Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) (policy documents and guidance)

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 new 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.

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 devise a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule based on evidence of viability, which has been prepared by the Council's independent viability consultants. This will help the Council determine the correct rates to charge, whether to vary the charge in different parts of the Borough and on what types of development such charges should be sought. The charging schedule will be subject to two stages of consultation and an independent examination.

Runnymede Borough Council does not yet have a CIL regime in place. After April 2015,the CIL Regulations restrict the pooling of planning obligations, but it will still be possible to secure some funding through section 106 agreements, but this will be restricted to more site specific requirements, and with restrictions on the pooling of monies collected through up to five agreements for a single project.

As part of the CIL work, the Council will produce a Regulation 123 list of likely infrastructure projects in the Borough that CIL will be used to fund. This list will be reviewed as necessary over the plan period. Anything on this list will not be capable of being funded through section 106 agreements. Under the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended), there are some mandatory exemptions from liability to pay CIL, particularly for social housing schemes and charitable development.

Areas with neighbourhood plans in place will receive 25% of the CIL revenues generated if they accept new development in their areas. Communities that accept new development in their areas but do not have a neighbourhood plan adopted will receive 15% of the CIL revenues but this would be capped at £100 per new dwelling.

Where we are currently

On 24 July 2014, the Council resolved to formally withdraw the Runnymede Borough Local Plan Core Strategy and consequently the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule from the Examination process. Until a Community Infrastructure Levy is adopted, the Council will continue to seek developer contributions through Section 105 agreements. Further details regarding developer contributions can be found on the Planning Obligations (policy documents and guidance) page.

Next steps

The Council will commence work on the production of a new Local Plan, which addresses the concerns expressed by the Inspector. A programme of works, including the production of a CIL charging schedule, will be set out in a Local Development Scheme. It is hoped this will go before Members of Planning Committee on 27 August. More information can be found on our Planning policy and local plan pages.

The Council will need to refresh the Infrastructure Delivery Plan evidence, which supports the introduction of CIL, and will also refresh the viability evidence as necessary, dependent on the new emerging strategy for the Local Plan.

Further information on the CIL Regulations can be found on the Archived CIL regulations and DCLG documents page of the Local Government Association website.


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