The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014
With effect from 24 February 2014 the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014 provide inter alia for self-builders to be exempt from paying a levy which until now was placed on most new buildings over a certain size.
The previous charge added considerable cost in some cases to the expense of building a home. For example someone building their own 150 square metre 4-bedroom house could be liable to pay £15,000 in community infrastructure levy if a council was charging £100 per square metre for residential development in that area.
The relief from the community infrastructure levy will cover homes that are owner-occupied and built or commissioned by individuals, families or groups of individuals for their own use.
Extensions and family annexes over a certain size will now be exempt from the levy and the government also intends to consult on removing Section 106 tariff charges from self-build properties. In addition from April there will no longer be a Council Tax surcharge on family annexes.
Exempting self-builders from the levy is the latest in a range of measures to boost the number of people building their own home. They include:
- Making it easier to get a self-build mortgage, the government has been speaking to lenders, and a number are now offering self-build loans; gross self-build lending is predicted to increase by almost half between 2012 and 2015 to £1 billion a year.
- Freeing up more surplus public sector land for self-builders with the Homes and Communities Agency bringing forward a range of sites for custom build homes.
- Introducing a Custom Build Homes Fund which makes available repayable finance for larger multi-unit projects and grant funding for community self-builders who can now apply for a share of funding from the Affordable Homes Guarantees Programme.
- Planning guidance that makes clear councils should help self-builders and establish demand in their area; this includes compiling a local register of people wanting to build a home so they have priority when new brownfield sites become available
Other changes introduced by the regulations include:
- Delaying limitations to the pooling of section 106 agreements until April 2015.
- Allowing local authorities to set differential rates according to the size of developments.
- Allowing local authorities to accept ‘payments in kind’ through the provision of on-site or off-site infrastructure.
- Changing the ‘vacancy test'.
- Creating a requirement to strike an appropriate balance between the need to fund infrastructure from the levy and the economic viability of developments.
This article was created by--Martinc 10:10, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
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