Information about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations came into force in April 2010 and provide Borough and District Councils, as 'charging authorities', with a mechanism to raise money from development in their area to fund infrastructure. The money raised will be used to help fund infrastructure to meet the needs of the community (such as improvements to roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities), and therefore support growth. It will still be possible to secure some funding through section 106 agreements, but this is likely to be scaled back and more often be restricted to more site-specific requirements.
CIL is a non-negotiable charge, which will apply to certain new development and is calculated on a £ per square metre basis, charged on the net level of development proposed. In order to charge CIL, the Council must implement a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule based on evidence of viability. This will help the Council determine the correct rates to charge and whether to vary the charge in for different parts of the Borough or for different types of development or different scales of development. The charging schedule will be subject to only one round of consultation at the draft Charging Schedule stage following which the Council will submit the charging schedule for independent examination.
Under the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended), there are some mandatory exemptions from liability to pay CIL, particularly for social housing schemes, charitable development, residential extensions, annexes and self-build housing.
Areas of the Borough with neighbourhood plans in place will secure 25% of the CIL revenues generated in their area for infrastructure in their area. This falls to 15% in areas which do not have a neighbourhood plan in place.
CIL draft Charging Schedule Statement of Modifications Consultation
The Runnymede draft CIL Charging Schedule consultation closed in April 2020. A summary of the representations received to the draft Charging Schedule and how these have been taken into account are set out below.
In light of the representations received and to take account of the potential economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the Council undertook a focused review of its CIL viability to check whether the CIL rates proposed in the draft Charging Schedule were still viable. The viability review found that the CIL rates proposed in the draft Charging Schedule are still largely viable, although some rates require an adjustment.
In this respect the Council has prepared a Statement of Modifications to its draft Charging Schedule. The Statement of Modifications is open to consultation for a period of 4 weeks between Friday 17 July and 5pm Friday 14 August 2020. The Statement of Modifications is accompanied by the viability review and an update to the CIL Technical Background Document which are available to view along with all the existing CIL supporting documents including the draft Charging Schedule below.
For the duration of the current Covid-19 lockdown measures, hard copies of the CIL Statement of Modifications and draft Charging Schedule cannot currently be accessed at usual public venues such as the Council offices or many libraries. However, given that Egham library within Runnymede and Weybridge & Woking libraries just outside of the Borough have reopened, copies of the CIL Statement of Modifications and draft Charging Schedule are available at these locations for those people without ready access to the internet and who might want to come in and take away a copy with them as study space in the libraries is not currently open.
Whilst the Council would normally provide other documents to read alongside the core consultation documents, given the impacts of Covid-19 and space within libraries, the Council will instead make these documents available on request. Therefore should anyone wish to receive a hard copy of any of the CIL supporting documentation, please call the Council on 01932 838383 or email the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org These contact details should also be used to request hard copy documents in the event of a further lockdown and library closures during the consultation period due to Covid-19.
Should the Council offices and remaining local libraries (Addlestone, Chertsey, New Haw & Virginia Water) re-open to the public during the period of this consultation, the above hard copy documentation will also be made available in these locations as soon as practically possible.
How to Make Representations
All representations must be made in writing either by email to email@example.com or by post to:
Planning Policy & Economic Development Team
Runnymede Borough Council
Runnymede Civic Centre
Representations should be to the Statement of Modifications and must be made by 5pm Friday 14 August 2020. Late and/or anonymous representations will not be accepted. Any comments that could be construed as derogatory towards any particular individual or group will not be recorded or considered.
Copies of comments received during the course of the consultation will be made available for the public to view on the Council's website and forwarded to the CIL Examiner. Comments therefore cannot be treated as confidential. Personal details will be redacted prior to publishing. Data will be processed and held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Requests to be Heard
Any person may request the right to be heard by the Examiner in relation to the modifications as set out in the Statement of Modifications. At this stage, the right to be heard only applies in relation to the modifications proposed in the Statement of Modifications. Requests to be heard must include:
- Details of the modifications on which you wish to be heard (by reference to the Statement of Modifications).
- Whether you support or oppose the modifications and why.
Requests to be heard by the Examiner must be made in writing before the end of 4 weeks from the date the Council submits its draft Charging Schedule for examination (estimated by end of August 2020) and sent to: Planning Policy & Economic Development Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone KT15 2AH or by way of e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following consultation of the Statement of Modifications, the Council intends to submit the CIL draft Charging Schedule, supporting evidence and any representations received to the CIL Examiner by end of August 2020. An examination is likely to take place in Autumn 2020.
Developers, planning agents and individuals making planning applications should begin to familiarise themselves with the draft Charging Schedule and CIL Regulations. Guidance on CIL can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy