In December 2010, CLG invited all English local authorities to apply to become part of their Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners project. The project was aimed at supporting local authorities to develop the best approach to implementing the Community Infrastructure Levy in their local area.
28 applications were received for the eight places on the first phase of the project. Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners 1 is now underway and has been very well received by participating authorities. In response to the high demand for the first phase of the project, places are now offered for local authorities to take part in Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners 2. All English local planning authorities are invited to consider applying to participate. CLG are looking for a pioneering group of authorities that are not only committed to introducing the levy in their local area, but are also keen to demonstrate what planning and in particular the Community Infrastructure Levy can achieve at the forefront of the Big Society.