CIL Watch #5: Redbridge votes to bring levy into force

The latest update of CIL Watch sees a number of local authorities take steps towards implementing their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges.

The London Borough of Redbridge has voted to start charging its CIL on 1 January 2012. At a council meeting yesterday, councillors voted to approve the authority’s charging schedule and an effective date of 1 January 2012 for the coming into force of the schedule. An inspector has already approved the council’s draft charging schedule.

The milestone means that Redbridge will be one of the very first authorities in the country to establish the levy. Shropshire Council will also begin charging its levy on 1 January 2012, while Newark and Sherwood District Council’s CIL will come into force on 1 December 2011. To my knowledge, there are no other authorities at such an advanced stage.

Elsewhere in the capital, the London Borough of Brent is consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule. It includes plans to charge developers £200 per square metre for residential use classes C3 and C4, and £300 per square metre for student accommodation. The consultation runs until 12 December 2011.

Wycombe District Council is also consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule. The CIL rates set out in the schedule are £150 per square metre for residential and £125 per square metre for retail. The consultation runs until 23 December 2011.

Another authority currently consulting on its CIL plans is Colchester Borough Council, which is consulting on its draft charging schedule. The council’s CIL plans include proposals to charge £120 per square metre of residential floorspace and up to £240 per square metre of retail space. The consultation runs until 9 December 2011.

Finally, this recent Plan-it-Law blog post from law firm Mills & Reeve on the implementation of CIL is worth a read. In the blog post, Caroline Bywater writes:

"I was interested to receive a letter earlier this week from a local authority which intends to introduce CIL shortly. Its draft charging schedule is likely to be published any day now and the letter, sent to an applicant with a draft s106 agreement still in negotiation, advised that if that agreement was not completed by 1 January, the development will become liable to CIL.

"A ‘warning’ was given that the CIL payable may be higher than the negotiated s106 payments, together with notification that if the applicant wanted to complete its s106 before the January ‘deadline’, it would have to make an immediate and significant further payment towards additional professional resources’."

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