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Community Infrastructure Levy examination

Proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges must be set out in a document called a charging schedule.

In early 2023, the Council’s Executive agreed that fresh viability evidence should be commissioned to inform a new draft CIL charging schedule (and also to help inform the emerging Local Plan 2041).

We have therefore appointed consultants Dixon Searle Partnership with a view to further consultation on a new draft CIL charging schedule. We expect this consultation to begin in late February 2024.

Further information will be published here in due course.  

By way of background, we have previously produced draft CIL charging schedules in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020 however these have not been through examination and have therefore not been formally adopted.

Details of these previous draft schedules are set out below for background information only and have no formal status. 

Consultation on draft charging schedule 2020

A previous consultation on a draft CIL charging schedule took place for a six week period from 10 July to 21 August 2020.

The draft CIL charging schedule is available to download below along with supporting viability evidence, an infrastructure funding gap analysis demonstrating the overall need for CIL and an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which supports the Local Plan 2031.

Just over 170 representations were received in response to the consultation and these are available to download.

Revised CIL draft charging schedule in 2017

The Council’s original draft charging schedule was revised to take account of previous consultation responses, the CIL examiner’s initial findings, updated evidence and national policy. The revised draft charging schedule was the subject of a six week period of public consultation from 27 January 2017 until 10 March 2017.

The revised draft CIL charging schedule and a tracked changes version to illustrate the changes are available to download..

Documents made available as part of the consultation

Examination of charging schedule and suspension of examination 2015

The charging schedule was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination on 10 September 2015, together with a schedule of proposed minor modifications which were the subject of consultation from 16 September until 16 October 2015.

A copy of the letter confirming this submission is available to download together with the three responses received to the proposed minor modifications consultation.

Planning Inspector Mr Simon Emerson BSc, DipTP, MRTPI was the appointed CIL examiner.

The Examiner raised some initial concerns about the application of CIL charges for commercial development in different parts of the District. To address these concerns, the Council consulted on the introduction of settlement boundaries for the purposes of CIL to provide greater clarity as to where different CIL charges will apply.

The consultation ran from 20 November until 18 December 2015. 

Suspension of examination

There was some discussion of a number of CIL matters alongside the Local Plan examination session held on Thursday 26 November 2015. In light of the suspension of the Local Plan examination, the CIL examination was suspended until January 2016 alongside the Local Plan. The Council is aiming to resume the CIL examination in Spring 2017 following consultation on the revised draft charging schedule. A copy of the letter from the CIL examiner confirming the suspension of the examination is available to download.

Schedule of submission documents

All documents associated with the initial CIL examination in 2015 have been assigned a reference number and are available to download.

In addition we submitted copies of the draft charging schedule consultation responses to the examiner. 


Consultation on draft charging schedule 2014

As the first step to introducing CIL into West Oxfordshire, we consulted on a preliminary draft charging schedule from December 2013 to February 2014.