Cane Hill and Community Infrastructure Levy (Part 2)
22/06/2016 21:44:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
I have received a response from Cllr Alison Butler, Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration & Planning, on the subject of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) assignment.
The good news is that the application for Growth Zone status from the government has been approved and the Council is now is a position to assign the borough's CIL, including assignment of the Local Meaningful Proportion. Up to now Council has not assigned any of the CIL received since the Charging Schedule came into force in April 2013.
The bad news is that Cllr Butler now says with regard to the 15% CIL Local Meaningful Proportion, given there are no parish councils in Croydon, the Council is not legally obliged to spend it in the location it originates from in terms of development. She quotes Regulation 59F of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2013 to support her case.
According to Cllr Butler this means that up to 15% of borough CIL receipts could be spent on infrastructure or non-infrastructure anywhere in the borough irrespective of the location of the development that generated the CIL receipt.
This back-tracking on her promise to spend 15% of the Cane Hill CIL in the area affected by Cane Hill (i.e. the two Coulsdon wards) is disappointing. I will be urging the Council to reconsider this course of action and allocate a Local Meaningful Proportion of CIL funds raised as a result of the Cane Hill development to be spent in the area it affects most - in Coulsdon.