Community infrastructure levy (CIL) Approval

Infrastructure Funding Statement

Following changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations in 2019, from December 2020 the Council is required to prepare an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement for the previous financial year. This should be published on the website by 31st December each year. The report should set out details of developer contributions secured through planning applications, including from the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 legal agreements. The Statement should also set out details of future spending priorities, to replace the Regulation 123 Infrastructure List.

The Wakefield Infrastructure Statement 2022/2023 was approved by Cabinet on 7 November 2023.

Spending and reporting arrangements

The broad arrangements for spending the Community Infrastructure Levy were agreed by Council on 13 July 2016. At this time, the Council agreed to spend 25% of funds in areas where the money is raised from new development. Where there is a Town or Parish Council the funds will be passed directly to that council, who will be responsible for reporting on their annual spending. If there is no Town or Parish Council the money will be retained by Wakefield Council and spent in consultation with the local community.

On 4 October 2017 Council agreed that elected Ward Members would be responsible for consulting local communities on spending priorities for the neighbourhood fund, where there is no Town or Parish Council in Place. Spending decisions on these funds will be approved by the Leader and Deputy Leader. The detailed spending arrangements for the neighbourhood fund can be found on the Community webpage in the Neighbourhood Spending Guidance.

The Council will prioritise spending of the strategic fund on infrastructure to support growth, prosperity, new jobs, education skills, and housing.

Previous annual reports


In response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Council has decided to review its instalment policy for CIL. The Council recognises the pandemic's significant economic impact, and the disruption of activity across the construction sector. It is considered appropriate to amend the instalment policy to extend the period of time before instalments become due. As the policy has been reviewed in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Council will keep instalments under review. This includes possible further changes in response to the pandemic, and/or reviewing the policy once the situation improves.

Council approval

The community infrastructure levy charging schedule along with the associated policies was approved by Council on 20 January 2016, and the charges will be implemented from 1 April 2016 to new applications submitted from this date, together with any pending applications which have not yet been determined by 1 April.

The following documents are relevant to the approved Charging schedule:-

Please refer to the section 'Previous stages of CIL' below for information about the preparation and examination of the Levy.

If you would like to contact an officer in relation to the rate setting process please direct your enquiry to the Spatial Policy Group using the details below.


The CIL is a levy which the Council may charge developers or landowners when they build new developments. CIL is charged per square metre on new development. The charges for Wakefield would apply to residential, retail warehouses and large supermarkets.

The residential charge depends on the location of development in the district and supermarket charges relate to the size of development. Exemptions from the CIL charge are set out in the Wakefield Charging Schedule.

The money raised will help pay for the infrastructure needed across Wakefield as a result of growth, such as schools, parks and open spaces, and larger scale transport improvements.

Without the charge there would be a greater gap in the funding required to deliver this essential infrastructure. Neighbourhoods will receive part of the charge from development in their areas.

Previous stages of CIL


The Draft Charging Schedule was submitted for Examination on 9 July 2015 as required by Regulation 19 of the CIL Regulations (2010, as amended) and relevant documents as required by Regulation 19 (1).

Wakefield Council appointed Mike Hayden, BSc, DipTP, MRTPI, from the Planning Inspectorate, as the independent Examiner to conduct the Examination. The Examination Hearing took place on 6 October 2015.

Hearing and post-hearing documents

Under section 7 of the core document list hearing and post hearing documents can be found. CD701 includes the retail warehouse worked example and land value commentary. The response from the parties is CD 702.

The council’s response to the Examiner’s Matters can be found under document reference CD514 and responses from the parties under Section 6.

The Core Document List has been updated and will continue to be updated with details of documents provided to the Examiner.

The following has been received from the Examiner:

The Examiners Initial Questions (ref 401 and ref 401.1) have been received by the Council and the following documents have been provided in response.

Draft Charging Schedule Modification and Submission consultation

Comments in full can be viewed through the consultation portal Draft Charging Schedule (ref 106)

Consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule Statement of Modifications (ref 102) and notice of submission for Examination took place from 9 July until 5 August 2015.

The modifications can be viewed in the updated Draft Charging Schedule submission version (ref 101).

Draft Regulation 123 list (July 2015 version) (ref 103) was updated to reflect the minor modifications made.

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan Evidence update (IDPE) (July 2015) (ref 104) was amended following comments received from the consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule in February / March 2015 and the funding gap clarified.

Background and evidence documents used to set the proposed rates are also available:

Draft Charging Schedule:

Preliminary Draft Charging stage:

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