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Self builders are to be exempted from the Community Infrastructure Levy

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15 April 2013

Following extensive lobbying by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA) the Government has today published proposals that would mean self builders won't have to pay the controversial Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge.

The news has been warmly welcomed by self builders across the country – some of whom had been faced by a potential bill of £20-30,000, or more. A survey conducted by NaSBA last year suggested that one in eight would-be self builders had given up on their plans because of the additional cost of the CIL. In the summer of last year the (then) Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, agreed to see what could be done after lots of lobbying from across the sector.

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#15 Labouchere 2014-01-25 17:29
Is there any update available as to when this might happen for CIL or for S.106?
I am faced with £35000 of S.106. Has anyone tried negotiating a S.106 agreement with a clause nullifying the deed if the government issue instructions to exempt self-builders?
 
 
#14 Valerie Bearne 2013-07-08 09:50
S106 is not included in the proposed exemption, S106 and CIL are totally different parts of the daylight robbery being inflicted on anyone building a single property. Are you sure it was ONLY a S106 you signed as this can be negotiated.

However, as you have already signed I suspect you are out of luck.

I suggest that as and when the exemption starts, you apply for a fresh planning permission. Assuming you've won the appeal, the LPA will have fewer grounds for a refusal of the principle of building there.
 
 
#13 David Ramsay 2013-07-07 12:34
Quoting Derek Lydiate:
Quoting Roger Howard:
Does anyone have any information as to whether relief is retrospective. I am mid way through a planning appeal and want to know when the changes will take effect. At the moment the Local Authority require more than £110,000 for the construction of two houses for myself and my daughters family if planning is approved.q


Did anyone come up with an answer? I am facing a £30,000.00 bill also and was forced to sign the S106 document to get planning permission.


S106 is not included in the proposed exemption, S106 and CIL are totally different parts of the daylight robbery being inflicted on anyone building a single property. Are you sure it was ONLY a S106 you signed as this can be negotiated.

However, as you have already signed I suspect you are out of luck.
 
 
#12 Derek Lydiate 2013-07-07 12:16
Quoting Roger Howard:
Does anyone have any information as to whether relief is retrospective. I am mid way through a planning appeal and want to know when the changes will take effect. At the moment the Local Authority require more than £110,000 for the construction of two houses for myself and my daughters family if planning is approved.q


Did anyone come up with an answer? I am facing a £30,000.00 bill also and was forced to sign the S106 document to get planning permission.
 
 
#11 David Ramsay 2013-05-10 21:45
Quoting Roger Howard:
Does anyone have any information as to whether relief is retrospective. I am mid way through a planning appeal and want to know when the changes will take effect. At the moment the Local Authority require more than £110,000 for the construction of two houses for myself and my daughters family if planning is approved.q

All I can say is disgusting, send this to Eric Pickles and David Camsron.

As to retrospective I would suggest unlikely, I would appeal on the grounds that it makes the development uneconomic.

Your only alternative is to withdraw the application and wait.
 
 
#10 Roger Howard 2013-05-10 21:34
Does anyone have any information as to whether relief is retrospective. I am mid way through a planning appeal and want to know when the changes will take effect. At the moment the Local Authority require more than £110,000 for the construction of two houses for myself and my daughters family if planning is approved.q
 
 
#9 Antony Atkins 2013-04-29 17:38
I agree with those who think this rule is extremely unfair on small developers and builders: why should self-builders be exempt from CIL, yet developers who want to build one or two houses are fully taxed?

Self-builders already benefit from a massive tax break because they do not pay capital gains tax on their principal private residences, so it seems unduly harsh on small builders to effectively tax them out of competition for small sites by letting self-builders off £25-50,000+ of CIL tax.

CIL, like S106, is inherently unfair because it taxes new houses as if they were some kind of imposition on a community, rather than a benefit that should be welcomed. Why should existing householders and businesses pay nothing for new infrastructure? And no, the CIL does *not* fall on the landlowner: small sites with planning permission are so rare, estate agents selling the land at 45% GDV and higher invariably require the CIL/S106 to be paid on top by the builder!
 
 
#8 David Ramsay 2013-04-15 22:32
Have read the consultation document and submitted my comments.

@Paul Richards: I agree with you, but I would go further, CIL was legalised robbery, if the infrastructure is needed then all council tax payers should be charged for the improvement NOT just the new builds.

What remains is the control over section 106, I can see councils attempting to recover lost costs in a section 106, this MUST NOT be allowed to happen.
 
 
#7 Paul Richards 2013-04-15 17:07
Self Build reflects the community, if groups get that big then they will have to think of providing community facilities for themselves and that will be included in the schemes, which the larger developers will never do. I would prefer these elements to be part of the community thinking rather than dictated by finance and legislation from central government, and abused by local government.
 
 
#6 Simon Pugh 2013-04-15 15:02
Schools? Local play areas? Playing fields? Community halls/buildings ? etc etc....
OK for the 'odd self built home', but what about the cumulative impact on infrastructure of the hundreds of homes sought (to make a difference) in each local authority?
If self builders are exempt, then why do developers have to pay?
 

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