Bexley Council - CIL examination report published

The London Borough of Bexley Council published its Community Infrastructure Levy examination report on 30 December 2014.

The Examiner's report on the London Borough of Bexley Council's CIL draft charging schedule sets an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the Borough, provided that modifications are made. The recommended modifications had originally been put forward by the Council in a Statement of Modifications and during hearing sessions. The Council is seeking to implement the levy in April 2015. The changes include:

- Removing the word "Convenience" from the supermarket, superstore and retail warehouse rate.

- Moving the C2 and C3 care home and sheltered housing rate from the residential rates to the lower £10 per m2 all other uses rate.

- Clarification of the Mayoral CIL rates.

Previous Progress

The preliminary draft charging schedule was consulted upon between 18 January and 1 March 2013. The difference from the draft charging schedule is that the preliminary draft did not restrict the large retail charge to convenience based retail.

Bexley Council had then published their CIL draft charging schedule on 19 August 2013 for a consultation that ended on 30 September 2013.

The Bexley Council submitted its submission version CIL draft charging schedule for examination on 18 August 2014. Bexley also ran a consultation on their Statement of Modifications to the draft charging schedule from 15 August until 15 September 2014.

The Statement of Modifications covered references to the Mayoral CIL rate in Bexley. The modifications also included changes to the classification of extra care housing developments so that they would be charged £10 per m2 as opposed to the other residential rates.

Examination hearings covering Bexleys CIL charging schedule were held on 11 November 2014.

Approved rates include:

- Two charging zones for residential, hotel and student housing developments with rates of £40 and £60 per m2.

- Care homes and sheltered accommodation will be charged £10 per m2.

- Supermarket, superstore and retail warehouse developments are to be charged £100 per m2.

- All other uses £10 per square metre excluding educational establishments and medical, health and emergency services that are publicly funded.

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