Sheffield consults on CIL draft charging schedule

Out-Law News | 04 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm | 1 min. read

Residential developers in Sheffield will be subject to community infrastructure levy (CIL) rates ranging up to £80 per square metre under proposals published by Sheffield City Council.

The Council launched a consultation on its draft charging schedule (DCS) (6-page / 838KB PDF) last week. It has proposed to divide its administrative area into five different charging zones for residential development.

The DCS sets out draft rates of £0 per sq m in Zone 1, covering the 'North East'; £10 per sq m in Zone 2, covering the 'East'; £30 per sq m in Zone 3, covering Stocksbridge and Deepcar, the 'North West' and the 'South East', 'City Centre West', Manor, Arbourthorne, Gleadless, Chapeltown, Ecclesfield and Rural Upper Don Valley; £50 per sq m in Zone 4, covering the 'City Centre' and the 'South'; and £80 in Zone 5, covering the 'South West'.

For retail developments the Council has proposed to set a rate of £30 per sq m to apply in the 'City Centre Prime Retail Area' and to the two 'New Retail Quarter' and 'The Moor' strategic sites. A draft rate of £60 per sq m has been set to apply in the 'Meadowhall Prime Retail Area' and to all major retail schemes including superstores and retail warehouses.

Hotels will be charged at a rate of £40 per sq m under the proposals and a rate of £30 per sq m will apply to out of town leisure developments and student accommodation. A draft nil rate levy will apply to all other uses including office, industry and leisure.

The Council has updated its proposed rates following a consultation on its preliminary draft charging schedule last winter. The DCS consultation is open for comments until 25 May. The Council said it aims to adopt CIL at the start of 2015.