CIL Watch #34: Southampton and Bassetlaw start charging; Oxford passes examination

The latest CIL Watch update, compiled by Richard Rhydderch, includes examination news from Oxford and Swindon and casts an eye over new charging schedules from South Cambridgeshire and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Councils to begin charging CIL...

Southampton City Council’s CIL charging schedule will come into force on 1 September 2013. On 17 July 2013 the authority fully accepted the inspector's recommendations and approved the charging schedule to take effect from 1 September.  Retail (A1-A5) developments will pay a maximum charge of £43 per square metre and residential developments face a maximum charge of  £70 per square metre. All other premises are exempt from the levy.

Bassetlaw District Council in Nottinghamshire will also start charging CIL on 1 September. The charging schedule includes three residential charging zones: Retford and Rural East (£55 per square metre), Worksop and Rural West (£20) and North West Bassetlaw (£5). There are two commercial charging zones. Worksop/Retford/A1 Corridor has a £100 per square metre charge for Retail A1-A5 and a £15 charge for Industrial B1b/c, B2, B8 with all other premises zero rated. In the Outer Bassetlaw zone Retail has a £25 per square metre charge with all other premises zero rated.

Examination news...

Examiner Geoff Salter has recommended that Oxford City Council’s proposed charging schedule be accepted. The examiner's report said: "The schedule provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the city …. the levy is set at a level that will not put the overall development of the area at risk." A report will now go to Full Council on 30 September with a recommendation for approval.

 Swindon Borough Council, the London Borough of Merton, Bedford Borough Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Dartford Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council, Chelmsford City Council and Purbeck District Council have submitted their charging schedules for examination.

New preliminary draft charging schedules published...

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire is consulting on its preliminary draft charging schedule until 7 October 2013. The document proposes a four tiered schedule of charges from £15-65 per square metre for residential development and charges of £60 and £30 respectively for convenience retail and retail warehouse/retail parks.

South Cambridge District Council has published its preliminary draft charging schedule for consultation. The document,  which is out for consultation until 30 September 2013,  proposes a general residential rate of £100 per square metre with a zero charge for some specific strategic development sites and a £125 per square metre charge for a specific joint site with Cambridge City.  It also proposes a £125 per square metre charge for retail development sites greater than 280 square metres and a £50 per square metre charge for retail sites up to £50. All other uses are zero rated.

Eastbourne Borough Council has published its preliminary draft charging schedule for consultation. The document which is out for consultation until 30 August 2013 proposes a graded series of charges. Brownfield residential sites in a low value area are zero rated and high value sites attract a charge of £45 per square metre. Greenfield sites in a low value area have a £45 per square metre charge and a £75 charge for high value areas.  Retail areas (A1-A3) have a £100 per square metre charge and all other non-residential uses are zero rated.

 Hull City Council has published its preliminary draft charging schedule for consultation. The document, which is out for consultation until 30 August 2013, proposes a flat rate residential charge of £18 per square metre. City centre retail developments over 500 square metres would attract a charge of £10 per square metre. Retail developments outside the city centre in excess of 500 square metres would be charged £50 per square metre. All other uses are zero-rated irrespective of their location.

The Central Lincolnshire authorities (comprising City of Lincoln Council, North Kesteven District Council and West Lindsey District Council) have published a joint preliminary draft charging schedule for consultation. The document is out for consultation until 9 September 2013. The councils propose a uniform charge of £60 and £40 for convenience retail and retail warehouse use respectively and a sliding scale of site-specific residential charges ranging from £20-£45.

The London Legacy Development Corporation has published a preliminary draft charging schedule. The document, which is out for consultation until 9 September 2013, proposes a charge of £60 per square metre for all residential development.  Convenience supermarkets and superstores and retail warehouses over 280 square metres face a proposed charge of £100 per square metre. Hotels and student accommodation will also be charged at £100 per square metre.

Councils embark on second round of CIL consultation...

The following local authorities are consulting on draft charging schedules...

London Borough of Waltham Forest (consultation on draft charging schedule  schedule closes on 9 September 2013)

Woking Borough Council (consultation on draft charging schedule closes on 30 August 2013)

Surrey Heath Borough Council (consultation on draft charging schedule closes on 16 September 2013)

London Borough of Bexley (consultation on draft charging schedule closes on 30 September 2013)

 Tandridge District Council (consultation on draft charging schedule closes on 4 October 2013)

The City of London Corporation (consultation on draft charging schedule closes on 4 October 2013)

View our full interactive map of proposed CIL rates across England and Wales here. Who’s charging what? Our table of the CIL charges that have been published to date – now arranged by region – is available here. To tell us your CIL news, contact jamie.carpenter@haymarket.com. For CIL updates, follow Jamie on Twitter at @J_J_Carpenter.

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