In order to understand what we had to play with, every spare second of the autumn was spent clearing back the brambles which had taken over site in the past three decades.

Community Infrastructure Levy – The Race Against Time

Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The money can be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want. Mid Devon Council is one of 4 local authorities who were selected to run pilot schemes. During the time of clearance the Mid Devon Pilot Scheme was due to be brought in during October 2013 and with CIL charges rumoured to be upward of £90 per square metre of proposed development it was imperative that we avoided CIL as it would make the project unviable. We were in a race against time and with the help of family and friends we had the majority of the site cleared by the end of November.

More information on CIL.

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