This consultation is on the second "tax measure" announced by the Treasury ("HMT") in the March Budget – a new Gateway 2 Levy on high rise residential developments during the pre-construction stage. This is part of a package of measures intended to help pay for the remediation of certain buildings impacted by the cladding crisis, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy (the "Building Safety Levy").
The first "tax measure" – a new Residential Property Developers Tax (the "RPDT") - has already been consulted on formally and informal industry discussions with HM Revenue and Customs ("HMRC") and HMT are continuing. This consultation is seeking thoughts on the design and impact of the new Building Safety Levy and its interaction with the RPDT, particularly on the impact on regeneration and housing supply.
While this consultation is being led by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government ("MHCLG") not HMT, which is the case with the RPDT, helpfully, it does look like they are liaising. The consultation is a good opportunity for those potentially impacted by the Building Safety Levy to help mould the eventual charge.