CIL demands prompt further expansion at council

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 20 Feb 2015

Wokingham planning office

A local authority has expanded its planning team ahead of the introduction of its new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in April.

Wokingham Borough Council has recruited planner Brendan Troy from Peterborough City Council to be its service manager for the council's CIL.

Assistant delivery programme director Tracey Coleman told Planning: “The charge comes into affect on 6 April and we have four strategic development locations for 10,000 homes.

“We want to make sure the money we've taken through section 106 agreements and all the processes are lined up so when we move to the CIL we have the capacity to deliver infrastructure.”

She said Wokingham had the highest CIL rate across the UK outside of central London and the planning department was undergoing big expansion, recruiting 15 staff in the last 18 months.

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