Revisions to the government’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) could put the development of sub-national infrastructure, such as waste at risk, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has warned.
In a briefing, the ICE raised concerns over amendments to the Levy, which currently allows local authorities to charge on new developments in the area, in order to spend on local and sub-regional infrastructure.
Under revisions to the Levy being considered as part of the Localism Bill, proceeds from the levy could be used for other purposes, including supporting community groups, or affordable housing.
The ICE has warned that the awarding of Levy proceeds to local communities could lead to local priorities overriding the need for infrastructure.
ICE localism panel chair Geoff French said: “Due to a history of under-investment many of our local networks are in urgent need of upgrading or replacement. It has been estimated that the CIL could raise around £1bn per year in future and we strongly believe this important funding stream must be protected solely for the provision of essential infrastructure that underpins economic growth, both locally and nationally.”