Winchester City Council last month adopted its community infrastructure levy (CIL) charging schedule. It will come into effect on 7 April.

The Council has divided its district into three charging zones with separate rates. Zone 1, which covers any Strategic Allocations and South Hampshire Urban Areas in the Council's Core Strategy Proposals Map, will be subject to a nil rate levy for all types of development.

For residential developments a rate of £120 per sq m will apply in Zone 2, which covers Winchester Town, and a rate of £80 per sq m will apply in Zone 3, covering the district's Market Towns and Rural Areas.

Retail developments within the Town Centre will be charged at a rate of £120 per sq m. The same rate will apply to convenience stores, supermarkets and retail warehouses within both Zones 2 and 3. A nil rate levy will apply to all other retail developments and all other types of development across the district.

The charging schedule will only apply to the parts of the district outside the South Downs National Park. The Council said it has worked closely with the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), which is the CIL charging authority for the part of Winchester within the National Park, as well as local communities and other partners to establish infrastructure requirements. It said the SDNPA intends to introduce its own CIL regime, which is currently programmed for 2015.

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