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Call for CIL exemption for self builders

16 January 2013

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has prompted much debate over how it should be instilled, and even its validity, for some who want to embrace self building.

Now, a Labour MP has called on the Government to think again about how CIL payments of up to £35,000 could hinder those wish to build a home of their own. 

John Mann (pictured), the Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire states, in his Early Day Motion, that 'people are already abandoning plans to build a house because of these new taxes'.

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#3 David Ramsay 2013-03-04 23:04
My feelings is that because local authorities are being constrained by central government on the council tax they can charge then they are looking to recoup lost income (which really should come from council tax) by placing a hefty burden on self builders.

Both CIL and Section 106 are no more than plain robbery IMHO and they then expect us to pay council tax on top!
 
 
#2 Jeremy Harris 2013-02-05 16:55
I believe, based on comment read on several self-build web sites and personal experience, that CIL (and the other hefty taxes being levied on self-builders) won't end up coming off the price of the plot, but will just be another build cost that will make many self-build projects less attractive.

Had we incurred either CIL or the £15,000 "affordable housing levy" (funny thing to charge someone building a small 2 bedroom affordable house!) we'd have had to just put the plot back on the market and give up the idea of self-build, as the extra cost would have resulted in paying several thousand pounds more than the finished house could possibly have been worth.
 
 
#1 Simon Pugh 2013-01-20 11:13
What is everyone's view as to how this 'efficiency' is actually passed on to the self builder? Will the landowner simply not not add the 'value' on to the plot?
If you owned a plot of land that wouldn't atrract CIL, wouldn't you want the extra money in your pocket?
 

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