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PR 53 - CIL Needs Recovery Clause

05 August 2008

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) guidelines must contain a clause which allows funding to be recovered by those who have paid the CIL if local authorities fail to deliver the promised infrastructure in a reasonable time frame.

The Government today announced that local authorities will be able to charge a CIL from next year. The levy is designed to ensure that those businesses set to benefit from development contribute to the installation of essential infrastructure like roads, schools and sanitation networks which are delivered by local authorities.

RTPI Policy Director Rynd Smith said; \"It is right that those businesses which will benefit from development help pay for the underlying public infrastructure which the development requires. However, where businesses have been asked to help fund a specific project they are entitled to expect their contribution to be used to meet the broad purposes of the levy. They should also be entitled to take steps to recover a proportion of the levy if the funding has not being appropriately spent in a reasonable time frame.

\"The Government needs to make sure that there is a mechanism within the CIL which allows contributors to appeal to an independent body if, after a reasonable length of time, they feel their local authority has not used the funds properly. If it is deemed appropriate contributors should be allowed to seek a refund. That would serve the dual purpose of providing businesses with greater confidence in the system as well as discouraging local authorities from inappropriately hoarding cash contributions.\"

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Dale Atkinson, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479 dale.atkinson@rtpi.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people. We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space. Through our 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

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