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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 to help deliver infrastructure to support the development. Poole's CIL rates are set out in our adopted charging schedule and illustrated on the map to the right.

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CIL Zones

Consultation on the draft charging schedule

We are currently reviewing this charging schedule with the aim of replacing it by Spring 2018.

Using feedback from the consultation on the preliminary draft charging schedule in 2015 we have undertaken further viability assessment to understand what would be appropriate CIL rates to charge in the future.

We are publishing the draft charging schedule for comment from 31 July to 22 September (8 weeks).

Upon receiving the support of Full Council, we will publish the draft charging schedule for comment from 31 July to 22 September (8 weeks). 

Consultation documents

The retail charging zones are shown on the following policies maps:

The consultation is supported by the following documents:

Details of the consultation are set out in the Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documents.

Please submit your responses using the official response form. These responses will be passed to the inspector ahead of the upcoming examination.

All responses should be submitted no later than 12pm on 22 September 2017, preferably by email to planning@poole.gov.uk or by post to Poole Local Plan/CIL, Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole BH15 2RU.

We are also currently consulting upon the Poole Local Plan - Pre-Submission Draft.

Next steps

Following this public participation, we will consider if further changes need to be made to the schedule before submitting it and associated representations to an independent inspector. The inspector will hold a public examination towards the end of 2017/early 2018. We expect the examination to be resolved by Spring 2018, allowing us to adopt the charging schedule. Upon adoption, the new schedule will replace the current charging schedule.

The CIL review is running concurrently with preparation of the Poole local plan with the timescale for the remainder of the CIL review is:

  • public consultation of draft charging schedule - 31 July to 22 September 2017
  • submission of charging schedule for examination - Autumn 2017
  • examination in public - Autumn/Winter 2017
  • adoption of new charging schedule - Spring 2018.

Previous consultations

To start the review, we commissioned viability evidence in 2014 and consulted upon the preliminary draft charging schedule and new charging zones from 16 February to 31 March 2015. The responses received have informed preparation of the draft charging schedule.

Current CIL charging schedule - information for applicants

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 our 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 we can collect tariff style finance from most new development towards delivering infrastructure we need 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.

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 current 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 us.

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 floorspace 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. Our 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 we take.

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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