The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge that can be used by Local Authorities to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. When a CIL is introduced, it replaces many types of planning obligations. However, Section 106 agreements may still be used to deliver affordable housing and certain site specific infrastructure.
Cheshire West and Chester has assessed the economic viability of introducing a CIL charge in the borough, and have set out the results in a Community Infrastructure Levy Economic Viability Study. Subsequently the council produced a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) for the proposed introduction of CIL, setting out the level of CIL charge which is considered to be viable in different parts of the borough.
These proposals have been the subject of a consultation with the public. Given that how this charge is introduced could have a significant effect on the amount of money available for sustainable travel infrastructure improvements, the Chester Cycling Campaign prepared a response to the consultation. Our response supports the introduction of a CIL charge. Such a charge would be a valuable source of funding to support the development of high quality infrastructure to encourage cycling and walking in all parts of the borough as part of an overall strategy to increase the level of sustainable and low carbon travel modes for visitors and residents alike.
Click the link below to view the Campaign’s consultation submission in PDF format.