Key planning charging schedule reaches next stage

A charge on new development for Poole has been submitted to the Planning Inspector for Examination in Public. This proposed charge is set to replace an existing charge that has been in operation in Poole since 2013.

The draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule, sets out the level of fees to be charged on all new developments in Poole.

CIL is a locally set planning charge on development to help pay for Poole’s infrastructure such as education, transport, health and community facilities and plays a key role in delivering sustainable growth in the borough.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “The Council’s first CIL Charging Schedule was adopted in 2013 and since then there have been changes in market conditions and the level of growth required for Poole in the future. We carried out a public consultation last year and the feedback has helped shape the charging schedule. We are now at the stage where the draft charging schedule can be submitted for independent inspection.”

The proposed CIL charge is:

•   Zone A: £200 per sqm (for the North Poole, Lilliput / Branksome Park, Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs)
•   Zone B (i): £60 per sqm (Poole town centre – excluding the Twin Sails Regeneration Area)
•   Zone B (ii): £0 for the Twin Sails Regeneration Area
•   Zone C: £100 per sqm across Central Poole
•   £200 per sqm for retail development outside of centres and neighbourhood parades
•   £100 per sqm for retirement / assisted living housing in the Zone A area only
•   All other development, the proposed rate is £0 per sqm

Unless otherwise stated, the above charges relate to new residential developments, subject to certain criteria.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, said: "CIL provides welcome certainty to the development industry in these challenging times as well as ensuring that development can make appropriate provision towards mitigating its impact on the Borough’s infrastructure. The finance raised from CIL will be used to deliver a range of critically important infrastructure projects that will help ensure growth can be accommodated sustainably and contribute to securing the long term future of the town."

It is anticipated that the Planning Inspector will arrange for an Examination in Public to be held in Autumn 2018. If the Planning Inspector subsequently recommends significant changes to the charging schedule then a further public consultation will be held. It is envisaged that the CIL Charging Schedule could be adopted towards the end of the year.

Read more about the CIL Charging Schedule

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