Aerial photo of Penryn town centre showing buildings along Higher Market Street

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which allows planning authorities to charge development to fund infrastructure which addresses the cumulative impact of development.  It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2020 (as amended).

CIL is a fixed rate per square metre of development, and the rates for development in Cornwall are set out in a Charging Schedule. The Charging Schedule came into effect in Cornwall on 1 January 2019. From this date, developments creating one or more dwellings, or new floorspace of 100sqm or more, could be charged CIL. However, CIL will only become payable on commencement of a development (not granting of planning permission), which means there is always likely to be delay between a development being granted permission and when it has to make a CIL payment.

As per CIL Regulation 121B Town and Parish Councils¬†must in any financial year (“the reported year”) in which it receives CIL receipts prepare a report and that report must be published on the Town or Parish Council’s website, a copy must also be sent to Cornwall Council.