Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a fixed rate payment that councils can charge on new buildings in their area. This is in order to offset the impacts of additional homes and businesses on facilities such as:
- public transport infrastructure
- open spaces
- health centres (infrastructure)
CIL also enables sustainable growth.
Section 106 (S106) legal agreements will be used alongside CIL to secure onsite infrastructure and things that are not infrastructure (like affordable housing).
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils adopted CIL charging schedules on 20th and 21st January 2016 respectively.
We charge CIL on all relevant planning permissions granted and all relevant permitted developments started from 11 April 2016.
Please note that as of the 1 April 2019, pre-application advice for CIL is a charged service. You can find out more information on the pre-application pages of our website
Revised CIL charging rates Consultation - Nov 2020
Babergh and Mid Suffolk are CIL Charging Authorities. This was formally agreed in January 2016 when the CIL Charging Scheme was adopted by both Councils. The CIL charging rates were agreed following viability testing and a public examination, held by an Inspector. Charging started on 11 April 2016.
It was made clear at that time that the CIL charging rates were likely to remain unaltered for a three year period (expiring 11 April 2019).
Given the position reached, with the Councils' emerging Joint Local Plan (JLP) (Regulation 19 Consultation), it is now appropriate to formally review:
- the CIL charging rates for both Councils, in order to address rising infrastructure costs
Both Councils agreed on 10 November (Babergh) and 11 November (Mid Suffolk) to carry out a 6 week consultation period on new CIL charging rates. This consultation starts on Thursday 12 November and ends Thursday 24 December at 12pm.
For details of the consultation and how to make your views known please see below.
Notice of Public Consultation - Babergh and Mid Suffolk Proposed Revised Community Infrastructure Levy, Charging Rates under the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended)
Notice is hereby given that Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are carrying out a consultation in relation to proposed revised CIL charging rates. The consultation is being carried out under the CIL Regulations (2010). The consultation period is for a period of 6 weeks, commencing 12 November 2020 and ending 24 December 2020 at 12pm.
What are the proposed revised CIL charging rates?
CIL was brought in by the government. It allows local authorities the chance to charge a levy on all eligible chargeable development. This is to provide infrastructure to support new development taking place within Council administrative areas.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils became CIL charging authorities and implemented their CIL Charging Scheme on 11 April 2016. At that time, both Councils agreed they would not be revising their CIL charging rates until at least 11 April 2019 (a three year time period). This period expired on the 11 April 2019.
In order to meet infrastructure needs and address rising infrastructure costs, both Councils have proposed revised charges. As required by the CIL Regulations, both Councils are holding a public consultation on these proposed revised charges.
Any person, group or organisation may comment - including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and others.
Viewing the consultation
The revised CIL charging rates and associated documents can be seen below (under The proposed revisions to the charging rates).
How to comment
Comments must be made in writing by 12pm on Thursday 24 December 2020.
Comments can be made electronically, by email. Send your views to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can send your comments by post to:Babergh and Mid Suffolk District CouncilsEndeavour HouseRussell RoadIpswichSuffolkIP1 2BX
All information collected and processed by the District Councils is by virtue of our requirement under the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) . All comments received will be made publicly available and may be identifiable by name / organisation. All other personal information provided will be protected in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. For more information on how we do this and your rights with regards to your personal information, and how to access it, please visit our website or call Customer Services on 0300 123 4000 and ask to speak to the Information Governance Officer.
The proposed revisions to the charging rates
Updated Position on the Community Infrastructure Levy Income and Expenditure - July 2020
Further to Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s stated position in April 2020 regarding the impact of coronavirus on the collection and expenditure of Community Infrastructure Levy, the position has now been considered and reviewed by both Councils.
Following the lockdown measures put in place by the Government during March, construction stopped on many development sites across both Districts. The CIL deferment measures introduced by both Councils in April 2020 were welcomed and accepted by almost all of our house builders and it is hoped that this temporary relief has assisted with getting housing delivery restarted. However with Government measures now easing, it is important for both Councils to strike the right balance both for our housebuilders in economic terms but also so as to continue to collect CIL monies and deliver infrastructure for our communities as they experience growth.
The Government issued its own statement offering guidance to CIL charging Local Authorities on coronavirus and the Community Infrastructure Levy on the 13th May 2020. In summary the Government indicated it was considering amendments to the CIL Regulations 2010 through:-
- ''enabling charging Authorities to defer payments, to temporarily disapply late payment interest and to provide a discretion to return interest already charged where they consider it appropriate to do so for developers that have an annual turnover of less than £45 million.
- This may include interest that has accrued in the period between the introduction of the lockdown and the regulatory changes coming into effect.
- It is intended that these easements will not be open-ended and will be removed when the economic situation has recovered”.
Whilst no such temporary legislation has yet been enacted, both Councils have decided to await the introduction of any new temporary legislative change and ensure that any changes are responded to effectively within any timescales that are determined.
As such the Councils updated position on coronavirus and CIL is that it will return to normal arrangements for the collection of CIL with a continuation of its expenditure scheme and the original deferred payment arrangements for housebuilders (offered between April and June 2020) will not be further extended at this time.