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At the Westminster Briefing ‘Defining Contributions’ on 17 August 2016, developers, local planning authorities (LPAs) and solicitors discussed the progress, success stories and challenges of the community infrastructure levy (CIL) regime so far. Although CIL is proving effective in many areas of the country, some LPAs are reluctant to introduce it, as potential funds are outweighed by administration costs and resource needs.
Laurence Martindale, head of local infrastructure planning—infrastructure division at the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) summarised the uptake of CIL by LPAs:
Key points on the effectiveness of CIL included:
Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) relayed a success story of the operation of CIL in its area, emphasising that 'CIL is working!'. However, WBC, other LPAs and a representative from the CIL review panel identified a number of challenges with the current
system, relating to:
The government confirmed in November 2015 that an independent group would conduct a review of CIL. The CIL review panel were asked to:
Progress to date on the review includes:
DCLG confirmed in the session that the outcome of the review was expected 'later this year', but could not give any further details. It is thought that some LPAs may be slowing down their progress in adopting CIL because they are waiting to see what comes
out of the report.
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Jen is a solicitor specialising in planning law. She has experience in relation to a range of planning topics, including environmental impact assessment, section 106 agreements, highways orders, compulsory purchase, freedom of information issues, inquiries, judicial review, the Localism Act 2011, the National Planning Policy Framework and major infrastructure projects. After qualifying at Ashurst, Jen worked at Bevan Brittan and subsequently at CMS Cameron McKenna as an associate in the planning team. She worked as an external author for LexisPSL before joining the team in November 2010. She has written for a variety of legal publications, including the New Law Journal, Utilities Week, Planning Resource and The Lawyer. Jen regularly appears on Talking Law videocasts providing legal updates on planning law.
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