New Government research project on the Community Infrastructure Levy for team led by Real Estate & Planning

2 April 2015

New Government research project on the Community Infrastructure Levy for team led by Real Estate & Planning

Henley Business School has been appointed by the Department for Communities and Local Government to research the value, impact and delivery of the Community Infrastructure Levy.

A research team led by the University Of Reading and Three Dragons, together with David Lock Associates and Smiths Gore, has been appointed by the UK Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government to undertake research on the value, impact and delivery of the Community Infrastructure Levy. Pete Wyatt, REP's Professor of Real Estate Appraisal, will lead the project and is joined by Dr Emma Street (also from REP), Lin Cousins and Kathleen Dunmore from Three Dragons, Rebecca McAllister from Smiths Gore and Heather Pugh from David Lock Associates. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (or CIL) enables local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed to support the development of the area. Introduced in 2010, it is a relatively new mechanism which affects local planning authorities, developers and landowners.  The Government has committed to review CIL and the aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive evidence base that will inform this review of CIL in 2015.

There are five research areas to be addressed: 

1)    How much the levy is raising and what it is being spent on;

2)    The types of development that are paying the levy;

3)    The impact of the levy on development viability;

4)    The neighbourhood portion of the levy;

5)    The practical operation of the levy.

The research builds on a major study, conducted by the same research team, which investigated the impact of Section 106 agreements on development viability and delivery of affordable housing.

 

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