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 7 July 2014. It can be viewed alongside all associated documentation below:

The levy applies to all relevant applications determined on or after 7 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 7 July 2014, to be implemented alongside the Trafford CIL Charging Schedule.

Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS)

Since CIL was adopted Trafford has published an annual report on the contributions received in line with requirements of the CIL regulations.

From December 2020, the annual report has taken the form of an 'Infrastructure Funding Statement' and must report on both CIL and planning obligations.

These reports will set out how much revenue from CIL and planning obligations has been received, what it has been spent on and how much is left. It will also set out how much CIL we expect to collect, and explain the types of infrastructure we intend to spend the monies on in the future.

2022/2023 Infrastructure Funding Statement:

2021/2022 Infrastructure Funding Statement:

Previous Infrastructure Funding Statements:

CIL receipts, expenditure and annual reports

Parish councils (known as local councils) must also provide an annual report of their neighbourhood receipts and expenditure. These should be published on the parish council websites.

At the end of the last financial year (31 March 2020) Partington Parish Council was the only parish council to have received CIL funds since the implementation of the Trafford CIL Charging Schedule in July 2014.

State of the economy 2018

As part of the a review of market conditions in the borough, a study was commissioned from Trebbi and was approved at Planning and Development Management Committee on the 22 November 2018 (see Item 6 of the Committee Agenda).

The report analyses the housing market in Trafford to determine what the current affordable housing policy requirement should be set at.

The report concludes that Trafford is now in ‘good’ market conditions and should be considered as such when applying relevant policy and when making planning decisions from 22 November 2018 onwards.

The policy updates the position set by the State of the Economy 2015 report commissioned from Peter Brett Associates during the summer of 2015.

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.