New advice on CIL and Neighbourhood Plans

12/10/2020

New Government guidance on neighbourhood planning says principal councils should pass on the higher Community Infrastructure Levy share if a neighbourhood plan referendum has been postponed because of Coronavirus

The postponement of neighbourhood plan referendums due to COVID-19 may have an impact on the level of neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that some communities would have expected.

In an update to its guidance, the Government now says that where a referendum has been postponed, the CIL-charging authority is still required to pass 15% of the relevant CIL receipts to the parish council rather than 25% - which would be the case after a successful referendum;  

However, the Government is encouragaging CIL-charging authorities to consider whether an additional sum to make up any shortfall can be provided.

The link below is to the relevant page on the UK Government website for more information.