New developer levy set for public consultation

Plans are being formulated to introduce new charges on housing developments in
West Oxfordshire.

The District Council wants to introduce a series of charges under the Community
Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and is set to launch a six-week consultation to gauge views
on the initiative.

The CIL is a charge that may be levied on most forms of development to help fund
the infrastructure to support the future growth of an area.

Proposed charges vary between £100 per square metre for developments of 11
properties or more in low value areas to £300 per square metre for developments of
10 dwellings and under on high value sites.

Non-residential sites including offices, hotels and restaurants will not incur a CIL
charge although supermarkets will have a £100 per square metre levy.

Other considerations such as zero carbon developments may result in lower or no
charges to meet the Council’s commitment to combating climate change.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “Significant housing
development is ongoing in West Oxfordshire and is set to carry on to meet
continuing demand.

“As a result, it is vital that there is enough infrastructure to support new and growing
communities and we believe the CIL is a sensible way of achieving that.”

The draft CIL charging schedule for the purpose of public consultation will go before
Cabinet on Wednesday 12 February.

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
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Witney
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