Local infrastructure funding set for a boost

Developer contributions towards local infrastructure are set to increase under Hart District Council’s proposal to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
 
CIL is a financial levy on new development. It will apply to most new homes and other types of development.
 
Under the CIL, developer contributions can be easily pooled to fund local projects such as transport schemes, school places, and leisure facilities.

Some of the money will go to town and parish councils to spend on local improvements such as parks and playgrounds.
 
Councillor Graham Cockarill, the Portfolio Holder for Place, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to improve our infrastructure in Hart. We have listened to residents’ concerns regarding infrastructure with new development. CIL will be an important means of addressing those concerns. Many more developments will contribute to local infrastructure than is currently the case.”
 
The rate charged will be set per sq m and will vary depending on the type of development. New homes for sale on the open market will have the highest rate, whilst other developments like new care homes, offices and shops would pay reduced rates. The CIL could come into effect in late 2022/early 2023.
 
A consultation on proposed CIL rates runs from 5 November to 17 December 2021. 
 
For information on the CIL consultation, please visit www.hart.gov.uk/community-infrastructure-levy.
    
5 November 2021