 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

What if I don't pay or don't follow the correct steps?

Where the Council’s CIL payment procedure is not followed there are a number of provisions that enable the application of surcharges and ensure the effective enforcement to recover CIL monies once there is a delay within the collection process. The borough's Enforcement Procedures Guidance Note provides an easy to read summary of Part 9 Enforcement of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) identifying the penalties and enforcement powers that will be taken by the Council. 

Can I claim relief or exemption from paying CIL?

CIL will in most cases be a fixed non-negotiable charge on development. However, different forms of relief and exemptions are available to give relief from paying CIL. Further information regarding these can be found on the Planning Practice Guidance website and pages 17-19 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants. It is important to complete the correct forms when applying for relief or exemption and be fully aware of any disqualifying events that will require the full CIL to be paid.

What does my CIL payment get spent on?

The infrastructure projects that are to be funded through CIL, either in whole or in part, are identified on an approved Regulation 123 list. To ensure that the levy is open and transparent the annual breakdown of CIL spending can be found in the latest CIL Monitoring Report.

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