Bristol City Council is moving forward with the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Bristol. The Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will also be amended in order that both CIL and the Council's revised Planning Obligations policies are implemented simultaneously.
 For those interested in finding out more about this rather complex initiative from the Council's Strategic Planning Team.......
Very briefly, the CIL can be summarised as follows:
 The CIL has been set up by the Government as a tax on developers (alongside Section 106) to pay for infrastructure.  Infrastructure includes all public facilities including hospitals and schools and is not limited to transport.  Unlike S 106, CIL is general and not specific i.e. so much for schools and so much for leisure etc.  It is not yet known how this will be calculated.  It may vary from one area to another.  It is of course an indirect tax on new development which enables the government to fund projects without unpopular rises in general taxation.
 Bristol County Council are asking for comments on the following documents:
A CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
A Revision to SPD4 (Planning Obligations)
Consultation on these documents starts on Monday 28 November 2011 and both documents are available on the BCC website at the following links:
Paper copies of the documents will be available to view at Bristol Central Library and the Council House on College Green. Copies of the consultation documents can also be provided by contacting the Strategic Planning Team on (0117) 903 6724.
Comments on either document can be submitted until 20 January 2012, and may be made by email to or by post to:
Jim Cliffe
Planning Obligations Manager
Strategic Planning Team
Bristol City Council
Brunel House
St. Georges Road
For further information please contact the Strategic Planning Team on (0117) 903 6724 or email
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