The amount of money developers give to communities is being reassessed.

Lichfield District Council has launched a consultation scheme regarding the amount of money which is paid per square metre of new developments. This cash is then used to pay for infrastructure improvements, including the provision of education, health or leisure facilities, parks, flood defences and the transport network.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and development, said: “As a local authority we can decide whether to charge this levy.

“In the past we have successfully used section 106 agreements to invest in and improve local infrastructure to support our growing communities. However, these agreements are restrictive, and the Community Infrastructure Levy will provide an alternative means of funding that is more flexible.”

The consultation will run until April 22. The council is holding a drop-in session for anyone interested in finding out more at Wade Street Church Hall in Lichfield on April 1 from 3.30pm to 6pm.

“It’s really important that we set the levy rates at the right amount,” Cllr Pritchard added. “If it’s too high, the levy could deter investment in the district. However, setting it too low might not deliver the infrastructure needed locally.

“We hope plenty of people will come to our information event and feed their views into the consultation.”

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