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Cambridge City Council Submission Draft Local Plan 2014 – Policy 85: Infrastructure delivery, planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy

Policy 85: Infrastructure delivery, planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy

Permission will only be granted if it can be demonstrated that there is, or will be, sufficient infrastructure capacity to support and meet all the requirements arising from the new development. Where existing infrastructure will be placed under strain due to the impact of new development, improvements to existing infrastructure or compensatory provision should be made so that an appropriate level of infrastructure is maintained.

Infrastructure provision will reflect the Council’s priorities for infrastructure set out in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Infrastructure Delivery Study and its successor documents. The Council will work positively with neighbouring authorities and Cambridgeshire County Council on infrastructure issues, including the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which the Council is committed to introducing in 2014. Until the introduction of the CIL, and to a lesser degree thereafter, the Council will continue to use planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to ensure developer contributions towards necessary infrastructure are maximised.

Planning permission for new developments will only be supported/permitted where there are suitable arrangements for the improvement or provision and phasing of infrastructure, services and facilities necessary to make the scheme acceptable in planning terms.

Planning obligations and/or a future CIL could be required for the following:

  1. transport infrastructure
  2. public transport
  3. drainage and flood protection
  4. waste recycling facilities
  5. education
  6. healthcare
  7. leisure and recreation facilities
  8. community and social facilities
  9. cultural facilities, including public art
  10. emergency services
  11. green infrastructure
  12. open space
  13. affordable housing

The above list is not exhaustive and there may be scope for requiring developer contributions towards a wider range of infrastructure measures. Contributions could also be used to secure ongoing maintenance where this is deemed appropriate.

The introduction of CIL in 2014 will be accompanied by a review of the Council’s guidance on planning obligations, and will ensure that the range and level of contributions towards local infrastructure needs are kept up to date and maximised in the context of emerging CIL practice and guidance.

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