Cane Hill and Community Infrastructure Levy
01/06/2016 22:13:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
The Council will get many million of pounds in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) from Barratts as a result of the Cane Hill development. Since May 2014 the Council has received £2,969,644 borough’s Community Infrastructure Levy from developments in Coulsdon. The overall borough’s CIL income is currently £4,763,135.
If all outstanding planning consents in Coulsdon were commenced approximately £5.3m of borough’s Community Infrastructure Levy would be payable. Many residents have asked how Coulsdon West will benefit as a result.
I’ve just returned this evening from planning training for councillors organised by the Local Government Association’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS).
I asked PAS if the Council was bound to spend any CIL in the area affected where CIL is levied.
The response from PAS was yes, it’s 15% of the CIL raised.
I asked PAS - in the presence of Cllr Alison Butler, the Cabinet Member for Planning, as well as the Director of Planning - is that a requirement?
Oh yes was the reply “it’s the law.”
This response conflicts with advice previously received by residents that stated “legally there is no requirement on Croydon Council to spend any of the CIL money it receives in the vicinity of the development it comes from.”
PAS added the caveat that defining the local area affected by development may impact the decision, but it would seem to any reasonable person at least the two Coulsdon wards would be deemed affected by Cane Hill.
I asked Cllr Butler if Coulsdon can now expect to see 15% of the Cane Hill CIL spent in the area affected by Cane Hill (i.e. the two Coulsdon wards). She responded that yes that would be the case.
I will be pressing the Council to honour that pledge.