Have your say on developer contributions

Posted on: 12 January 2017

A consultation is about to begin on how contributions made by developers are set and used across North Devon and Torridge.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council want to know what local people think about the content of draft planning documents, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedules and the Regulation 123 List, for each district.

The councils’ Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedules set out the rates that developers pay and is based on the proposed use and size of a new development. These contributions are used to help fund the infrastructure and services to support the development of the area. In the future CIL will partially replace Section 106 agreements.

The North Devon and Torridge draft Regulation 123 Lists set out the types of infrastructure that the councils may fund, entirely, or in part, through the CIL such as roads, schools and flood defences. Items not on the list will continue to be delivered using Section 106 agreements.

Lead Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “These documents will set out how key infrastructure needed to support the delivery of the local plan is funded. When the documents are approved contributions made in this way will go in to a pot which councillors can then decide how to use to deliver infrastructure. These are very important documents for the future of development across both districts so we would like as much feedback on their content as possible.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Pete Watson, says: “The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge and tool for local authorities to help deliver infrastructure to support building and development in the area. The money is often used to improve road networks, schools and other facilities but needs to be balanced against the type of development being proposed. We have already put a lot of effort into determining how the new process will operate but are really keen for the public to have their say on these proposals. We hope that many people will take the opportunity to give us their views through the consultation.”

Although the two councils will work together on infrastructure delivery to support their joint Local Plan, each council is a legally separate charging authority, so will have its own charging schedule and Regulation 123 List.

The consultation starts on Friday 13 January and runs for six weeks until 5pm on Friday 24 February. Local residents can have their say online. The documents are also available at council offices and libraries across the two districts.

Following the consultations, council officers will go through the comments before presenting them to councillors. The final documents will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

2 comments on “Have your say on developer contributions

  1. Holly says:

    Thank you for your comment.

    You can take part in our consultation on our website
    consult.torridge.gov.uk/portal

  2. Barbara Venn says:

    Developers should continue to provide affordable housing which addresses the needs of local people. These should be provided, by the developer, at low cost (cost of build only) to Housing Associations. They should be rented or sold at a level that reflect local wages (ie not sold at 10 or 20 times and rented at 50% of market rents).
    This would help reduce household dependence on benefits to meet housing costs. Which in turn would ensure that local people have more money to spend in the local economy. A far better economic strategy than providing additional profit for large developers and their shareholders, who don’t spend it in the local economy. Large developers can afford it, their share prices have doubled in the last few years.

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