Rutland County Council consults on property charges

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Community Infrastructure Levy used to pay for healthcare, sport and more|

Rutland County Council hopes to form a policy this year|

Section 106 agreements to be scaled back|

The new scheme is called the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ and will be introduced by January 2016 if approved.

Its purpose is to secure funding from the increased land values created by allowing development – funding that will then be available to invest in things such as improved healthcare, new sports facilities and better disabled, residential and youth facilities.

The council carried out an initial consultation on the proposed levy in 2013, carefully considering the feedback it received. Since then the council has changed its policy on developer charges for smaller sites.

Portfolio holder for development at Rutland County Council, Terry King (Con), said: “A great deal of work has taken place to find the right balance between charging for development whilst still keeping Rutland an attractive proposition for future investment. We have done everything possible to make sure neither developers nor our local community are disadvantaged unfairly.”

The Community Infrastructure Levy differs from the Section 106 agreement because it applies consistently to all new development across the county. S106 agreements are specific to individual planning applications and will be substantially scaled back to make way for the introduction of the levy.

In addition to publishing the proposed charges for a Rutland Community Infrastructure Levy, the council has also prepared a list of projects that could benefit from funds raised.

All documents can be viewed or downloaded from www.rutland.gov.uk/cil and you can also view them at the council offices in Oakham or at public libraries.

Once the consultation closes, the council will consider all the comments received and whether further changes to the draft scheme are needed.

The proposed Charging Schedule, along with representations received, will then be submitted to the Government for public examination by an independent inspector.