Build­ing a busi­ness

Corn­wall is filled with suc­cess­ful busi­nesses and many are on the brink of ex­pan­sion - but it might be more com­pli­cated than you thought

Cornwall Life - - CLASSIC CORNWALL -

Here at Clas­sic we are ex­cited to have been awarded plan­ning per­mis­sion to build a new of­fice on the out­skirts of Hel­ston. It has al­ready been a bit of a jour­ney and we have only put the build­ing on pa­per. The whole thing is new ter­ri­tory for us but the bu­reau­cracy has been a real eye opener! I was re­gal­ing some poor un­for­tu­nate with the full story re­cently when they re­marked that at least we had got in be­fore the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (CIL) hits at the be­gin­ning of next year.

I had heard of the CIL but it had dropped off my radar, so I went to all-know­ing Google to find out more. Well, I can’t rec­om­mend it as an easy read, but I will try to get to the nub of it and leave you to trawl the Web for the de­tail. Af­ter 1 Jan­uary 2019, if you are look­ing to get plan­ning to build some­thing that ‘peo­ple go into and use’ then it is likely that the CIL will be charge­able. It varies from £400/ m2 to zero de­pend­ing on where you are in Corn­wall. So, for an av­er­age house (which Google says is 120m2), the charge in Rock will be £48,000, in St Ives £24,000, Fal­mouth £12,000 and noth­ing in Cam­borne. That is go­ing to be quite an in­flu­encer of where we build in Corn­wall in the fu­ture.

Need­less to say there are re­liefs and ex­emp­tions. The full ex­tent of these are well be­yond my in­tel­lect and pa­tience, but to pluck a few out; self-build and so­cial hous­ing are largely ex­empt and you can prob­a­bly add an an­nex with­out hav­ing to fork out as long as you do not cre­ate a new dwelling and add less than 100m2.

I can see that this is meant to cre­ate a clearer way of charg­ing de­vel­op­ers for the ad­di­tional pres­sure they place on our in­fra­struc­ture but I am not sure how suc­cess­ful it is. The wa­ter gets a lot mud­dier when you chuck in all the ex­emp­tions, the aber­ra­tions that will be thrown up around par­ish bound­aries and the fact that CIL runs along­side the ex­ist­ing af­ford­able hous­ing re­quire­ments rather than re­plac­ing them.

I re­spect the core aim of mak­ing sure that devel­op­ment hap­pens in the right places but I can’t help be­ing wary of hard rules which try to take the place of good judge­ment, par­tic­u­larly in such nu­anced de­ci­sions.

‘I was re­gal­ing some poor un­for­tu­nate with the full story re­cently when they re­marked that at least we had got in be­fore the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Levy hits…’

clas­sic.co.uk

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