CIL: the more it changes, the more it stays the same?

The CIL regime has had more licks of paint than the Forth Bridge since the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations in 2010. Eight main sets of legislative changes improved neither its clarity nor its predictability.

The latest changes – in the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2019 – will come into effect on 1 September 2019, if approved by parliament.

They require an eye for microscopic detail, but they should deliver a fairer and more effective system if accompanied by further reform and vigilance.