South Worcestershire councils consult on revised CIL preliminary draft charging schedule

Out-Law News | 26 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm |

Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council have together opened a consultation on a revised community infrastructure levy (CIL) preliminary draft charging schedule, proposing to charge rates of up to £40 per square metre for residential developments.

Under the PDCS (36-page / 1.2 MB PDF), a nil rate would be applied to residential developments within the administrative areas of all three councils, except for those outside the main urban areas of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon, which would attract a charge of £40 per sq m.

Development of student accommodation, supermarkets and retail warehouses would be charged £100 per sq m across all three councils' administrative areas and a nil rate has been proposed for all other development.

All forms of development within the Pershore Urban Extension, the North East Malvern Urban Extension and the Gwillam's Farm and QinetiQ strategic sites would attract a nil rate levy under the councils' proposals.

Development at the Crown Packaging strategic site would be charged the same CIL rates applied to the rest of Worcester and the proposed Wychavon rates would apply at the Vine's Lane strategic site in Droitwich and the Cheltenham Road site in Evesham, under the PDCS.

The councils consulted on an earlier version of the PDCS in 2013, but decided to revise the PDCS to reflect modifications made to the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan earlier this month.

The consultation is open until 30 March. The councils expect to publish a draft charging schedule for consultation in the summer. A final CIL charging schedule is expected to take effect in April 2016.