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Havant CIL Charges To Increase Significantly

CIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tariff charged by local councils which allows funds to be raised from new developments towards the cost of infrastructure to support development of the area. Havant has just announced its proposed new charges which are at least 50% higher for most developments.  

What is CIL and Section 106?

In the past, councils secured developer contributions through the use of Section 106 (S106) planning obligations. In April 2010 the government introduced CIL with the intention that it might replace S106 Agreements. However, S106 contributions may be sought in addition to CIL where site specific measures are required to make a development acceptable. This could include such items as specific highway or flood alleviation measures. Since Havant implemented a CIL Charging Schedule in 2013, any S106 agreements need to meet the three tests set out in the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended):

  • Necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms
  • Directly related to the development and
  • Fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development
  • What is changing?

    Havant has charged CIL based on the type, size and location of developments. CIL has always been higher for residential developments in Emsworth and Hayling than in the rest of the Borough, presumably to encourage / discourage developments in certain areas. The new proposal identifies Southleigh as a 'strategic site' and any new residential development there will not be charged CIL as this is obviously where development is being encouraged.

    An average house is 70 square metres, the CIL charge for such new house on Hayling has gone up from £7,000 (charged at £100 per square metre) to £10,430 (new proposed charge is £149 per square metre). In the grand scheme of things, if you are building a new house, an extra £3,500 CIL charge is not going to make a great deal of difference and if that affects the viability of the development, it ought to be reflected in the land value – meaning the property developer ought to be paying less for the land, knowing that his or her business case still needs to work with this new charging rate.

    From the other side, a 50% increase in CIL income for Havant ought to allow the council to provide more infrastructure and on larger developments it could be a significant contributor.

    More Detail

    Havant's current CIL schedule can be seen here:https://cdn.havant.gov.uk/public/documents/Developer%20contributions%20guide%20-%20April%202021.pdf


    Detail of the proposed changes from a Havant Borough Council email:



    Review of CIL Charging Schedule submitted for examination

    PLEASE NOTE: You may be receiving this update because you have asked to be kept informed about planning policy matters, and in particular the Local Plan and its examination, which is currently taking place. Please note that the CIL examination is entirely separate from the examination on the Local Plan.

    The council has submitted its revised CIL Charging Schedule for examination.

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can make on developments in their area to help fund infrastructure required to support new development. The charge is based on a rate per square metre of new floorspace of development. The rates are set through an authority's CIL Charging Schedule.

    The council has been charging CIL since 2013, and has now reviewed the charging schedule that was adopted at that time. This is because Government guidance recommends that CIL charging schedules are reviewed at the same time as Local Plans.

    Consultations on the draft revised charging schedule took place in 2018 and 2019. Following consideration of the consultation responses on the Draft Charging Schedule in 2019, the council has now submitted its revised CIL Charging schedule for examination.

    The documents relevant to the CIL examination are listed below and can all be accessed via the following link: https://www.havant.gov.uk/cil-charging-schedule-review-examination

    • The Submission Charging Schedule 2021
    • Representations made on the Draft Charging schedule (summary and full)
    • Statement of Modifications
    • Local Plan and CIL Viability Study
    • Infrastructure Delivery Plan

    Copies may also be inspected on request at Havant Borough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Planning Policy Team on 023 9244 6539 if you wish to make use of this option.

    Particular attention is drawn to the Statement of Modifications, which shows how the Council has changed the Charging Schedule since the 2019 consultation. Anyone wishing to be heard by the examiner in relation to those modifications, must make this known to the Council by 5 July 2021, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or writing to Planning Policy, Havant Brough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX. Any request must include details of the modifications (by reference to the statement of modifications) on which the person wishes to be heard.

    As the examination progresses, details will be added to CIL examination web page: https://www.havant.gov.uk/cil-charging-schedule-review-examination

    If you have any questions about the CIL examination in the meantime, please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Planning Policy Team on 023 9244 6539.

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