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Review of the South Oxfordshire Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule

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On 10 June 2022, the Council formally submitted the Draft CIL Charging Schedule, Submission Version June 2022 (as modified) and associated evidence documents for independent Examination. Anyone who wishes to be heard by the Examiner in relation to any of the modifications we have made to the Charging Schedule can make a request from now until 8 July 2022 (full details can be found below).

Introduction to our CIL Review

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new development in their area and came into force in April 2010. South Oxfordshire District Council is classed as a ‘charging authority’ and may charge CIL in respect of development that takes place in the District. 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.

In February 2016, the Council approved its first CIL Charging Schedule, which is a document setting out the CIL rates it charges for different types of development in different parts of the district. The current CIL rates came into force on 1 April 2016.

The Council is now undertaking a review of its Charging Schedule, to take into account the new site allocations and additional infrastructure requirements contained within the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 (which was adopted in December 2020) 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 the development, which has helped us draft the proposed new CIL rates for different types of development. The findings from the assessment have also provided the basis for defining three new CIL charging zones across the district.

Alongside our review of the CIL Charging Schedule, the Council is also undertaking a review of its Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), again to take into account the adoption of the Local Plan and amendments to the CIL Regulations. Public consultation on the Draft Developer Contributions SPD has now concluded and all relevant documentation can be found here

Public Consultation on our Draft CIL Charging Schedule (February 2022)

Between 15 February and 22 March 2022, we carried out public consultation (under Regulation 16 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, as amended) and invited comments on our Draft CIL Charging Schedule and its evidence documents.

The Council has considered all the representations received during the consultation period and has produced a Statement of Representations document, which provides a summary of the main issues raised by respondents and details 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 10 June 2022, the Council formally submitted the Draft Charging Schedule submission version, as modified (June 2022) 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).

All the Submission documents can be viewed below:

You can also view hard copies of all the submission documents at the district council offices on Milton Park and (from 15 June 2022) at the following libraries: Benson, Berinsfield, Chinnor, Didcot, Goring, Henley, Sonning Common, Thame, Wallingford, Watlington, Wheatley and Woodcote.

Please note: the appendices to the CIL Viability Assessment (December 2021) and Viability Addendum (June 2022) are only available to view in hard copy at the council offices and not at any of the libraries, due to the size of the documents

Modifications to our Draft Charging Schedule

In response to representations made during the public consultation, we have made some modifications to the Draft CIL Charging Schedule and have produced what is known as a Statement of Modifications, which explains how the changes relate to the comments made and who made them. In light of these modifications, the Draft CIL Charging Schedule, Submission version, as modified (June 2022) is the version which will be subject to independent Examination.

Anyone who previously requested to be heard by the Examiner on any points raised on the Draft CIL Charging Schedule or its associated evidence documents during the consultation period ending on 22 March 2022 will be contacted by the Programme Officer, who acts as a point of contact between the Council, Examiner and respondents before, during and after the Examination.

In addition, any person may request to be heard by the Examiner in relation to any of the modifications set out in the Statement of Modifications. Such requests can be made during the 4-week period following the formal submission date from 10 June 2022 until 11.59pm on 8 July 2022 and these can be submitted:

  • via email to: planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk (with ‘South CIL Modifications’ in the subject line); or
  • via post to: ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed).

Requests must include details of the modifications on which you wish to be heard.  Please also detail whether you support or oppose the modification and why.

Your right to be heard at this stage applies only to the Modifications. The Council will submit a copy of each request it receives to the Examiner via the Programme Officer. A request to be heard on the Modifications may be withdrawn at any time prior to the start of the Examination, by giving notice in writing to the Council.

Independent Examination

An independent Examiner has been appointed to conduct the Examination and will consider the Draft CIL Charging Schedule, its associated evidence documents and all of the representations made during the consultation period.

It is for the Examiner to decide whether the Examination can proceed by way of written representations or whether a hearing session(s) is required. More details will be posted here in due course.

The Council has appointed Mr Ian Kemp as Programme Officer and any queries you may have regarding the Examination process should, in the first instance, be submitted via email to idkemp@icloud.com or by post to PO Box 241, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 7TA.

Following the Examination, the Examiner will issue a report with recommendations and can either approve or reject the CIL Charging Schedule or suggest modifications which the Council must make in order to adopt it. On receipt, the Council will publish the Examiner’s report on its website. The Charging Schedule must then be approved by Council resolution before it can come into effect.

This webpage will be kept up to date during the Examination and all related information, including the full Examination Library, will be accessible here.

Any Queries?

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding our CIL review, please contact the South Oxfordshire Planning Policy Team on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@southandvale.gov.uk

If you require any of the documents in an alternative format (for example: large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read or alternative languages) please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

Supporting documents:

Data protection:

In order for your request to be heard by the Examiner to be considered, we will need to share your name (and organisation, where relevant) with the appointed Examiner and Programme Officer and an email or postal address, which we will share with the Programme Officer only. In line with the CIL Regulations, you may be contacted by the Programme Officer (or where necessary the council) with relevant updates regarding the Examination or other aspects of our CIL review.

Copies of any requests received on the Statement of Modifications will be published on the Council’s website, alongside your name (and organisation, where relevant). No other personal contact details will be published.

To find out how your personal data is used in relation to our CIL Review and for information on how the Council holds, uses and stores your personal data, please refer to our planning consultations Privacy Policy.

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