CIL Watch: Consultations propose levy hikes of up to 150 per cent in London

Increases of up to 150 per cent on community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges are being proposed by some London boroughs in their consultations on new levy rates.

Ilford: Redbridge Council proposes increase in CIL rates
Ilford: Redbridge Council proposes increase in CIL rates

The London Borough of Redbridge completed consultation earlier in January on a preliminary draft charging schedule which proposed rates of up to £175 for new homes schemes, up from a highest rate of £70 in its existing schedule which was adopted in 2011, according to Planning's Who's Charging What? database - a 150 per cent increase.

The London Legacy Development Corporation, which is responsible for planning the former Olympic Park in east London, this month started consultation on a new draft charging schedule. The new rates would see a new rate of £73.90 per square metre of residential development, up from £60 in the existing schedule adopted in 2015, an increase of 23 per cent. Consultation on the draft schedule is open until 15 February.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets completed consultation this month on a draft charging schedule which proposes rates of up to £280 per square metre for new housing developments, a 40 per cent increase on its existing highest residential rate of £200 per square metre, set in 2015.

A further consultation just launched, by the London Borough of Waltham Forest, proposes to maintain the same £70 per square metre rate as the existing 2014 levy for residential developments.

Meanwhile, the new Mayoral CIL (MCIL2), designed to provide funding towards the Crossrail 2 trans-capital railway project, will be levied from April 2019 in addition to borough CIL. MCIL2 will charge up to £80 per square metre for new housing developments, an increase of 60 per cent on the highest existing MCIL rate of £50 per square metre, set in 2012.

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North Yorkshire: Harrogate Borough Council is carrying out consultation on a new draft charging schedule. The draft, which is out to consultation until 22 February, incorporates a new set of rates including charges of up to £50 per square metre for new homes, and up to £120 per square metre for retail development, including for new shops in central Harrogate.


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