Community Infrastructure Levy

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are carrying out building projects in their area. CIL can be charged on most new developments on a pound (£) per square metre basis and can be used for improvements to local infrastructure such as roads, schools and open spaces.

CIL charges are set out in a document called a 'charging schedule'. We previously consulted on a potential CIL charging schedule in 2014 and again in 2017 but then paused the process as priority was given to the examination and adoption of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan in September 2018.

Current position and proposed way forward

Our viability evidence is being updated by independent consultants to help decide the CIL rates for West Oxfordshire. We aim to report to Members in January 2020 to agree a way forward including the potential need for further consultation on a new CIL charging schedule.

If further consultation is needed, we plan to do this in January/February 2020 and then submit the charging schedule for examination in March 2020 so it can be adopted in early summer. This webpage will be updated with further information about the process as we progress towards examination over the next few months. 

For information, the previous CIL consultation undertaken so far is summarised below.

Revised CIL draft charging schedule in 2017

The Council’s original draft charging schedule was revised to take account of previous consultation responses, the CIL examiner’s initial findings, updated evidence and national policy. The revised draft charging schedule was the subject of a 6-week period of public consultation from 27 January 2017 until 10 March 2017.

The revised draft CIL charging schedule is available to download below.

Also available is a tracked change version to illustrate the proposed changes more clearly.

A number of other supporting documents were made available as part of the consultation. These can be downloaded via the links below.

2014: consultation on draft charging schedule

As the first step to introducing CIL into West Oxfordshire, we consulted on a preliminary draft charging schedule (PDCS) from December 2013 – February 2014. For further information, and to view the consultation documents and responses, follow the link below:

2015: examination of charging schedule and suspension of examination

Examination of CIL charging schedule (November 2015)

The charging schedule was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination on 10 September 2015, together with a schedule of proposed minor modifications which were the subject of consultation from 16 September until 16 October 2015.

A copy of the letter confirming this submission is available to download below together with the three responses received to the proposed minor modifications consultation.

Planning Inspector Mr Simon Emerson BSc, DipTP, MRTPI was the appointed CIL examiner.

The Examiner raised some initial concerns about the application of CIL charges for commercial development in different parts of the District. To address these concerns, the Council consulted on the introduction of settlement boundaries for the purposes of CIL to provide greater clarity as to where different CIL charges will apply.

The consultation ran from 20 November until 18 December 2015. 

Suspension of examination

There was some discussion of a number of CIL matters alongside the Local Plan examination session held on Thursday 26 November 2015. In light of the suspension of the Local Plan examination, the CIL examination was suspended until January 2016 alongside the Local Plan. The Council is aiming to resume the CIL examination in Spring 2017 following consultation on the revised draft charging schedule. A copy of the letter from the CIL examiner confirming the suspension of the examination is available to download below.

Document library and schedule of submission documents

All documents associated with the initial CIL examination in 2015 have been assigned a reference number and are available to download from the document library below.

The schedule includes the examiner's preliminary questions, requests for statements of common ground and the Council's responses to these issues:

In addition to the documents listed in the schedule above, the Council submitted copies of the draft charging schedule consultation responses to the examiner. These can be viewed following the link below:

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