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Our Local Plan has now been submitted for examination.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council is in the process of preparing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule. CIL is a locally set planning charge which local authorities can choose to implement to raise contributions from new development towards the delivery of necessary supporting infrastructure.

Local authorities are the charging authority for CIL and are responsible for setting CIL charges. Councils that wish to charge the Community Infrastructure Levy must prepare a Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule which sets out the charges per square metre that will apply to new development.

In order to implement CIL the Council must follow a series of steps set out in the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). A preliminary draft charging schedule is a document which sets out the charging authority's initial proposals for the levy, for public consultation. The authority must take into account the comments it receives when firming up its proposals in the form of the draft charging schedule. This document must then be subject to a further period of statutory consultation before going forward for examination.

Consultation

The Council has prepared a CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for public consultation. The Welwyn Hatfield CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule sets out the type of development which is proposed to be liable for CIL and the proposed charging rates.

Alongside the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule the Council is also consulting on an Initial Draft Regulation 123 List. This sets out all infrastructure projects or types of infrastructure that the Council intends will be, or may be, wholly or partly funded by CIL. The evidence base which has informed the setting of the proposed charges has also been published for comment.

The consultation is being undertaken in accordance with Regulation 15 of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). Following the consultation period, the Council will consider relevant comments and make any required amendments to the charging schedule. A Draft Charging Schedule will then be published for another period of consultation before examination.

Consultation details

We are inviting representations on the following documents from Monday 15 May 2017 to Monday 26 June 2017:

These documents can also be viewed at the Council offices and libraries in the borough.

We welcome your comments via the following means:

The deadline for the receipt of all representations is 5pm on Monday 26 June 2017.

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