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'Developer tax' plans to 'Developer tax' plans to raise vital transport cash raise vital transport cash; Wirral may be first on Merseyside to introduce charge.

Byline: LIAM MURPHY ECHO Reporter liam1971 @

MILLIONS of pounds could be raised for key transport schemes in Wirral under proposals to make developers pay a new charge on their projects.

The authority's ruling cabinet is being asked to back moves which could lead to Wirral becoming the first Merseyside authority to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). That would mean a nonnegotiable charge on developers which can vary based on the location, size and type of scheme.

So far, 45 councils nationally have begun introducing CILs, ranging from PS25 per square metre (sqm) to PS200 a sqm.

According to Wirral council, 1,679 new-build homes and 23 retail schemes were completed in Wirral between 2009 and 2014.

Under the CIL, these could have generated between PS1,232,225 at PS25 per sqm, and PS9,857,800 at PS200 per sqm.

twitter Join us twitter @LivEcho News However, a cabinet report said: "Until the final viability study report is received, it will not be possible to speculate on what the final potential CIL charging rates for Wirral could be."

The report said the introduction of a CIL charge "is unlikely to put overall levels of development at risk in many parts of the borough," and it would be possible for developers to be offered relief on some schemes if the charges would make them "unviable".

on The council report says that, across the region, following assessments, St Helens have paused further work in bringing in a CIL "due to concern with current economic conditions", while Knowsley have decided not to introduce a CIL in the short term but are keeping the option under annual review.

West Lancashire Borough Council introduced a CIL charge in September last year, but the report to Wirral's cabinet said: "Liverpool and Sefton councils have yet to publish any evidence to justify introducing CIL."

If the proposals for a CIL are approved by Wirral council's cabinet when it meets on Thursday, the council says further work is required on ensuring the CIL is viable, followed by a public consultation.

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Date:Jan 12, 2015
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