Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (also known as CIL) allows Local Authorities in England and Wales to set a financial levy on developments to provide for essential infrastructure to support planned growth.

CIL charges will be based on the size, type and location of the development proposed. The levy will be applied as a charge on each square metre of new building, and will be payable by most developments in Trafford.

To assist applicants, developers and landowners, a CIL Short Guide has been prepared. More information on what development will be liable for CIL and the planning application process is available on the CIL Administration and Collection web page.

Trafford CIL Charging Schedule

The Trafford CIL Charging Schedule was formally approved at Full Council on the 26 March 2014, to come into effect on 07 July 2014. It can be viewed alongside all associated documentation below:

The levy will apply to all relevant applications determined on or after 07 July 2014 regardless of when they were submitted. This includes applications which are approved on appeal even if the appeal was submitted prior to the Charging Schedule coming into effect.

CIL may be required to be paid if planning permission is granted for your proposal and will be charged in pounds (£) per square metre based on the net additional increase in floorspace of any given development.

The amount of CIL liability will depend on where the development is located, type of use proposed, amount of floorspace that is being created, and any floorspace that is being lost through demolition or change of use.

On 24 March 2014, the Council's Executive also approved a Revised SPD1: Planning Obligations 2014, for adoption on 07 July 2014, to be implemented alongside the Trafford CIL Charging Schedule.

CIL Receipts, Expenditure and Annual Reports

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 (as amended) set out exactly how CIL can be used.

80% of the CIL monies collected will be used for strategic infrastructure, to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure to support the development of the area. This means that it must be spent on infrastructure which is required to support new development and growth in the borough. CIL cannot be used to fund solutions to existing problems unless those problems are made worse as a result of new development.

15% of the CIL monies collected will be given to the local area or parish councils where they exist, for use on local infrastructure

5% of the CIL monies collected are used to fund some of the costs of the administration of CIL

To make sure that the levy is used transparently, charging authorities (the Council) must prepare short reports on the levy that give information for the previous financial year. These reports will set out how much revenue from the levy has been received, what it has been spent on and how much is left:

Parish Councils must also provide an annual report of their neighbourhood receipts and expenditure. These should be published on the parish council websites. Copies may also be published on these pages as they are available.

CIL Revised Regulation 123 List

The Trafford CIL Revised Regulation 123 List was formally approved by Trafford Council Executive on the 19th December 2016. 

The CIL Revised Regulation 123 List sets out the types of infrastructure that may be funded by CIL in the Borough.  The main purpose of the list is to provide transparency around what the Council intends to fund through CIL and what site specific infrastructure Section 106 contributions will continue to be used for.

This CIL Revised Regulation 123 List replaces the CIL Regulation 123 List adopted March 2014.

Consultation on Revised Regulation 123 List - Summer 2016

Between the 27 June – 8 August 2016 the Council consulted on minor amendments to the Regulation 123 list.

A summary of the representations received as part of the consultation and the Council’s Response to these representations are included within Appendix 2 of the Council’s Executive Report for the Revised CIL Regulation 123 List prepared for the Executive Meeting of the 19th December 2016.

State of the Economy 2015

As part of the annual review of market conditions in the borough, a study was commissioned from Peter Brett Associates during the summer of 2015.  The purpose of this study was to analyse data to establish two matters:

  • The state of the housing market, and what the current affordable housing policy requirement should be set at.
  • Whether a review of the CIL Charging Schedule should be undertaken.

Regarding the affordable housing policy requirements, market conditions are returning to ‘normal’ for 2014. However, as data for 2015 is not yet available, no change in policy approach will be made until it has been established that this improvement has been sustained throughout 2015.

Regarding CIL, changes in build costs have been broadly in line with changes in development value, therefore at this point a revision to the CIL Charging Schedule is not justified by the changes to either residential or non-residential development viability.

CIL Examination

The adoption of CIL follows the Examination of the document, which was carried out by an independent Planning Inspector. The CIL Examination closed on the 10 December 2013 with receipt of the Inspectors Final Report on 31 January 2014. The Inspector concluded that, subject to proposed modifications, the CIL be approved.

Previous Stages

Find out about previous stages in the development of the Community Infrastructure Levy.