The East Suffolk Council Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule and supporting documents have been submitted to an independent examiner, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Community Infrastructure Level Regulations 2010 (as amended).
The examiner, appointed by East Suffolk Council, is Mr Andrew Seaman RTPI, of Intelligent Plans and Examinations. Mr Andrew Seaman is independent of East Suffolk Council.
The council has appointed Annette Feeney to act as the independent Programme Officer during the examination. She will be the link between the council and the examiner and queries should be directed to her in the first instance. She can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07775 771026.
The independent examiner has determined that, as part of the examination of the draft East Suffolk CIL Charging Schedule, there will be a hearing on 11 October 2022. The hearing will be held at East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT, starting at 9:30am.
The examiner has published a hearing programme, which contains a list of the matters he wishes to discuss and hear/test evidence on. He has also published a hearing briefing note, which sets out what will be discussed.
Only those who have the right to be heard can speak at the Hearing, but as the hearing is in public, anyone else can observe if they wish.
The hearing programme, briefing note and copies of all other relevant material and representations can be viewed in the Examination Document Library.
To view the submitted East Suffolk Draft CIL Charging Schedule, including all supporting evidence and information, and for the latest updates to the examination process, please visit the Examination webpages.
The Statement of Modifications to the Draft CIL Charging Schedule was published on 6 July 2022, in advance of the formal submission of the draft CIL Charging Schedule, in accordance with Regulations 19 and 21 of the CIL Regulations (as amended).
Anyone can request to be ‘heard’ by the examiner in relation to any (or all) of the proposed modifications. The council would prefer that any such requests are made online via our Examination webpages, however, they can be made by email: email@example.com or by post: East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ. Please include details of the modification(s) on which you wish to be heard, whether you support or oppose the particular modification(s), and any reasoning. In line with CIL Regulation 21(5)(a), any request to be ‘heard’ by the examiner on a proposed modification must be submitted online, or received in writing (email or hard copy), by 5pm on 5 August 2022 (a period of four weeks, beginning on the day that the CIL Charging Schedule was formally submitted for examination).
Paper copies of the Draft East Suffolk CIL Charging Schedule, and key accompanying documents including the Statement of Modifications, have been made available at all libraries in the district and in the council’s Customer Service Centres at the Marina Centre, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH; Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, IP12 1DT; and Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BY, for inspection during opening hours. For information on all library opening hours please visit the Suffolk Libraries website and for information on the council’s Customer Service Centre opening hours please see our Contact us page.
If you are unable to view these documents online, at a library or in the Customer Service Centres, please contact our Planning Policy and Delivery Team for assistance.
The council have prepared a single East Suffolk CIL Charging Schedule (to replace the two separate CIL Charing Schedules in places for the former Suffolk Coastal and former Waveney areas).
As part of the process an East Suffolk CIL Instalments Policy has been prepared, which allows the payment of CIL in instalments (as with the CIL Charging Schedules, there are currently two separate Instalment Policies, one for the former Waveney area, and one for the former Suffolk Coastal area).
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is “a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area. It is an important tool for local authorities to use, to help them deliver infrastructure needed to support development in their area” (Planning Practice Guidance on CIL). CIL works alongside planning obligations (made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990), which are used to secure on-site infrastructure and some other elements, the most significant of which is often affordable housing.
Although not mandatory, East Suffolk Council’s predecessor councils introduced CIL: Waveney CIL Charging Schedule (adopted 2013) and Suffolk Coastal CIL Charging Schedule (adopted 2015). CIL rates in both areas have been increased annually, in line with CIL Regulations.
The current White Paper consultation (August-October 2020) proposes a move to a national Infrastructure Levy, but the nature and timing of the new Infrastructure Levy is still in development by central Government and councils are encouraged to continue developing, reviewing and adopting CIL Charging Schedules as applicable. The council has decided to continue the work to develop and adopt a single East Suffolk CIL Charging Schedule.
The CIL Regulations, and CIL guidance, set out how CIL Charging Schedules should be prepared. See below for further information on the main stages and timings for the preparation of the CIL Charging Schedule.
Prepare the evidence base and collaborate with neighbouring/overlapping authorities and other stakeholders (spring 2021)
As the first stage of this work, consultancy Aspinall Verdi has been commissioned to prepare a Viability Appraisal to provide the key evidential base for the CIL Charging Schedule. Aspinall Verdi has previously prepared the Viability Reports to underpin both the Waveney Local Plan (adopted in 2019) and Suffolk Coastal Local Plan (adopted in September 2020) and so is familiar with the East Suffolk area.
The baseline viability assumptions (such as building costs, finance and marketing costs, typical construction period etc) have been prepared and consultation on these assumptions is being held from 15 March to 26 April 2021. Initial consultation on the draft East Suffolk CIL Instalments Policy is also taking place at the same time.
Consultation comments on the draft template will help inform the draft Viability Report and will be taken into consideration during Stage 2, the preparation of the draft CIL Charging Schedule.
Prepare and publish a draft CIL Charging Schedule for consultation (2021)
Taking into account information received from the evidence base and stakeholder engagement, the draft Charging Schedule and supporting documents have been prepared and published for the submission of representations.
Consultation on the draft Charging Schedule was held from Thursday 11 November to 5pm Thursday 23 December 2021.
Submit the draft Charging Schedule for independent examination and undertake the examination (end of June/early July 2022)
Comments received on the draft Charging Schedule must be assessed and taken account of. It is then submitted (alongside the evidence base and other supporting documents and information) for formal examination, by an independent examiner. The examination takes place in public, with all information available on the council’s website. Any person wishing to be heard before the examiner can make such a request.
Consider the examiner’s recommendations and approve and bring into effect the Charging Schedule (summer/autumn 2022)
The council must have regard to any recommendations made by the examiner in their report. If approval is recommended subject to modifications, the council must make appropriate modifications. The Charging Schedule must then be approved by a resolution of the full East Suffolk Council, with a specified commencement date.