By Ian Dipple Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: 29/10 17:10
DEVELOPERS building houses and retail premises in Alcester and Studley will face a new charge to help fund infrastructure improvements.
Stratford District Council is set to launch a consultation on Thursday (October 31) on its proposed Community Infrastructure Levy, which will be introduced from 2014 and is part of Government planning changes.
It means councils can place a charge on new developments to raise money to build or extend schools, transport links, community and sports facilities.
If approved the levy will be used to help fund the 9,000 plus homes planned across the district up to 2030 including more than 3,000 in Alcester and Studley.
The proposals would see developers pay £150 per square metre for new residential development and £120 per square metre for new retail premises.
Homes built as part of a new settlement or extension to a sustainable urban site would incur a lower charge of £60 to £100 as it is expected devlopers would pay directly for any necessary infrastructure through section 106 planning agreements.
There will be no charge for building employment, hotel and leisure developments as officers do not believe it is currently viable. Rates will be reviewed in three to five years time.
Council leader Chris Saint said: "The funds we raise from the Community Infrastructure Levy will make a vital contribution to providing the essential infrastructure and community facilities needed to support development proposed in the Core Strategy."
The proposed charges are being consulted on for six weeks until Friday, December 13. Visit www.stratford.gov.uk/cil2013, libraries or the district council's offices for copies of the document.
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