Public consultation on charges for new Community Infrastructure Levy

Welwyn Hatfield residents are being asked for their views on the level of charges to be imposed on new developments in the borough under a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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CIL contributions received by the Council must be spent on infrastructure such as schools, transport and leisure facilities but unlike Section 106 payments, the CIL is not tied to one development and could be used to fund larger projects in any part of the borough.

The Draft Charging Schedule under consultation proposes that developments of 11 or more homes should be charged at £70 per square metre if located in Hatfield, £100 in Welwyn Garden City, Welham Green or west of Hatfield, or £230 in the other villages and rural areas of the borough.

These levels of charge reflect the differences in market values of housing around the borough which in turn affects the financial viability of development in those locations and, therefore, the ability of the developer to pay the charge.

Smaller residential developments, which do not have to provide affordable housing, would be charged a flat rate of £230 per square metre.

For supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses the charge would be £85 per square metre and for all other retail and other non-residential uses, the rate would be just £20 per square metre. Development for education, health and community facilities would have a nil charge.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment and Planning, said:

"The Community Infrastructure Levy can help us fund improvements across the borough so it's vital we get this right.

"It is important that we strike a balance between delivering new infrastructure and ensuring CIL contributions do not impact on a development's viability, so I would encourage residents to give their view on the proposals."

The eight-week consultation runs from 30 September to 25 November. Information regarding CIL and the proposed Draft Charging Schedule Consultation (including how to provide comments) can be found at www.welhat.gov.uk/CIL.

If further information is required please email cil@welhat.gov.uk or call 01707 357504 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.