Research commissioned on the value, impact and delivery of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has appointed a team to undertake research on the value, impact and delivery of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

A research team led by the University of Reading and Three Dragons, together with David Lock Associates and Smiths Gore, has been appointed by the UK Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government to undertake research on the value, impact and delivery of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The Community Infrastructure Levy enables local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed to support the development of the area. Introduced in 2010, it is a relatively new mechanism which affects local planning authorities, developers and landowners. The Government has committed to review CIL and the aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive evidence base that will inform this review of CIL in 2015.

There are five research areas to be addressed:

• How much money the levy is raising and what it is being spent on (or intended to be spent on);

• The types of development that are paying the levy;

• The impact of the levy on development viability;

• How much money is being passed on to local communities and how the ‘neighbourhood portion’ of the levy is being administered; and

• The extent to which the levy is simpler and quicker to operate than individually-negotiated section 106 agreements.

The research builds on a major study, conducted by the same research team, that investigated the impact of Section 106 agreements on development viability and delivery of affordable housing.The research team includes academics from the School of Real Estate & Planning at University of Reading and leading planning experts from Three Dragons, David Lock Associates and Smiths Gore. Professor Pete Wyatt (University of Reading) will lead the project and is joined by Dr Emma Street (also at the University of Reading), Lin Cousins and Kathleen Dunmore from Three Dragons, Rebecca McAllister from Smiths Gore and Heather Pugh from David Lock Associates.

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