Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which local authorities and the Mayor of London can charge on developments to fund infrastructure needed in the local area.
It largely replaces the system whereby developers negotiate infrastructure payments on a project by project basis.
Wandsworth Council CIL
The Council's Charging Schedule indicates the charges for different types of development in Nine Elms (two areas), Roehampton and wider Wandsworth (the remainder of the Borough).
The Charging Schedule came into effect on 1 November 2012 and applies to planning decisions made from that date.
Which developments are CIL liable
Small householder developments are generally not liable for CIL. Developments over 100 sq ms or involving the creation of a new dwelling are usually liable.
Applicants are required to provide the Council with the information necessary to determine whether a development proposal is liable as part of their application using the Additional Information Requirement form. If their application is CIL liable they should also ensure that the requirements of the CIL Regulations are followed to avoid having to pay any unnecessary surcharges.
Under the CIL Regulations, in certain circumstances permitted development not requiring a planning permission may also be liable for CIL, this includes permitted development over 100 sq ms and some changes of use. If you are in doubt, please contact us.
In addition to approving the Charging Schedule the Council has agreed:
- A CIL discretionary charitable relief policy
- A CIL discretionary social housing relief policy
- A CIL instalments policy
- A Regulation 123 list of the things it intends to fund through CIL
The Council has decided not to offer Exceptional Circumstances Relief, but the need for such a policy will be kept under review.
Review of CIL Charging Schedule
In October 2016, following a review, the Council’s Executive approved the retention of the Council’s existing CIL Charging Schedule and a further review in 3 years time. The report recommending retention of the Charging Schedule is available as item 17 on the agenda of the September 2016 meeting of the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
The Council is required to publish reports on the amount of Borough CIL collected annually before the 31 December following the end of the relevant financial year.
In London, the Mayor can also introduce a CIL. The Mayor's CIL was introduced on 1 April 2012. In Wandsworth the Mayoral CIL is set at £50 per sq m for most types of development.
The council's Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out how the Council will implement its planning policies and ensure development proposals provide required affordable housing and fund other improvements to mitigate the impact of development, alongside CIL contributions.