Background to the 2022 Review
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.
Previous Public Consultation
Public consultation on our Draft CIL Charging Schedule and its associated evidence documents was carried out between 22 August and 3 October 2022, in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 as amended. The evidence that was subject to the previous public consultation between 22 August and 3 October 2022 can be viewed by clicking this link to the draft consultation.
The council considered all the representations received as part of this consultation and produced a Statement of Representations document, which provided a summary of the main issues raised by respondents and detailed the council's response on each of these issues. Appendix 2 to the Statement provides a schedule of all comments received.
Submission for Independent Examination
On 24 November 2022, the council formally submitted the Draft CIL Charging Schedule November 2022 (Submission Version, as modified) and associated evidence documents for independent Examination. This was carried out in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended).
In response to a small number of representations, some minor modifications to the Draft CIL Charging Schedule were made and a Statement of Modifications produced, which included commentary explaining how the changes related to the comments made and who made them.
In light of these modifications, the council produced a revised version of its Charging Schedule (Draft Charging Schedule - Submission Version (As modified), October 2022). It was this submission version which will be subject to independent Examination.
A draft CIL Charging Schedule must undergo public examination by an independent person before a Charging Authority can formally consider approving it.
The council have appointed an independent Examiner, Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane, JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI, to conduct the Examination and to consider the Draft CIL Charging Schedule, its associated evidence documents and the representations made during the consultation period.
Further information relating to the Examination will be posted in due course.