Residents are being encouraged to give their views on a proposed levy for new local developments.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has initiated the consultation regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Under the plans, developers will be required to pay this new fee for every square metre of new construction.

The council will use the generated funds to bolster community facilities.

Councillor Jane Quinton, executive member for Planning, said: "I welcome the launch of this important consultation.

"Mitigating the impacts of new development on community facilities is an important part of the planning process and I hope that residents and the development industry will engage with us as we develop our plans to implement the levy."

The rate of levy will depend on the size, type and site of the development; once imposed, developers are obligated to pay the CIL.

The scheme intends to offer developers increased clarity regarding their mandatory contributions to infrastructural development.

Subject to this assessment by an independent examiner, the council plans to impose the CIL by the end of 2024.

Details of the CIL Draft Charging Schedule can be found on the consultation portal for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The consultation period concludes February 21, 2024.