Bruce Attwood, associate partner of estate agency Berriman Eaton in Bridgnorth, said he believed the possible introduction of the Shropshire Community Infrastructure Levy could have a significant impact on the housing market, for all the wrong reasons.
“Developers and individuals alike will think twice when applying for planning permission for a new build with this proposed new levy, costing approximately £40 per square meter. It is another cost to swallow in a fairly stagnant market that needs lifting, rather than dampening. The result could mean job losses in the construction industry, less work for architects and builders, not to mention tradesman. The knock on effect could be significant, which is why we would recommend that Shropshire Council seriously consider quashing yet another tax.”