The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) came into force in April 2010 and is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new development in their area. The money raised can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure such as transport schemes, schools, community facilities, health and social care facilities, parks, green spaces and leisure facilities.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council is classed as a 'charging authority' and may charge CIL in respect of development that takes place in the District. Following adoption of the Core Strategy in September 2013, the council published its first CIL Charging Schedule, which came into force in August 2016.
Introduction to the CIL Review
The council has undertaken a review of its 2016 CIL Charging Schedule, to take into account the new site allocations and additional infrastructure requirements contained within both the Places and Policies Local Plan (adopted in September 2020) and the Core Strategy Review (which was adopted in March 2022) and legislative changes introduced by the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2019.
A CIL Viability Assessment has underpinned our review and provides important background information on the viability of associated development. The findings from the assessment have also provided the basis for maintaining the CIL charging zones across the district.
Indeed, the only changes to be proposed in the draft CIL Charging Schedule is to exempt the following strategic sites:
- the North Downs Garden Settlement (Otterpool Park)
- the two parcels referenced as the Phase 2 expansion Sellindge
- the strategic allocation at Nickolls Quarry (Martello Lakes)
The strategic site exemptions as set out in the CIL Charging Schedule adopted in August 2016 are carried forwards in the Draft CIL Charging Schedule (July 2022).
The council will consider all the representations received as part of this consultation and its associated evidence documents is to be carried out between Monday 22 August and Monday 3 October 2022, in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 as amended.
The documents that are the subject of this consultation are:
- CIL Draft Charging Schedule
- Community Infrastructure Levy - Infrastructure Funding Gap Statement July 2022
- Infrastructure Schedule
- CIL statement of representations (PDF, 23KB)
- CIL Charging Maps
- CIL viability review and appendices (PDF, 12.36MB)
The following linked document provides relevant background concerning the strategic allocation at Nickolls Quarry (Martello Lakes).
- Nickolls Quarry (Martello Lakes) strategic allocation summary note
You can comment in three different ways:
- you can comment electronically via the Objective Platform
- you can comment electronically via the online comment form
- you can comment in writing by downloading the comment form and sending a completed version to:
Planning Policy, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY
The council will consider all the representations received as part of this consultation and produce a Statement of Representations document, which will provide a summary of the main issues raised by respondents and detail the council's response on each of these issues.
How we use your personal data
In line with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, for representations on the draft CIL Charging Schedule to be considered, names of respondents will be shared with the Examiner and Programme Officer. Email addresses will also be shared with the Programme Officer, so that she (or where necessary the council) could contact respondents with relevant updates regarding the Examination process or other aspects of the CIL review.
Representations submitted by individuals on the draft Charging Schedule will published on the council's website, alongside their name. No other personal contact details will be published. Representations submitted by businesses and/or organisations will be published, including contact details.