West Norfolk Council is consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule if it decides to introduce a community infrastructure levy.
The levy allows local authorities to raise fund from developers undertaking projects to help lever in investment for a wide range of infrastructure needed to support such developments.
Whilst the levy would not necessarily pay for everything required, it would help ensure that growth in the area would be achieved through planned and carefully considered development with the right infrastructure in place.
Nick Daubney, council leader, said: “Councils are not obliged to have a community infrastructure levy, but the use of S106 agreements, previously used to secure funds from developers for infrastructure improvements, is being restricted.
“Introducing a levy ensures that developers contribute towards the infrastructure that is required. As part of the process we have to ensure that sites are viable and that we have identified the potential projects that the levy collected could fund.”
“Following consultation with stakeholders, we have undertaken a viability study and now we are asking people to have a look at the draft documents and let us have their views.
“Once the consultation has been completed, we will consider the responses before determining the next steps.
“No decision has been taken at this point in time as to whether or not the council will introduce the levy or what the rate will be.”
Details of the draft charging schedule, along with supporting documents including a list of potential projects that could be funded from the collected levy is available on the borough council’s website www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay.
Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, February 27.
If, following the consultation, the council decides to introduce a levy, a further draft document would need to be drawn up for examination by the planning inspector.