Draft levy proposes £100 a metre store charge for West Norfolk infrastructure

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Developers could have to pay up to £100 per square metre towards the cost of future infrastructure needs in West Norfolk under new proposals.

The plans have been put forward in a draft community infrastructure levy (CIL) charging schedule, which was approved by the borough council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

The measures now have to go before the full council later this month before a wider consultation is undertaken.

The levy allows local authorities to raise cash from firms undertaking development projects to put towards infrastructure needs, such as improved transport and health provision.

Under the latest plans, the highest charge, £100 per square metre, would be charged on supermarket or retail warehouse developments.

Most of the money would be generated from housing schemes, with a levy of £60 per square metre proposed for sites in northern and eastern parts of the borough and £40 per square metre for southern and western areas.

However, the proposed levy for Lynn is just £10 per square metre, while no levy at all is envisaged at six “strategic sites” where at least 150 homes are planned.

They include the Boal Quay area of Lynn and land to the south of Parkway, plus West Winch, the Bankside area of West Lynn, land to the east of Lynn Road, Downham and sites on the fringe of Wisbech.