The impact of recent changes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been widespread and CIL is an area of statutory council business which has been affected during this period. With the announcements of a pause on most of the construction industry and a halt to property sales, together with questions being raised about payment of CIL, Neighbourhood CIL transactions and approval of infrastructure funding, we have considered the implications. We have been in discussion with the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to explore how the methods of support we proposed may also be addressed in national guidance and legislation.
Further to these discussions, MHCLG have written to Chief Planning Officers and also published the following guidance.
The guidance aims 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. It is intended that these easements will not be open-ended and will be removed when the economic situation has recovered. The changes to the CIL Regulations are in force from 22 July 2020 to 31 July 2021.
We will address each CIL instalment due within the next 14 days on a case-by-case basis and have requested that developers contact us to discuss matters individually:
|Application for Deferral of CIL Payment|
|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.