Community Infrastructure Levy consultation – deadline 10th December

From Clare Flowers MRTPI, Principal Planning Officer, Policy, Projects and Heritage Team

Dear LAT Chairs

Thank you for inviting me to come to your meeting on Wednesday.

I hope I passed on the message that we are at the beginning of a statutory process of bringing in a levy and the current consultation (on the consultation portal) is mainly focused on the proposed charging rates for new development and the zones for residential development charges.  As voluntary bodies whose activities benefit the area we are consulting with you. The consultation ends on 10 December.


Consultation on the proposed charges in your area


To find out what proposed zone your area is in see the maps on page 12 – 14 of the  Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. To find out what the proposed charge is for new residential development in your zone see page 7 of the same document (it will either be £175; £150 or £75 per square metre of new residential development).  There is a minimum of 100sq m of residential development allowed before a CIL charge is applied so this does not usually affect household extensions. New units created which are under 100sq m will also be charged for, unless they are self-build or affordable housing units. If you have any comments on this document including the zones or charges then please let us know through the consultation portal. You will see that there are also proposed citywide charges for new purpose built student accommodation and retail.


Neighbourhood Portion


We talked about the neighbourhood portion of the levy which will only be available once the Levy is in place and has been collected for at least 6 months. Please see the timetable for CIL at the bottom of this email.


In localities without a parish/town council this is what the government says about the neighbourhood portion:


‘Communities without a parish, town or community council will still benefit from the 15% neighbourhood portion (or 25% portion, if a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order has been made). If there is no parish, town or community council, the charging authority (in our case Brighton & Hove City Council will be the charging authority) will retain the levy receipts but should engage with the communities where development has taken place and agree with them how best to spend the neighbourhood funding. Charging authorities should set out clearly and transparently their approach to engaging with neighbourhoods using their regular communication tools eg website, newsletters, etc. The use of neighbourhood funds should therefore match priorities expressed by local communities, including priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans.

The government does not prescribe a specific process for agreeing how the neighbourhood portion should be spent. Charging authorities should use existing community consultation and engagement processes. This should include working with any designated neighbourhood forums preparing neighbourhood plans that exist in the area, theme specific neighbourhood groups, local businesses (particularly those working on business led neighbourhood plans), and using networks that ward councillors use. Crucially this consultation should be at the neighbourhood level It should be proportionate to the level of levy receipts and the scale of the proposed development to which the neighbourhood funding relates.

Where the charging authority retains the neighbourhood funding, they can use those funds on the wider range of spending that are open to local councils (see ‘Can the levy be used to deliver Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace?’, and regulation 59C). In deciding what to spend the neighbourhood portion on, the charging authority and communities should consider such issues as the phasing of development, the costs of different projects (eg a new road, a new school), the prioritisation, delivery and phasing of projects, the amount of the levy that is expected to be retained in this way and the importance of certain projects for delivering development that the area needs. Where a neighbourhood plan has been made, the charging authority and communities should consider how the neighbourhood portion can be used to deliver the infrastructure identified in the neighbourhood plan as required to address the demands of development. They should also have regard to the infrastructure needs of the wider area. The charging authority and communities may also wish to consider appropriate linkages to the growth plans for the area and how neighbourhood levy spending might support these objectives.’

(The above paragraph can be found using the following link to government guidance about spending Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): This is the link I said I would supply you with at Wednesday’s meeting.)


In non-parished areas, the City Council will hold the funds, but will work with the local community to decide how to spend the money using the above government guidance including ‘priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans’



Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Planning


We also discussed definitions of neighbourhood. Neighbourhood areas and neighbourhood forums are part of a national programme of neighbourhood planning – a way for local groups to take a lead on planning for the future of their area. In our city we have 4 Neighbourhood Areas. Please click through to the following link for more information about neighbourhood planning in Brighton & Hove:





Here is the timetable for introducing Community Infrastructure Levy:




Date Key Stage
Oct 2017 Publish Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for eight week consultation following Committee resolution
Spring 2018 Following committee resolution, publish for consultation:

  • Draft Charging Schedule (revised following PDCS consultation);
  • Proposed draft annex update to Developer Contributions Technical Guidance intended to operate alongside a CIL Charging Schedule; and
  • Draft CIL Regulation 123 List to identify infrastructure eligible for CIL spending
Autumn 2018 Examination of Draft Charging Schedule and supporting documents
Spring 2019 Adopt CIL charging Schedule following a resolution of Full Council



To conclude, we are not at the stage in the process where there are many concrete answers to specific questions that may arise around the neighbourhood portion.


Like many regulated systems CIL will take a couple of years to bring forward and the amount to be returned back to each neighbourhood is still unclear. For example the proposed charging schedule amounts may be changed as a result of the consultations or by the planning inspector who oversees the examination in public; the local portion returned will be dependent on how much development actually occurs within that area; neighbourhoods may decide to come together and form new neighbourhood areas or forums and create a Neighbourhood Plan; and work is required to understand what local infrastructure communities will prioritise in relation to the sums provided.


I hope this goes some way to make the issues clearer.



Kind Regards


Clare Flowers MRTPI

Principal Planning Officer

Policy, Projects and Heritage Team

City Development and Regeneration

Brighton & Hove City Council

Tel: 01273 290443


Please note that this is an informal officer opinion only and does not prejudice the decision of the Local Planning Authority on any future planning resolution.


Police Precept consultation – deadline 5th January 2018

This is from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office:

Good morning,

The Commissioner has launched a county-wide consultation asking members of the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex to sustain our service.

The Commissioner is very keen that she can reach out to as many residents as possible across the county and the consultation will close at midnight on Friday 5th January 2018. I would be grateful if you could let your members/peers/networks know about the consultation, which is on our website, or can be requested by contacting the office on 01273 481561.

Kind regards

Natacha Skelton
Partnership Development   Officer


information about changes to Autumn bus times #Brighton

Transport Planning
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Telephone: 01273 290000

Dear Sir or Madam


Please find attached details of changes to local bus services that are planned for September 2017. The changes mainly affect commercial bus routes operated by Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel.
Many council-funded bus services are, at the time of writing, subject to tendering: as such there may be changes to these services at a later date. We will update you as soon as any further information is available.
We would welcome any comments you would like to make on the planned bus service changes, or any other public transport issues. Your comments will be taken into consideration when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they are about commercial services.
Timetables for all services from 17 September will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from early September. Full timetables can also be found at or on bus operators’ websites.
If you would like to receive this information by email instead of letter in future, please would you email with your full name, the first line from your postal address and your preferred email address.
If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes
The Transport Projects Team


If you click on the links below you will be able to see the details referred to:

Changes to Bus Services – Autumn 2017

2017.09.01 – Consultation Letter

Policing funding consultation #Brighton # Sussex

As Government funding appears to necessitate a cut-back of around 25% in the number of PCSOs, and require them to re-apply for their jobs or face redundancy, KatY Bourne our Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting on how much we are prepared to pay for policing. See Below:

How much would you pay for policing in Sussex?

One of the responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners is to set the budget for policing.

A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from your council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which I set each year following close consultation with local taxpayers.

As your PCC in Sussex, I have to consider the Chief Constable’s operational policing plan and determine whether the amount you pay for policing locally should stay the same or rise to allow investment in key areas. 

I have launched a public consultation to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable me to invest directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing:

  1. Protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse.
  2. Digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.

You can find out more about these investment proposals and have your say in the public consultation here:

I hope you will complete the short online survey and encourage your networks to have their say in the consultation as well. Your feedback is important to me – thank you for taking the time to tell me what you think.

The consultation will remain open until Friday 8 January 2016. Once it has closed I am duty-bound to inform the Sussex Police and Crime Panel of my considerations. This decision will be reviewed by the Panel on Friday 22 January 2016.

Best wishes

Katy Bourne

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner


Consultation on #Brighton updated Licensing Policy (e.g alcohol) closes 5/1/16

Please have your say!

From an email from the Licensing Department:

A copy of the draft updated Statement of Licensing Policy (SOLP) can be found on the council’s website as well as on the council’s consultation portal

Some current works on London Road #Brighton – June 2015

People have asked about the works on the pedestrian crossing traversing London Road between Ann Street and Oxford Street.


This was flagged up in the consultation of August 2014 and came third. Initially we were told that there was not money available for this project, but in fact we were told that money had been found for this project.

If we can find a drawing for the shape of the intended scheme we’ll post it here.

In the meanwhile here is a closer shot showing the pedestrian “build-out” taking shape.


The consultation data is found here.


Please send in a vote by Sept 9th 2014! consultation on London Road improvements

Next stage of consultation for ongoing London Road improvement.

See pdf here.

Jim Mayor – Council Project Manager asks us for a view on the following (full text below)

The options we have shortlisted for short term improvements are:

1: A General Clean / Smarten Up / Tidy

2: Minor Improvements to Preston Circus

3: Improvements to the Oxford Street / Ann St Crossing

Please send in a reply by 9th September to


Below is the full text and details from Jim Mayor

Dear all
 In February we asked where people felt we should target improvements in London Road. 227 people provided opinions. You were amongst the people who said they would like to stay involved in the decision making process.
 Using feedback from consultation we’ve shortlisted three potential areas for our initial improvements. We’d like your help in choosing a final focus for those improvements.
 What we’d like you to do
The options we have shortlisted for short term improvements are:
1: A General Clean / Smarten Up / Tidy
2: Minor Improvements to Preston Circus
3: Improvements to the Oxford Street / Ann St Crossing
 When you have read the attached document, please choose which option you think we should focus on and email Emma Friedlander at to let us know.
 We’ll choose whichever option has the most votes by 9th September.
 (If you think we should focus on something else you can let us know – but hopefully the information in the attached document will explain why we have chosen this shortlist).
 What will happen next?
When we have identified which improvements our initial funding should focus on, we’ll work with you to agree exactly what those improvements should look like.
 (Please note that we have not loaded the list of community facilities onto the London Road LAT website yet – this should be done shortly)
 Jim Mayor
Project Manager
Brighton & Hove City Council
01273 294164