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Independent examiner backs Council’s proposed development charges

Published: 25 August 2023

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

An independent examiner has approved the Council’s proposed alterations to the charge that developers pay for projects in Exeter.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that developers pay, based on the size and nature of the project they’re working on.

The levy helps provide funding for infrastructure and community projects related to development in Exeter.

The system was established in 2013 to ensure that growth in Exeter is managed responsibly. The money from the CIL is directly invested into improving our city's infrastructure and community services.

From December 2022 to January 2023 there was a public consultation on the proposed alterations to the CIL charges.

An examination hearing for the Council’s CIL was held in July at the Civic Centre. The hearing session was led by the examiner and was based on the responses already provided during the consultation. 

The independent examiner concluded: “The draft Exeter City Council Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the area.

“The Council has provided sufficient evidence that shows the proposed rates would not threaten delivery of the Local Plan.”

Council Leader Phil Bialyk said: “I welcome this decision by the independent examiner. The CIL is a charge paid to the Council by developers when they receive planning permission, and it is important for the whole city that the appropriate amount is received for the appropriate development.”

The Council will be looking to implement the new CIL rates in January 2024.

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