Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area. It applies to developers building new homes (use classes C3 and C4), holiday lets, supermarkets or retail warehouses. The development of social housing such as affordable housing qualifies for 100% rate relief from CIL. This means a developer will not pay CIL on buildings used for social housing providing they claim the relief.
The funds raised from the Levy are then split between different levels of authority. Normally parishes receive 15% of the Levy but Kessingland Parish Council receives 25% of charges raised within the parish because Kessingland has an adopted Neighbourhood Plan in place.
There are rules about what CIL money can be spent on but generally the money received by Kessingland Parish Council can be spent on anything that deals with the demands that development places on our village, such as open space, school places, cycle/pedestrian routes, strategic transport infrastructure and community facilities. Funds should be used for physical improvements rather than services.
The council has set up a group to devise a five year plan on village improvements that CIL should be able to help fund. After the initial year it is intended that there will be village wide consultation, both for ideas and over selection of projects.