Enable local authorities to capture a fair proportion of land value increases from planning and infrastructure provision

Published: Updated:

The Commission recommends that local authorities should be given further powers to capture a fair proportion of increases in the value of land from planning and infrastructure provision. To enable this, government should:

  • Remove pooling restrictions on Section 106 in all circumstances, through forthcoming secondary legislation by 2020.
  • Remove the ballot requirement for upper tier authorities’ powers to levy a business rate supplement of 2p or less in the pound for infrastructure, except where the supplement exceeds one third of scheme costs by 2021.
  • Give local authorities powers to levy zonal precepts on council tax, where public investments in infrastructure drive up surrounding property values by 2021.
  • Provide greater certainty in compulsory purchase compensation negotiations by including independent valuations early in the process to be paid for by the acquiring authority by 2021.

Share this article


Recent Articles

We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)
Wind turbine being built

We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)

Are you a creative and analytical thinker, someone who can work flexibly and collaboratively on complex policy issues and build productive working relationships with stakeholders across government and industry as well as with colleagues? Are you interested in helping shape policy on the country’s long term shift from a reliance on fossil fuels towards a...

30 May 2024 By
The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024
Houses of Parliament

The pre-election period: 25 May – 4 July 2024

In the run-up to the UK General Election, the Commission – like other public sector bodies – is required to act in accordance with the 2024 General Election guidance. The Commission offers independent advice to the government of the day, and it is not appropriate for it to engage in discussion of government policy during...

25 May 2024 By
Principles before particulars secures project success, say NIC design experts

Principles before particulars secures project success, say NIC design experts

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group has published guidance on developing and implementing design principles for major infrastructure projects. Building on the Group’s high level design principles – climate, people, places and value – the new guidance sets out a structured process for applying tailored principles at every stage of a project life cycle. The...

21 May 2024 By

Evidence_Icon_Turquoise Created with Sketch.

Explore data used in the Commission's research, and gain insights from across UK infrastructure

Join our team of professionals supporting the Commission to provide evidence based and forward thinking advice on infrastructure strategy.