Community Infrastructure Levy

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are carrying out building projects in their area. CIL can be charged on most new developments on a pound (£) per square metre basis and can be used for improvements to local infrastructure such as roads, schools and open spaces.

CIL charges are set out in a document called a 'charging schedule'. We consulted on a revised charging schedule from January to March 2017 but this is yet to be subject to independent examination which has to take place before it can be adopted.

CIL examination

There was some discussion of CIL as part of the Local Plan examination hearing sessions held in November 2015 however the examination was suspended in January 2016. Since then the Council has consulted on a revised CIL charging schedule (see below) but this has not been submitted for independent examination as the Council’s resources have been focused on progressing the new Local Plan.

The Council is hoping to submit its CIL charging schedule for examination in 2018 but at present there is no set date for doing so and it may be that further updating of the supporting viability evidence is necessary. As soon as a decision on way forward is made including timescales, we will update this web page and notify interested parties.  

Revised CIL draft charging schedule

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 6-week period of public consultation from 27 January 2017 until 10 March 2017.

The revised draft CIL charging schedule is available to download below.

Also available is a tracked change version to illustrate the proposed changes more clearly.

A number of other supporting documents were made available as part of the consultation. These can be downloaded via the links below.

2014: consultation on draft charging schedule

As the first step to introducing CIL into West Oxfordshire, we consulted on a preliminary draft charging schedule (PDCS) from December 2013 – February 2014. For further information, and to view the consultation documents and responses, follow the link below:

2015: examination of charging schedule and suspension of examination

Examination of CIL charging schedule (November 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 below 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 below.

Document library and 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 from the document library below.

The schedule includes the examiner's preliminary questions, requests for statements of common ground and the Council's responses to these issues:

In addition to the documents listed in the schedule above, the Council submitted copies of the draft charging schedule consultation responses to the examiner. These can be viewed following the link below:

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