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Commerical property: new year, new challenge

Commercial property developers will have to grapple with a number of changes in 2014, as the impact of the new pre-application consultation requirements and sustainable urban drainage systems are set to bite, say Alex Ground and James Harris

19 February 2014

The coming year will see a number of changes and decisions that will be of great interest and importance to developers seeking to take advantage of the improved levels of confidence and activity being seen in the market.

Community infrastructure levy reforms

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was brought in by the Planning Act 2008 as a charge on developments primarily based on floor space, with all funds to be spent on local infrastructure.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has now published its response to a consultation on further reforming CIL and amendments to the regulations are proposed for the end of January 2014.

A significant change will prevent developers from being charged twic...

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