CIL plans under examination

by Marco Cillario Wed 11 May 2016, 4:12 pm

Ealing Council is to introduce Community Infrastructure Levys (CIL), in the borough planning charges set up to help deliver infrastructure, supporting the development of an area.

Projects likely to benefit from CIL receipts include new schools, green infrastructure, Crossrail station improvements and decentralised heating networks.

Plans, submitted to the planning inspectorate for examination on 6 May 2016, propose two different CIL rates, one set applying to the area around Ealing centre and up to Hanger Lane, and a lower set for developments elsewhere in the borough.

Both areas will have a £100 rate for retail warehouses and superstores, with a £30 rate for smaller retail developments. There will be no charge for office or industrial developments.

For residential developments, hotels and student accommodations, the central Ealing area will have a £100 rate, while in other parts of the borough there will be a £50 tariff.

The council said it expects the CIL to raise £8.87 million in 2014-17, £10.92 million in 2018-22 and £11.88 million in 2023-27.

With a positive examination, the council expects its charging schedule to be in place later this year.

The CIL will not apply to the areas controlled by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), a mayoral development corporation launched in April 2015 and granted planning powers trough a statutory instrument passed by parliament.

Ealing’s north-east CIL boundary will run up to the OPDC boundary along the A40, with the Park Royal area to the north of the road and to the east of the North Circular under the control of OPDC. As a planning authority, the OPDC will have the power to adopt its own CIL.

Facing the challenge of providing homes in appropriate locations, while protecting residential areas and green spaces, the council expects upcoming development to be focused around Uxbridge Road and the A40 corridor, with the borough’s five Crossrail stations acting as “hotspots”.

Most developments – except those for medical, health and education use – are also subject to the Mayor’s Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) of £35. The MCIL was introduced in 2012 to help finance Crossrail.

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