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South Oxfordshire consults on CIL preliminary draft charging schedule

South Oxfordshire District Council has opened consultation on its community infrastructure levy (CIL) preliminary draft charging schedule (PDCS), proposing rates of up to £150 per square metre for residential developments.

The Council has proposed in the PDCS (15-page / 1.5 MB PDF) to divide the district into two charging zones for residential developments, including extra care facilities.  In 'Zone 2', which includes Didcot and the village of Berinsfield, a rate of £85 per sq m has been proposed.

A draft levy of £150 per sq m would apply to residential development in 'Zone 1' which covers the rest of the district, save for three residential strategic sites. A nil rate has been proposed for residential development at the strategic sites of 'Didcot North East', 'Ladygrove East' and 'Wallingford Site B'.

A district-wide rate of £70 per sq m has been proposed for large supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses. Office development will attract a draft levy of £35 per sq m.

A district-wide nil rate levy has been proposed for all other uses, including hotels, small retail units and care homes.

The Council said in the PDCS that a formal decision has not yet been made as to whether a discretionary CIL relief policy will be adopted.

The public consultation ends on 17 November.

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