Following on from Beverley's post yesterday, I am reporting back on some of the points raised in last night's very useful CILent Night seminar, organised by the BPF.
Mark Lee of CLG confirmed that ministers were considering further regulatory reforms in response to feedback, so undoubtedly we have not seen the last of the CIL legislation yet.
Mark made it clear that the purpose of the new guidance was partly to reflect broader changes, such as the introduction of the NPPF, the 2012 regulations and the provisions of the Localism Act relating to examiners' recommendations, but also to reflect feedback and best practice. As Bev said yesterday, more is now said on the relationship with s106 agreements, and on the use of differential rates. Emphasis was also put on the need for authorities to ensure that CIL does not threaten the delivery of their local plans.
There was still some concern over the ability of CIL to consider the viability of specific sites (at the rate setting and payment stages), rather than only looking at the area as a whole, although an increased emphasis on the Reg 55 discretionary relief was noted.
Concern also remains over the lack of certainty about when and how an authority will actually spend the CIL receipts, with developers being keen for more thought to delivery in kind options.
A running theme was certainly the need for further, or increased, collaboration between the private and public sectors (and indeed within those sectors) - in relation to the setting of rates, the use of other funding streams, the drafting of local plans, cross boundary discussions...
In the meantime, stand by for an announcement on the percentage of CIL which is to go to local communities - this is expected shortly (although not before Christmas!).