Couple hit with £80k Community Infrastructure Levy bill for self-build after failing to gain planning in time

A self build in progress with materials around the site
The construction of the self build was stopped by the council until the £82,994.88 Community Infrastructure Levy was paid in full (Image credit: Google Street View)

A couple were forced to pay a £82,994.88 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge before being allowed to continue building their house.

Habib and Jade Esmaeili from Brighton were issued a warning notice by Brighton & Hove Council as they failed to gain permission before starting work on their self build.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.