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Brighton Council Proposes New CIL Levy

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Brighton council is seeking feedback on what charges should be levied on future developments, including student accommodation.

The new charge could contribute £2m a year towards Brighton and Hove's infrastructure, with developers paying a financial contribution to the council when they want to build new homes, shops or student accommodation, depending on the size of the development.

Residents and business have been given six weeks to comment on the proposed charges that would be bought in under a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

This marks the second consultation on the idea, with feedback being sought on what the charges should be for each development type.

The levy could range from £50 per square metre for shopping unit developments to £175 per square metre for purpose-built student accommodation and new residential housing.

Commenting on the proposals, councillor Julie Cattell, chair of Brighton and Hove's planning committee said the CIL will ensure developers add value to the city, adding: "It's therefore extremely important that our residents, businesses, investors and developers get involved in the consultation."

"We have to strike the right balance between gaining income for our residents and ensuring we still make it viable for developers to build in the city."

Funds raised from the CIL will replace off-site payments and will be charged on wider range of developments, with the council allowed to spend the money on infrastructure projects in any way they see fit.