The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been widespread and CIL is an area of statutory council business which has been affected during this period. The Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published the following guidance.
The guidance aimed to help small and mediums sized developers by introducing amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 to enable charging authorities to defer payments, to temporarily disapply late payment interest and to provide a discretion to return interest already charged where they consider it appropriate to do so. The easements can be applied to developers with an annual turnover of less than £45 million. The changes to the CIL Regulations are in force from 22 July 2020 to 31 July 2021. It is therefore no longer possible to apply for a Covid Deferral of CIL Liability instalments.
Applications to refund CIL Late Payment Interest (LPI) can be made at the time a final payment of the outstanding CIL Liability is made where formal deferral of CIL was approved by East Suffolk Council. An application for refund of LPI must be made on the correct form. An individual, case by case review of late payment interest and surcharges for deferred cases will be made and a pragmatic approach adopted to support customers in these circumstances, in line with the guidance and CIL Regulations.
|Application for refund of CIL Late Payment Interest|
As a result of our Infrastructure Team working remotely, we remain available to support developers, communities and infrastructure providers. If you need to contact us, please leave a voicemail on 01502 523059 or email CIL@eastsuffolk.gov.uk (if a new enquiry). Our team can all pick these up, will assign to the relevant officer from there and will call you back where required. Over this time we are productively focussing our attention on our existing Exacom project to build our database of developer contributions. This digital transformation of the service will provide a comprehensive publicly accessible resource for all CIL and Section 106 agreements.