We will be asking residents how developers pay for infrastructure during development work

Developers planning on new building works could potentially be charged in a different way to develop infrastructure such as roads and greenspaces.

What is The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is an important part of development in the area and additional charges help ensure new builds contribute towards new infrastructure such as road schemes and other works to improve areas.

What’s changing?

We are planning on improving the way it charges developers to pay for the new infrastructure and wants residents and developers to have their say.

Where will the money be spent?

The levy is a charge that local authorities can set on new developments to raise funds for the infrastructure, facilities and services – such as schools or transport improvements – needed to support new homes and businesses.

We have reviewed the charge rates for CIL

We have reviewed the charge rates for CIL in line with revised national guidance. This will see the CIL rates set so they ensure that developments are viable, as it considers other costs that will be applied such as affordable housing.

Ensuring growth is promoted

It will also help ensure that growth is promoted in the areas where it’s appropriate and required – as set out in the Kirklees Local Plan.

When is the consultation?

The consultation, which begins at 9am on 20 May, will run for four weeks to 5pm on 17 June.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Economy, said:

“This will bring a number of benefits for Kirklees and will help us support our ambitious vision for growth within the district up to 2031, as set out in the Local Plan.

The CIL is a fairer, faster and more transparent system for funding the new infrastructure we need to support the growth we want in Kirklees.

This way of charging gives us better transparency for local people, because they will be able to directly see how new developments are contributing to their community. It also enables us to allocate a share of the levy raised in a neighbourhood to deliver infrastructure the local community wants and needs.”

Where can I get copies of the documents?

You can read more about the proposals and consultation.

Paper copies of the documents can also be viewed at Huddersfield and Dewsbury Customer Service Centres:

8 comments

  • All money raised should be allocated to the area where the development has taken place.

  • This will be fine if the levy does go on the infrastructure and not in the Councils coffers for their pay rises.

  • Patrice Oliver

    The CIL should be ring-fenced for that development and paid in advance of breaking ground.

  • I agree with John. If the funds are ring-fenced for that area’s direct benefit. Although, I do appreciate that this may not always be possible in the immediate/short term. As a holistic view has to be taken to overall service provision with any large plan like this! I think as long as the council are open and honest 🤣 with their plans and vision, local communities can hopefully understand and be happy with the end result once delivered on time and in budget!!

  • Adrian Burridge

    Residents should be made aware that these charges affect the cost of their home.

  • William Roebuck

    I am in favour in principle but all that will happen is New Housing Developers will increase their house prices by the same amount plus their %age profit on the sum. Would a separate payment by the house purchaser keep the sum charged to a minimum.

  • Scott Maddocks

    We desperately need to put aside more wild green space for wildlife! Growth is destroying nature and pushing it to the extent it will be lost for ever

  • This appears to be an additional tax, how do locals determine that the monies raised has been allocated to that local area rather than being swallowed into the broader coffers of the council?

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