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Coventry Council Considers Community Infrastructure Levy

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Coventry City Council is considering whether it should introduce a Community Infrastructure Level (CIL) to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the city.

Funds raised from a CIL can be used to fund a range of infrastructure projects, including schools, roads or health facilities.

The level of fees payable by developers would be dependant on the floor space and type of development, with the council particularly interested in how they could be used for student accommodation.

Other local authorities have implemented similar schemes, with Bristol City Council raising £7.3m from CIL charges on student accommodation over the last six years.

During the same period, Oxford City Council has received £7.3m from new student developments, whilst Exeter City Council has received £3.38.

A council report on the idea said: "The levy creates a financial charging system with the majority of building projects potentially qualifying to contribute towards additional infrastructure that is needed to support wider planned development across the city."

"The levy also has far greater certainty in that it provides the basis for a charge in a manner that the planning obligations system alone could not easily achieve."

A CIL would be supplementary to existing S106 contributions, which are agreed between the local authority and the developer, rather than a fixed charge.

The idea of a CIL is still in an early phase and would still need to go through a period of consultation before being adopted.