Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
Runnymede 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. For further guidance please see the Council's Infrastructure Delivery & Prioritisation SPD
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 is a non-negotiable charge, which in Runnymede will apply to Residential and Office developments and is calculated on a £ per square metre basis, charged on the net level of development proposed.
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.
Runnymede CIL Charges
In order to charge the Levy, the Council must set out the levy rates it wishes to charge development in a CIL Charging Schedule. The Runnymede CIL Charging Schedule was subject to public consultation and independent examination during 2020 and sets rates for residential and office developments.
The Charging Schedule was approved by a meeting of the Council on the 9 February 2021 with the recommendations made by the CIL Examiner and will come into effect on the 1 March 2021.
The CIL Charging Schedule as approved is available to view below along with a Section 213(3B) Report setting out how the Council has taken account of the CIL Examiners recommendations. The Examiner's report and other examination documents can still be found on the CIL Examination webpage
The CIL charging zones as shown on Plan 1 in the Charging Schedule can also be viewed as a layer on the Council's maps
Copies of the Charging Schedule and Section 213(3B) Report will be made available in the usual public places subject to Covid-19 restrictions.
What this means
Only development proposing residential and/or offices where net additional floorspace is 100 square metres (sqm) or more or proposes 1 or more dwellings is affected by the CIL charge. All other development will not be liable for CIL in Runnymede.
Any planning application for residential/office development of 100sqm or more or which proposes 1 or more dwellings and which remains undetermined or is registered on or after 1 March 2021 will be liable for the CIL charge subject to the exemptions/reliefs set out in the CIL Regulations.
As such, Applications for residential and/or office developments should now be accompanied by a CIL Additional Information form which is available on the Planning Portal website (form 1). It would also be beneficial for applicants to submit an 'Assumption of Liability' form (form 2) at this stage.
Development permitted by the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) including prior approvals may also be liable for the CIL charge. Any residential/office development permitted by the GPDO which commences on or after 1 March 2021 and is for 100sqm or more of net additional floorspace or 1 or more dwellings may be liable subject to the exemptions/reliefs in the CIL Regulations.
Applications for Lawful Development Certificates (LDC) for a proposed use and prior approvals, or where development will commence on or after 1 March 2021 must submit a 'Notice of Chargeable Development' to the Council before commencing development. The Notice of Chargeable Development can be found on the Planning Portal website (form 5).
Exemptions & Reliefs
The CIL Regulations set out exemptions or reliefs for certain types of development. This includes exemptions for residential extensions/annexes and self-build housing as well as relief for social housing and charitable development.
Where development qualifies, these exemptions are mandatory, but must be applied for and granted by the Council before development commences.
If you consider that your development benefits from a CIL exemption or relief you can apply using the forms on the Planning Portal website (forms 7-10).