Levy to apply for developers

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Sheffield Council is proposing changes to the way developers improve local areas in return for receiving planning permission.

Currently, payments are made under Section 106 agreements, which cover work ranging from road improvements to new parks.

A report to Sheffield Council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday reveals they are set to be replaced by a new Community Infrastructure Levy.

The charges would depend on the viability of developments and according to the area of Sheffield.

Rates for residential schemes would be greatest where house prices are high, and lower in deprived areas.

Some commercial and community projects would be exempt from the charges, officers have proposed.