Saddleworth Parish Council pledges support for development levy proposals

SADDLEWORTH PARISH Council has pledged its support for Oldham Council proposals to introduce a charge for new developments being built in the area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy would apply to all new builds where the gross internal area exceeds 100 sq. m, with exceptions including self-builds and some social housing.

A levy would be charged per sq. m, with the borough split into three ‘charging zones’ to determine the rate, and money raised could fund improvements to transport links and create more open spaces.

At their February meeting, Saddleworth Parish councillors voted unanimously in favour of responding positively to the proposals.

Cllr Bill Cullen said: “I think this is something we should support very strongly.”

Cllr Mike Buckley added: “15 per cent of the levy would come back to the Parish Council, and we could use that to help local people.”

Cllr John Hudson commented: “I think it is a good idea but we have got to make sure the levy benefits the people who are directly affected by it and the new builds.”

The Parish Council will now submit positive responses to the questions in the proposal, which ask about the rates and the charging zones.

Residents can also have their say on the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy – Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule’ and a supporting viability study online before February 27.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Highways, said: “The Community Infrastructure Levy charges would help us to deliver further growth in the borough.

“The levy will help to fund new and improved infrastructure and to our transport network, supporting our aims to make Oldham an even better place to live and work.

“We encourage residents, developers and businesses to take this opportunity to take part in the consultation and contribute to the future shape of the borough.”

The documents are available to view on Oldham Council’s website (please follow the links to the Local Plan pages), at public deposit points and on Oldham Council’s consultation website.

Online submissions are encouraged or please send written comments by 5pm Friday, February 27, 2015 to Strategic Planning and Information, Oldham Council, Room 310, Civic Centre, Oldham, OL1 1UG. Alternatively, you can send them by email to spi@oldham.gov.uk

The consultation runs until February 27, 2015.

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