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Castle Point Borough Council will be closed from Christmas Eve and will re-open for telephone enquiries and pre-booked office appointments at 8.45 am on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Castle Point Borough Council would like to wish all residents a very happy and safe Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)


The Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule consultation will take place from
3rd November until 3rd December 2021 

Relevant Documents

The documents below provide relevant background information for the CIL consultation: 

Castle Point Draft CIL Information Sheet November 2021.pdf [pdf] 301KB

Castle Point Draft CIL Consultation Booklet November 2021.pdf [pdf] 995KB

Castle Point Draft CIL Charging Schedule November 2021.pdf [pdf] 279KB

Castle Point CIL Viability Study August 2021.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2020.pdf [pdf] 3MB

The response booklet is provided in Word and pdf format below, this document can be completed and sent to or by post to Castle Point Borough Council, Planning Policy, Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TF

Castle Point Draft CIL Response Form November 2021.pdf [pdf] 184KB  

Castle Point Draft CIL Response Form November 2021.docx [docx] 49KB

Summary of CIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally set charge on new development that authorities can choose to introduce across their area. It is based on the size and type of development and once set is mandatory to pay and non-negotiable. The funds raised must be used to provide infrastructure which is required to support new development across the area.  Levy rates are set out within a CIL Charging Schedule.

Currently when new development proposals are approved by the Council, it is common for an agreement to be made (known as a planning obligation, section 106 agreement or developer contribution) for developers to either provide new or improved infrastructure, or financial contributions towards the provision of new or improved infrastructure in the area.  This could include highways improvements, new or improved parks and play facilities, and services and facilities such as new or improved schools and health facilities.  

The CIL will not replace the Council’s current methods of obtaining infrastructure and funding through planning obligations.  The CIL provides an additional mechanism to obtain financial contributions towards new and improved infrastructure.   

In November 2019 the Council resolved to start the process of introducing CIL into the borough. The table below highlights the process that needs to be followed for CIL to be introduced. As per Regulation 14, a CIL Viability Study has been prepared and can be accessed under 'Relevant Documents' above. 


Key tasks in the preparation of the submission of a CIL Charging Schedule as outlined in the CIL Regulations

Relevant CIL Regulation


Regulation 14

The preparation of an evidence base to inform the production and publication of a draft Charging Schedule.  This has been undertaken through the production of the CIL Viability Study.   

Regulation 16

Publication of the draft Charging Schedule for public consultation.

Regulation 17

Review and assess consultation representations and amend the draft Schedule to take account of comments as necessary. 

Regulation 19

Submission of the draft Charging Schedule for independent examination. Submission documents include the draft Charging Schedule, a consultation statement, and a statement of modifications setting out changes made since the Regulation 16 consultation.