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Community Infrastructure Levy (Ex S106) Thoughts Wanted By Council

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The Council is proposing to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in Oldham. The CIL is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. This legislation came into effect in 2010 (The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, as amended). The monies can be used to support development by funding infrastructure needed by local communities and neighbourhoods.

How much money from it will go on infrastructure? Will that mean just the roads that join up to them?

CIL will largely replace the existing system used for planning contributions under Section 106. CIL gives developers certainty up front and captures small sites. CIL was introduced to be ‘fairer, faster and more transparent’.

The council is consulting on the first stage of the CIL on a document called the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy - Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule’. The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) sets out the rates in pounds per square metre on new additional floor space, as appropriate. The PDCS also identifies geographical zones where charges for residential development differ across the borough.

The PDCS has been informed by a piece of evidence called the ‘Oldham Economic Viability Study’. The Viability Study analysed different development types in Oldham to assess whether a CIL charge could be applied. The Viability Study has been published for inspection as part of the CIL evidence base.

The CIL PDCS is also supported by Oldham’s Local Plan (the ‘Joint Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document’) adopted in November 2011. This is available on the council website at www.oldham.gov.uk.

The council is also preparing evidence called the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The IDP identifies the infrastructure needed to support planned growth and a substantial funding gap. The IDP will be available at the next stage of public consultation on the ‘Draft Charging Schedule’.

We would like your views on the PDCS and the Viability Study. To help you consider the PDCS the following questions may be useful:

Do you agree that the assumptions and methodology in the Oldham Economic
Viability Study are robust? If not what alternative assumptions and methodology
do you suggest?
Do you agree that the rates proposed are appropriate and will not put the bulk of
planned development at risk?
Do you agree with the proposed different rates for a) development types and B)
geographical charging zones for residential development?
Do you agree with how the geographical charging zones have been defined for
residential development? If not what alternative boundaries should be used?

Please provide evidence with your representation if you disagree with any aspects of the PDCS or the Economic Viability Study.

The consultation documents are available to view on the council’s website at www.oldham.gov.uk (please follow the links to the Local Plan pages), at public deposit points and on our Objective consultation website at http://oldham-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/oc/planning/. Online submissions are actively encouraged.

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