The Planning and Building Control Public Access Service allows you to view details of planning and building control applications and supporting documents online, and make comments if you wish. We endeavour to publish all relevant application details, but should you find that a document is missing, it can be viewed at our Ty Blaen office. If you notice any missing information please let us know so that we can rectify immediately. The applications and documents may still be viewed in person at the Ty Blaen Office at New Inn.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The funds raised will go towards infrastructure needed to support growth in the Local Development Plan such as schools and transport improvements. The Draft CIL Charging Schedule sets out the CIL rates that the Council is proposing to charge in particular areas of the Borough and what types of new development will be expected to pay. The proceeds raised through CIL will be used to fund necessary infrastructure. It is a requirement that we prepare and publish a list of all infrastructure that is eligible for funding from CIL. This is set out in the Draft 123 Infrastructure List.

Stage 2 - Consultation on the Torfaen Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule and Draft Regulation 123 Infrastructure List (December 2017)

The Torfaen Draft CIL Charging Schedule document will be subject to a seven week public consultation commencing 11th December 2017 - 29th January 2018. The consultation documents, associated background information and official Comments Forms are available to download free by using the following link:-

Background Evidence

Paper reference copies of the consultation documents can be inspected at the Council’s Ty Blaen Torfaen Office (address below) on weekdays between 9.00am -1.00pm and by appointment with the Planning Policy and Implementation Team from 1.00pm - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 1.00pm - 4.30pm on a Friday. 

We would be grateful if you could make your comments on the Draft Charging Schedule document, and associated background information on the official Comments Form (Welsh or English) and email them to ldp@torfaen.gov.uk; or make them in writing, on a printed official Comments Form if possible, to the:

Planning Policy and Implementation Team, Ty Blaen Torfaen, Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 0LS, by 11.59pm on Monday 29th January 2018.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English. Correspondence received in Welsh will be answered in Welsh and will not lead to delay.  Your comments will be acknowledged and also be reported, in summary, to a future meeting of the Council prior to the submission of the Draft Charging Schedule for Examination as identified in the CIL Timetable below. Finally, If you require any further information or have any questions please contact the PPI Team on 01633 648039 / 648140 or email ldp@torfaen.gov.uk.

What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (called 'the levy' or 'CIL') allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The funds raised will go towards infrastructure that is needed to support growth, such as schools and transport improvements. CIL is applied as a charge on each square metre of new floorspace created by the development, and different rates of charge are identified for different types of development, dependent upon how viable each type of development is. The money generated from CIL can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that that is needed to support growth in the area.

Each local authority prepares a Charging Schedule that identifies the level of CIL that will be applied to each type of chargeable development. Once introduced the CIL is mandatory and will be charged against all new development the meets the qualifying criteria. CIL must be generally ‘affordable’ for developers and must not be seen to threaten the overall viability of development in a given area.  The CIL Charging Schedule must be informed by an appropriate evidence base. Comprehensive viability studies have been carried out which set out detailed evidence on development viability across a range of sites and uses in Torfaen.

The Government has issued Community Infrastructure Levy Guidance. This document is published in a question and answer format and will cover the majority of queries you may have about CIL.

Key Stages for Adopting a CIL Charging Schedule:

What happens next?

Following the consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule, representations received will be considered by the Council before it takes the decision to submit the draft CIL to an independent Examiner who would then hold a CIL Examination. The Council aims to adopt the CIL charging schedule as soon as practicable following the receipt of the Examiner’s report. It is estimated that implementation of CIL will commence in February 2019.

Information table showing CIL Preparation stages
Stage in CIL PreparationEstimated Timetable
Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule & Draft Reg 123 List Consultation Completed

Draft Charging Schedule & Reg. 123 List Consultation

Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

Submission for Examination

 June 2018

Examination

Sept 2018

CIL Examiner’s Report

Dec 2018

Approval and Publication of Charging Schedule

Jan 2019

Implementation of CIL Charge

Feb 2019

Annual Monitoring Report

Feb 2020

Last Modified: 18/12/2017
For more information contact: Planning Policy and Implementation Team

Tel: 01633 648039/8140

Email: ldp@torfaen.gov.uk

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