Have your say on infrastructure levy in Welwyn Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 16:37 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 11 May 2017
People in Welwyn Hatfield can have their say on the contributions developers make to fund local infrastructure improvements when a consultation opens on Monday (15 May).
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which local authorities can choose to implement to raise contributions from new development towards the delivery of supporting infrastructure.
With the borough’s Local Plan setting out sites for 12,000 new homes over the next 15 years, it offers an additional tool to raise funds for improvements to transport, education, services and facilities.
The council is seeking views on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, setting out the type of development that would be charged and the amount, aiming to strike a balance between infrastructure delivery need and the potential viability impacts.
The consultation also considers the types of infrastructure and projects the levy could help provide.
Unlike Section 106 contributions, the CIL is not tied to one development and can more easily be used to fund larger projects, including road improvements.
Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, said: “How development will be supported by infrastructure is one of the most common questions I hear from residents.
“The CIL is another tool to help us fund improvements and it’s vital we get this right.
“Alongside the borough’s Local Plan, It will play a big part in shaping the future of our borough and the transport networks, services and facilities we all rely on.
“I urge people to go to the website or visit the council offices and tell us what they think.”
The consultation runs for six weeks from Monday, May 15, to 5pm on Monday, June 26.
Residents can view the documents online at www.welhat.gov.uk/CIL or by visiting the council offices at Campus East, Welwyn Garden City, or any library in the borough.