|Your views sought on proposed development charge
Wigan Borough residents have the opportunity to comment on proposals for charges for new building developments.
The Government has introduced legislation requiring developers to contribute to funding new or improved infrastructure needed as a result of development, and Wigan Council is consulting on the proposed charges that developers would be required to pay.
The council is preparing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule which will cover the whole borough. The charges vary depending on the size, type of use and location of the development.
The money raised through the CIL will be used to pay for infrastructure to support development and the creation of sustainable communities. This includes new or safer road schemes, green spaces, education or health facilities.
Deputy leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux, whose portfolio covers planning matters, said: “Our communities need to be assured that appropriate infrastructure will be put in place when development happens. But we also have to recognise that we must strike the right balance between the need to fund infrastructure and promote investment in the local economy. We believe that our proposals will achieve this and we hope that this consultation will be a positive move forwards.”
The charges proposed are for new build developments only and will be payable by the developer building the scheme. Schemes to be charged will include residential development, superstores and supermarkets, retail warehouses and retail parks and restaurants and hot food takeaways. Social housing schemes will be exempt from the charge.
There will be a second consultation in the summer. Proposals will be submitted for examination by an independent Inspector. If approved it is anticipated the new charges will come into effect from April 2015.
The documents are available online now at: www.wigan.gov.uk/communityinfrastructurelevy. They are also available to view at the Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan and in all public libraries during normal opening hours.
The consultation runs until 12 noon on Tuesday 15th April 2014. Electronic representations using the online form are preferred, however, written representations can also be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Planning Policy, Wigan Council, PO Box 100, Wigan, WN1 3DS