The Examiner's report was issued to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on 2 December 2015. The Examiner found that, provided a modification was made, the draft charging schedule would provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the borough. Subject to the approval at a meeting of the Full Council the levy will be implemented from 1 April 2016. The recommended modification is:
- Reduce the lowest residential charging zone rate from £20 per m2 down to a nil rate.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council had published a preliminary draft charging schedule for consultation between 14 September 2012 until 26 October 2012. This preliminary draft had only one rate of £125 per m2 for residential developments. It also had a rate of £250 per m2 for large retail (A1-5) developments and a lower rates of £50 per m2 for small retail (A1-5) developments.
Work on developing CIL charging schedule was then put on hold by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council while they developed a Core Strategy. Once the Council had adopted their Core Strategy on 3 July 2014, work began again from the begining.
Another preliminary draft was published by the Council for a public consultation that was held between 28 November 2014 and 12 January 2015. This preliminary draft split the charge for residential developments into three zones with one urban rate of £120 per m2, another zone with a rate of £180 per m2 and a "rest of borough" rate of £240 per m2. The had a single rate of £160 per m2 for retail developments and restricted it to convenience retail developments.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council had then published their CIL draft charging schedule for public consultation that ran between 16 April 2015 and 26 May 2015.
The draft charging schedule had lowered the rate for its "rest of borough" residential charging zone from £240 to £200 per m2. The draft also split its urban residential charge of £120 per m2 area from the preliminary draft into three zones with rates of £140, £80 and £20 per m2 in the draft. The rate for convenience retail developments was lowered to £120 per m2 in the draft.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council had submitted their CIL draft charging schedule to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 16 June 2015. The version of the draft that had been submitted was the same as the consultation draft without modification. Examination hearings were held on 8 September 2015.
Approved rates include:
- Five residential development charging zones with rates of £200, £180, £140, £80 and £0 per m2.
- Convenience retail developments will be charged £120 per m2.
- No charge for all other uses.