Stroud CIL introduction prompts expansion

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 10 Jan 2017

Stroud council officesStroud District Council is expanding its planning team to cope with the introduction of its community infrastructure levy.

The Gloucestershire authority is set to adopt its new CIL next month, and is looking for a senior planning officer and a planning technician to run the scheme.

The move will bring the number of staff in the planning strategy section at the council to 14 from the current 12, according to Pippa Stroud, policy implementation manager for housing, planning and regeneration.

She told Planning: “The planning officer will inspect decisions and calculate relevant charges, collecting the money owed and helping to spend it. The other post is helping with the administration that sits underneath that role.”

The authority is proposing to introduce a rate of £80 per square metre for residential property, although strategic sites and former mills in the Stroud Valley will be exempt in order to encourage development.

In addition, a £75 per square metre charge will apply to supermarkets and retail warehouses.

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