Planning Act 2008 and Community Infrastructure Levy

The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new streamlined system for decisions on applications to build nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in England and Wales, alongside further reforms to the town and country planning system and the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The new system is intended to make the planning process for such large proposals “faster, fairer and easier for people to get involved”.

Government policy on the projects to be included in the streamlined process will be set out by Ministers in a series of National Policy Statements (NPSs) and a new body, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), was set up to examine and decide applications based on those statements. This new system is being implemented incrementally, dealing with new applications from the energy and transport sectors from 1 March 2010.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a means by which Local Planning Authorities can procure top-up funding for local and sub-regional infrastructure such as roads, public transport, schools, health facilities, flood defences or sports facilities. A charge is levied on most forms of development in accordance with a schedule of charges drawn up by the LPA. The aim is to make the system of planning obligations fairer and more transparent and to ensure that all developments make an appropriate contribution.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 came into force on 6 April 2010.
Page last updated: 28 April 2010
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