Sunday, 22 October 2017

Feedback sought on developer levy

RESIDENTS are being asked how much developers should have to pay towards improving local infrastructure.

RESIDENTS are being asked how much developers should have to pay towards improving local infrastructure.

South Oxfordshire District Council is consulting on a new scheme that raises funds from new developments.

The charge, called a community infrastructure levy, can help fund projects such as new schools, road improvements, flood defences and community, leisure, health and social care facilities.

Developers will pay a set amount for every square metre of extra floor space that new buildings take up.

The council is considering charging £150 per square metre for housing, £35 per square metre for offices and £70 for supermarkets, large retail outlets and warehouses.



Affordable homes and improvements to specific housing sites would still be secured using section 106 agreements.

Councillor Angie Paterson, member for planning policy, said: "The new levy will bring in much-needed funding to contribute to the provision of the roads, schools, leisure facilities and community areas required to support new development in South Oxfordshire.

"We are proposing a rate that we believe will both help pay for the required infrastructure and ensure that developers are not put off building here."

The consultation runs until March 26. To respond, visit http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/cil or write to the council at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE.



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