We need clarity on the Infrastructure Levy

ian fletcher

The government’s plan to scrap the section 106 and community infrastructure levy and replace it with a general levy raises some fundamental questions, writes Ian Fletcher

If unexpected visitors arrived at my Grandpa’s flat for lunch, he would mix two tins of soup together. Guests might therefore get Minestrone-a-Leekie, or Cream of Beef Broth!

 Mixing things often comes with risks, and I don’t envy the job of trying to mix section 106 (s106) with the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). As things stand, the new Infrastructure Levy (IL) represents a gamble on affordable housing supply.

The present system of s106 is not universally loved but has delivered 25,500 homes per annum on average over the past three years - just under 50 per cent of all affordable housing delivery. Most units are delivered on site, creating mixed communities.

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