Community Infrastructure Levy: Neighbourhood Planning toolkit

This toolkit aims to help those involved in Neighbourhood Planning to consider the issues of infrastructure provision and improvement in their neighbourhood development plan.

Planning infrastructure at neighbourhood level can be complicated due to the number of bodies involved and the uncertainties of funding and investment available.   But there are ways to do this in cooperation with authorities who have planning responsibilities for all kinds of infrastructure.

The introduction of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) provides ways for Qualifying Bodies who prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) to have access to it or influence over its spending.  This means that they can direct CIL investment to support the ambitions of their NDP with funding from the levy.

The tool kit offers some information on the things that are needed to understand how the process of infrastructure planning operates and the stakeholders involved.   It summarises this process in an ‘at a glance’ step by step guide to enable Qualifying Bodies to include community infrastructure proposals and policies in their NDP.

The tool kit includes:

  • Essential information about Community Infrastructure planning and the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Examples of infrastructure planning policies and proposals from other Neighbourhood Plans that have been agreed for inclusion in local decisions about development made by local planning authorities.
  • A step by step guide to considering planning for community infrastructure in a Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • A Glossary of the terms used in Infrastructure Planning, CIL and the stakeholders who have an involvement in planning infrastructure at District and Neighbourhood level.

This guide was written by Lorraine Hart, Community Land Use

Community Infrastructure Levy: Neighbourhood Planning toolkit (313.9KB pdf)

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