Communities benefit from new development levy

Communities in North Somerset are benefiting directly from a new levy on developments.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by North Somerset Council earlier this year to help deliver much-needed infrastructure in the area.

Developers are required to pay the levy to help fund the cost of infrastructure such as schools and transport improvements.

To ensure local communities benefit first-hand, town and parish councils get a share of the CIL income from developments in their area.

Fifteen per cent of the money paid by the developer goes to the town or parish council where the development takes place. This increases to 25 per cent if the council has an adopted neighbourhood plan.

The rest goes to North Somerset Council to spend on infrastructure to support development.

The first CIL payments will see a total of just under £12,000 go to five town and parish councils to spend on local facilities:

  • Long Ashton (who have an adopted neighbourhood plan) – £7,215
  • Weston-super-Mare – £2,156
  • Pill and Easton-in-Gordano – £1,075
  • Portishead – £720
  • Nailsea – £642.

“Payments to town and parish councils will be made every six months giving them direct control over how the money is spent in their local communities,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for planning.

“The new levy, which partially replaces section 106 agreements, will also result in increased transparency about the contributions that developers make. An annual report will be published setting out how much money is received and how it is spent.”