Community Infrastructure Levy
What is CIL?
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that the Council can set for certain new developments in the borough. CIL charges will be based on simple formulae, the size of which can be related to the size, type and location of the new development. This will allow the Council to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough. CIL will only be chargeable on new development and the Council must ensure that such rates do not make new development economically unviable.
The existing process of securing on-site infrastructure through Section 106 contributions (Town & Country Planning Act 1990) will be scaled back once a Borough CIL is adopted.
Further information on the Community Infrastructure Levy, including the regulations, can be found at the Communities and Local Government website. A useful guide to the Community Infrastructure Levy can be found on the Planning Portal.
What are the benefits of CIL?
The proceeds of CIL will be spent on local infrastructure required to support the development of the area.This money will be of benefit to both the local community and the development industry:
- Local communities will benefit from improved services as the money raised can be spent on a wide range of infrastructure, such as transport schemes, schools, parks and open spaces, health and social care facilities.
- Developers and landowners will be able to determine more transparently, and at an early stage, the level of contributions they are required to make towards infrastructure provision, rather then solely determined on an individual planning application.
The Mayoral CIL
The Mayor of London has introduced a new CIL charge that will be paid by some new developments granted planning permission from 1 April 2012. See further information on the Mayoral CIL.
LB Richmond upon Thames CIL
The Council is currently preparing its draft CIL Charging Schedule, which will require most new development to make a financial contribution towards new or improved facilities required by this borough's development and growing population. See further information, including the evidence base and timetable for production of the Borough’s CIL.