Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Examination

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Examination


Legislation was introduced in 2010 that allows local councils to set a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). A CIL allows councils to raise funds from developers carrying out building projects in their area, for spending on infrastructure such as new schools, open space or public transport. Following consultation on South Gloucestershire’s Draft Charging Schedule in May/June 2014 the Council has now submitted the following documents for Examination in accordance with Regulation 19 of the CIL regs 2010 (as amended).

Relevant Evidence

Information regarding the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule can be found at

Information regarding the Draft Charging Schedule consultation can be found at


Requests to be heard

Any person may request to be heard at the examination in respect of the modifications to the draft charging schedule (see Statement of Modifications). Requests should be made in writing by 5pm on Wednesday 22 October 2014. Please clearly indicate to which modification you wish to be heard.

  • By email to:; or
  • By letter to: Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team, Department for Environment and Community Services, PO Box 299, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 0DR.

Availability of documents

The documents are available for inspection, 8.45am - 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays and 8.45am - 4.30pm Thursdays and Fridays, at the Council’s One-Stop Shops:

  • Thornbury Library, St Mary Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AA
  • Yate, Kennedy Way, BS37 4DQ (access via West Walk)
  • Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 9TR
  • Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5PE

The documents are also available to view at South Gloucestershirelibraries (please refer to for locations and opening times).

Please note that comments received, including personal details, cannot be kept confidential.  If you make a comment from time to time we may contact you to seek your views about other planning consultations and projects.  Periodically, you may also be invited to give us your views about our service.


Next steps

The Examiner will be notified of any request to be heard. Any person that makes such a request will be notified by the Examination Programme Officer of the arrangements for the Examination as soon as possible.

If you have previously requested to be heard at the Examination and would now like to withdraw that request, or require further information or assistance, or if you would like to be removed from the Council’s planning policy mailing list, please contact the Strategic Planning Policy & Specialist Advice Team by email to or by telephone to 01454 86 3464.


 Update from Inspector: 20th October 2014

The Inspector has asked that the following documents are published on the Examination website:


Update from Council: 23rd October 2014

The Inspector requested at paragraph 3.7 of his questions that the Council should publish immediately the additional evidence which has been shared with some representors or has been referred to in the Council's responses. At the time of submission the Council was in ongoing discussion with Savills (representing the Developers Consortium) and Tetlow King (representing SW Harp). Discussions were focussed around residential sales values, site coverage, benchmark sites and net:gross site ratios (see Council response – Issue 4 pg 13 of CIL2). The Council would clarify therefore that Information exchanged with these representors in respect of these issues and ongoing discussions is shown at appendix 7, 8 & 9 of CIL 2, plus the unpublished additional documents below with respect to sales values and revised housing mixes.


Examination update: 11th November 2014

In accordance with the Inspectors advice note and regulation 21 of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended), the following respondents have confirmed that they wish to be heard at the examination. The issues with which they wish to be heard are also attached below:

Representatives of Cribbs Mall, John Baylis Ltd & Baylis Estates

Representatives of Transport for Greater Bristol, Southwest Transport Network & Rail Futures


Examination update: 19th November 2014

The following responses have been received to the Inspectors Pre-hearing Questions:

South Glos Council

Representatives of Cribbs Mall, John Baylis Ltd & Baylis Estates

Tetlow King


Examination update: 04th December 2014

Please find below two documents published in relation to the South Gloucestershire CIL examination:


Hearing Programme published: 04th December 2014

The Hearing Programme is now available for the CIL examination on 10th December 2014:


Examination update: 05th December 2014

On 1st of December the Inspector requested that by 8th December 2014:

'The Council respond to the key concern of Tetlow King as set out in their statement under Q3.5 regarding Local Benchmarking. In particular, that the local sampling of sites referred to in the Guidance requires more than just the checking of some assumptions, such as regarding density, but requires a full working through of all matters including section 106 costs and affordable housing provision, so as to provide a full local reality check. I am not asking for more viability evidence, but for a brief explanation as to why the nature of the local sampling used was considered adequate and consistent with the Guidance’. 

The Council has published the following response to this request:


Examination update: 12th December 2014

The examination was closed on 10th December 2014.

The Inspector stated that his report would be available before Jan 31st 2015. The Inspector also requested the Council respond to the following question:

'Does the Council consider that the Draft Charging Schedule is sufficiently clear in its reference to Small sites that fall below the affordable housing threshold, particularly given the recent Ministerial Written Statement on 28 November 2014 concerning Support for small scale developers, custom and self-builders which, among other matters, increased the national policy threshold for seeking contributions for affordable housing. Could there be uncertainty as to whether the development plan or national policy defined this threshold. Should the latter now take precedence? If I were to conclude that there was a lack of clarity, what would the Council suggest as the remedy?'

The Council's response will follow.


Examination update: 17th December 2014

The Council has now published its response to the Inspector's question set out in the update of 12th December.

The response is given in the following documents:


Examination update: 22nd January 2015

The Council has now received the Inspector's report for 'fact check'. It is expected that the report will be published in early February.


Examination update: 6th February 2015

The Council has now received the Inspector's report. In accordance with Section 212(8) of the Planning Act 2008 and 23 of the CIL Regulations (2010 as amended), the examiners recommendations are published (below). Copies will also be made available at the Council’s offices, libraries and one stop shops. Please see the 'availability of documents' section above for more information. The Council now intends to take reports to its Policy & Resources Committee on 13th March and Council Committee on 18th March 2015 in order to adopt the Charges. Committee agendas will shortly be available on the Council’s ‘Meetings’ web pages at:  


Update: 23rd March 2015

The Council’s CIL Charging Schedule and CIL & S106 Guide where adopted by Council on 18th March 2015. The Council expects to commence charging CIL from the 1st August 2015.


This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    19 Sep 2014 at 19:00
  • Closed
    1 Apr 2015 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Planning policy & strategy
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
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Contact Details

By email to:; or

By letter to: Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team, Department for Environment and Community Services, PO Box 299, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 0DR.