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Comments invited: Community Infrastructure Levy & Developer Conts. consultation

on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 4:21pm

Your comments are invited on two planning consultations:

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule
  • Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

If you have an interest in how the Vale of White Horse District Council can secure funding towards the provision of local facilities and infrastructure needed to support growth in the district, these planning consultations might be of interest to you.

Vale of White Horse District Council is conducting a review of its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule. The Charging Schedule sets out rates that developers will be required to pay towards the delivery of infrastructure to support planned growth in the district. The money developers pay is used to fund a wide range of infrastructure such as transport schemes, schools, community facilities, health and social care facilities, parks, green spaces and leisure facilities.

As part of the review process, the council has published a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule for public consultation. The review of the Charging Schedule is necessary as we have adopted Part 2 of the Vale Local Plan 2031. The Plan includes new site allocations and additional infrastructure requirements and there have also been changes to the CIL Regulations.

Alongside this review, the council has reviewed and updated its Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This SPD is used to seek developer contributions through Section 106 Agreements from new development to fund infrastructure alongside CIL. We have published a revised draft of the SPD for public consultation.
Your comments are invited on both draft documents during the two four-week public consultations running simultaneously from 11 January until midnight on 8 February 2021.

You can also read and make comments on the following documents, which underpinned our CIL review and provided the evidence to support the proposed new CIL rates, as set out in the Draft Charging Schedule:

  • CIL Viability Assessment, April 2019
  • CIL Viability Assessment Addendum, August 2020
  • CIL Viability Assessment Executive Summary, October 2020
  • Infrastructure Funding Gap Statement, January 2021

How to view the consultation documents and take part

All documents available for comment for both consultations can be viewed and accessed electronically via the respective consultation pages on our website:

Hard copies of the consultation documents have been placed at the district council offices on Milton Park, however unfortunately the offices are currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to view hard copies, please contact us on 01235 422600 or email [email protected] so we can discuss options with you.

How to take part in the consultations

To give your views on the two planning consultations and any of the associated documents we encourage you to use the online comment forms, via these links (you will be able to save a copy of your response):

CIL Draft Charging Schedule

Draft Developer Contributions SPD

If you would like to forward notification of these consultations to any interested parties, please refer them to our websites above.

Responses can also be made:

  •     Via email, completing one or both comment forms (available on the respective consultation pages of our website – links above) and emailing to [email protected] (with ‘Vale CIL Consultation’ or ‘Vale SPD Consultation’ in subject line);
  •     Or via post, by completing one or both paper comment forms (available from our website or by calling 01235 422600) and posting to: ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed).

If you have any questions or would like further information on how to submit comments, or if you know anyone you think would be interested in the consultations who does not have access to the internet or is self-isolating, please contact us on 01235 422600 or email [email protected]

If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format (for example: large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read or alternative languages) please email [email protected] or call 01235 422425.

We look forward to hearing your views.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Duffield
Head of Planning
Vale of White Horse District Council