Builders condemn Government u-turn on tax

The Government’s decision to impose a tax on development is a spectacular U-Turn on its pre-election commitment to scrap the proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and reform planning obligations, says the Federation of Master Builders.

Brian Berry, FMB director of external affairs said: “While in Opposition the Conservative Party publically stated in its planning policy paper that, “we will scrap CIL and non-site-specific planning obligations”, and said that the twin track section 106/CIL approach, which they are now proposing, is “unnecessarily complicated and does nothing to address the uncertainty and delays that currently exist in agreeing planning obligations.”

“Quite why the Government has now decided to adopt an approach they so roundly condemned in their own policy paper is very difficult to fathom.”

He continued: “What is even more baffling is that the solution that they proposed in Opposition, of a single tariff, was along the right lines and could have been developed with the construction industry into a successful, streamlined and predictable mechanism that would provide certainty for the industry and support for communities. Instead they have now seized defeat from the jaws of victory.”

The FMB believes that the Government needs to return to its original idea of the local tariff and sit down with the industry to design the details which will make the housing changes work.

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