Councillors to be asked to agree consultation about Community Infrastructure Levy

Date: 16/12/2014

Senior councillors are to be asked to approve a further public consultation about introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which could pave the way for extra money to pay for roads, parks and playgrounds in the district.

Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet will be asked at a meeting onTuesday December 23, to consider the next steps towards changing the system in which new infrastructure is funded with the support of developers.

Under the current system, developers negotiate a payment with the Council, which helps to pay for changes in the infrastructure of the area, such as new roads, parks or playgrounds. Under CIL set charge rates would apply to residential and retail developments.

Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "To bring in these changes we would need to consult residents and business people to gather their opinions about this potential new system of generating income for the district."

 A report to councillors suggests that bringing in CIL would help the Council to be in the strongest position to secure additional income from new development, and to support infrastructure in the district.

This is the second stage of the process, as in the summer the public were asked to comment on a draft plan for the new charging system.

 If CIL were to be introduced there would be exemptions for charities, social housing providers, self-build housing projects and residential extensions.