21 November 2019

Consultation about additional form for planning applications  

We want your views on including a new form with planning applications.
We’d like to add a form for the community infrastructure levy to be part of the supporting information provided by residents, agents and developers when they submit planning applications.

Take part in the consultation

Brighton & Hove is proposing to introduce a community infrastructure levy (CIL) from June 2020 which will require developers to pay a financial contribution to the council, depending on the size and type of their scheme. The new form will be added to the checklists for planning applications from March to prepare for the introduction of the levy. Final approval to introduce the community infrastructure levy will be made at the council meeting in April. 
CIL payments can be spent on supporting infrastructure, including schools, transport, parks, health and other community facilities. 

Checklists to help the planning process

Supporting information helps us assess planning applications by taking into account context and impact. On bigger applications this could include information about protected trees, wildlife or noise. The information is needed before an application can be registered as ‘valid.’
When a planning application is submitted we will check that all the required information has been included. This is called the ‘validation’ process. Following checks the planning application will be published online for people to view and make representations.
To help people with their applications we have developed checklists that set out what information is required for different types of development and applications. 
Councillor Tracey Hill, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: “Having better quality information makes it easier for everybody to understand what is proposed. The checklists also enable residents, planning agents and developers to go straight to the sections that apply to them.
“Having the right information submitted at the start also helps our officers validate and assess planning applications and CIL requirements to provide a more streamlined service that is easier for everyone to use.”

What happens next

Closing date for your views is 15 December 2019. The results of the consultation will be reported to the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee on 16 January 2020.

Find out more about the Community Infrastructure Levy.

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