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Government publishes revised guidance aimed at simplifying advice on Community Infrastructure Levy regime

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new planning practice guidance designed to “further simplify advice on the CIL regime, helping communities and developers understand what is required”.

Councils are now required to publish an annual report on the all the CIL agreements entered into with developers from December 2020.

The MHCLG also claimed the regulations, which came into force on 1 September, would make it:

  • faster for councils to introduce the CIL in the first place.
  • easier for councils to fund single, larger infrastructure projects from the cash received from multiple developments, “giving greater freedom to deliver complex projects at pace”.

Housing Minister Esther McVey said: “The new rules coming into force today will allow residents to know how developers are contributing to the local community when they build new homes - whether that’s contributing to building a brand-new school, roads or a doctor’s surgery that the area needs.”

The revised guidance on CIL, explaining the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2019, can be viewed here.