On 5 August 2008, the DCLG issued The Community Infrastructure Levy document providing more details on how the CIL will work, how it will be set, paid and spent. It was published alongside the following 2 research reports, Valuing Planning Obligations in England: Update Study for 2005-06 and Common Starting Points for Section 106 Affordable Housing Negotiations.
The CIL will come into force in 2009. Interestingly from a water sector perspective, the policy document offers the following guidance on demand management:
2.24 Pressures placed on natural resources through water consumption, waste and car use mean that authorities will need to think innovatively in the future about how they plan for and meet their infrastructure requirements. An increasingly important component of infrastructure planning is the area of demand management – that is, measures which prevent a need for new or more costly infrastructure from arising. Demand management measures can sometimes be the best and most cost effective solutions to delivering sustainable communities. By their nature demand management measures – frequently used to address transport infrastructure needs – enable authorities to make the most effective use of existing infrastructure.
2.25 To the extent that demand management measures can be defined as infrastructure, the Government is keen that CIL should be used to fund them.
Valuing Planning Obligations in England: Update Study for 2005-06