A new system of funding infrastructure projects will create a fairer and more transparent system of charging developers, a councillor has claimed.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will take effect from June 19, with the money being used to improve things such education, health, leisure or transport provision.
There had been concerns from within the controlling Conservative group at Lichfield District Council that the new two-tier system could mean some areas lose out.
The CIL will see areas such as Burntwood, Fazeley, Armitage and Handsacre fall into a ‘low value area’ charging band, meaning developers would pay just £25 per square metre for a residential project, as opposed to £55 in other areas across the district.
Cllr Richard Cox, Conservative member for Armitage with Handsacre, warned communities could face being burdened with new homes without the financial benefits CIL payments will bring elsewhere.
“Some areas, such as Armitage with Handsacre, could be considered of being in greater need of new infrastructure than others, but they will end up getting the lower payment,” he said.
But Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet member for economic growth and development, insisted the changes will create a better way of managing new projects across the district.
“The Community Infrastructure Levy is a fairer, faster and more transparent way of agreeing planning obligations,” he said.
“It’s a big achievement to have secured the levy for our district, as it will generate funding for infrastructure improvements.”