Redbridge infrastructure levy plans approved

A new infrastructure funding levy will come into force in the London Borough of Redbridge on 1 January 2012 after councillors voted to approve the plans yesterday.

At a meeting yesterday, councillors voted to approve the authority’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule, which sets out how the development tax will be charged across the borough.

Councillors also approved plans for the levy to come into force on 1 January 2012.

Council papers said that, upon implementation, "CIL liability notices will be sent out to developers and landowners with planning decision notices. Recipients of such notices will then be required to notify the council once construction begins, at which point Payments & Benefits will issue them with a demand notice usually payable within 60 days".

Under the London Borough of Redbridge’s plans, a flat rate of £70 per square metre will be levied on new development across the borough.

The decision means that Redbridge will be one of the first local authorities in England to have its CIL charge come into force.

It is one of only a handful of councils to have had its CIL plans approved by a planning inspector.

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