Parish councils urged to draw up a neighbourhood plan to feel full benefit of new Community Infrastructure Levy

A councillor says communities will soon feel the benefit of a a new charging structure for developments in Lichfield and Burntwood – but has urged parish councils to make sure they’re getting their full share of the money.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will see developers pay into a funding pool based on the size and type of development.

The move has been criticised in some quarters, with one Conservative councillor saying it risked creating a two-tier system as certain areas will receive less due to being classified as ‘low value’.

But with the CIL being introduced from June 13, Lichfield District Council is urging parish councils to ensure they benefit from the income generated.

Cllr Ian Pritchard

Cllr Ian Pritchard

Areas with a neighbourhood plan will receive a quarter of CIL cash, while those without will collect just 15%, capped at £100 per new property.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet member for economic growth, development and environment at Lichfield District Council, said: “The Community Infrastructure Levy is an important resource to make sure that developments help to fund local infrastructure.

“Parish councils that have a neighbourhood plan in place will benefit even further from any developments in their areas as they will be entitled to keep more of the funds raised.

“This will hopefully inspire more parishes to join our ever growing number that have taken neighbourhood planning into their own hands.”

CIL cash can be used to pay for improvements, such as providing education, health or leisure facilities, or improving parks, flood defences and the transport network.

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