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Keppie Massie appointed to advise West Lancs and Knowsley council on CIL

Keppie Massie, Regeneration and Strategic Development division, has been appointed by a further two North West Councils - Knowsley and West Lancashire - to advise them on the viability and economics of development within their boroughs as part of their forward planning policy and preparation of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Introduced by central government as a means of securing funding for infrastructure from development, CIL allows local authorities in England and Wales to place a charge on new developments to fund necessary infrastructure and community projects.

As one of only a small number of consultants in the UK with specific experience of working on CIL, these appointments further reinforce Keppie Massie's position as experts within the regeneration sector.

Key factors in helping Keppie Massie to secure these appointments included their market facing development expertise and lengthy track record in advising both the public and private sectors on development economics most recently involving advice to St Helens Council on the preparation of their CIL charges.

Cllr Martin Forshaw, West Lancs Borough Council portfolio holder for Planning, said:. “Keppie Massie is providing the fundamental advice to the Council regarding the viability of introducing a CIL charge on new developments to fund infrastructure that could benefit the borough. The advice from this specialist company will be of great assistance to the Council in considering this important issue in these challenging economic times.”





.”Ged Massie, Partner at Keppie Massie commented, “We are delighted to be working with both Knowsley and West Lancs in relation to this strategic area of work.  Planning policy must strike the delicate balance between ensuring that the opportunities for public benefits are secured whilst not undermining the prospects for investment and development.  This is particularly so in these difficult economic times, when it is so crucial to ensure that the conditions are right for economic growth.”

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