Proposed Community Infrastructure Levy in Northamptonshire

Published May 12th, 2015

With the imminent introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy in parts of Northamptonshire, additional development charges of as much as £30,000 per house could be levied in some rural areas.

Planning specialists at Berrys are urging clients to submit planning applications for new residential development as soon as possible to avoid this local development tax that especially penalises rural housing.

“Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Borough Council have been looking into introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge since 2012 and have consulted twice on the level the charge should be set at,” explained Val Coleby of Berrys.

“The CIL is a charge on new development levied by the local authority to help deliver infrastructure to support development in their area.  On May 13, 2015 the introduction of the levy in Northamptonshire will be tested by an independent inspector at an examination.

“If the inspector agrees the level of the charge is appropriate the three authorities can start to charge on new development,” she said.

The authorities are proposing to charge only against residential and retail development at the proposed rate per square metre:

Urban residential – £50 per square metre

Rural residential – £150 to £200 per square metre

Retail – £100 per square metre

“This means that for a modest sized house of 150 square metres in urban areas the Council will require the sum of £7,500 and up to £30,000 in rural areas, payable when development commences,” said Val.

Advance notice must be given before the charge is implemented. Daventry District Council says CIL could be in by August and all applications submitted to that authority now have to include a CIL liability form, making planning applications even more complex.

“With this levy now looming, we are advising a number of clients to submit planning applications for new residential development at the earliest opportunity to avoid this heavy development taxation charge in the rural areas in particular,” she added.

Self-build development is exempt from CIL provided you live in the property for three years.

For further details and planning advice, contact the planning team at Berrys on 01536 532388 or email

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More about Val Coleby

BSc(Hons) Dip TP Dip LM MRTPI
Planning Consultant
Tel: 01536 532388
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Val has over 25 years’ planning experience in both the public and private sectors giving her a well-rounded professional career. She qualified as a Chartered Town Planner in 1987 and has qualifications in both planning and management.

Val has extensive knowledge of the planning system including development control, heritage and conservation and planning policy development. She has prepared and coordinated numerous planning applications both large and small managing multi-disciplinary teams. Val has acted for a number of local authorities and private clients as an expert planning witness in planning appeals. She also has a good understanding and working knowledge of the Community Infrastructure Levy and its progress of implementation across the country, rural planning issues and farm diversification opportunities. Having been closely involved in the development of planning policy in the public sector gives her an insight into unravelling policy for her private client interests.