The Examiner's report on the Southend-on-Sea CIL charging schedule has found that it provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the Borough provided that modifications are made. The modifications are to change the text in the draft to update the charging schedule and aid clarity.
The CIL charging schedule will go to the Council for adoption on 23 July 2015 with the implementation of the levy intended to begin from 27 July 2015.
The preliminary draft charging schedule had been published by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for consultation between 3 November 2014 and 15 December 2014. The preliminary draft charging schedule had proposed the same rates as the draft charging schedule.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council then published its CIL draft charging schedule for consultation for consultation between 23 November 2014 and 15 December 2014. The draft charging schedule like the preliminary charging schedule had restricted the charge for supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses to convenience based developments.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council submitted its CIL draft charging schedule for examination along with a schedule of modifications on 3 March 2015. A public consultation on the submitted schedule of modifications was open until 3 April 2015. The schedule of modifications included a proposal to broaden the charge of £70 per m2 for supermarket, superstore and retail warehouse developments by removing the restriction of only applying the levy to convenience based developments.
Approved rates include:
- Three residential and HMO charging zones with rates of £60, £30 and £20 per m2.
- Extra care and retirement housing will be charged £20 per m2 borough wide.
- Supermarket, superstore and retail warehouse developments will be charged £70 per m2.
- Publicly funded or not for profit developments will not be charged.
- All other uses will be charged £10 per m2.