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Consultation on infrastructure levy begins

Published Monday, 10 June 2013

Enfield Council has started consulting residents and businesses on a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The CIL is a charge paid by owners and developers based on the size and type of each new development-  with the money raised to be used to fund the cost of infrastructure such as schools, roads, parks, health and community centres that the council and community want in the areas earmarked for rejuvenation and expansion.

The consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) runs between 7 June -19 July. The CIL  is a new charging regime that local authorities in England and Wales can choose to apply to new developments in their area. Where such arrangements are in force, land owners and developers must pay fees to their local council.

The levy is designed to be fairer, faster and more transparent than the previous system of agreeing planning obligations between local councils and developers under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Under Enfield Council's proposed levy, developers would be asked to pay between £40-120 per square metre for housing developments depending on their location in the borough and £60 per square metre for financial and professional services, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

New betting shops would pay £85 per square metre as would hot food takeaways. Other developments such as offices, industrial units, leisure facilities and community buildings would not pay a fee.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "We want to encourage a wide range of businesses to set up in Enfield, as well as residential development, and we plan to use the Community Infrastructure Levy to raise funds for vital infrastructure.

"We've based the cost of the levy on the impact each development has on the borough, and we're not ashamed to admit we're using this scheme as a way of encouraging business to come and set up in Enfield and help create an even more dynamic economy for the borough, to provide the jobs and training opportunities that our residents need during the present difficult economic period.

"This initiative strikes a balance between encouraging growth in Enfield and ensuring that we have enough money to pay for the facilities that our neighbourhoods need to help them cope with the extra people new development brings to an area. From the research that has been undertaken, we think that developers will find that our proposed scheme is reasonable, proportionate and affordable.

"This is clearly a very exciting time in Enfield, and we really can expect to see significant growth across the borough in the coming years, but we need to make sure that our existing residents' interests are protected at the same time that we welcome new people to our fantastic borough."

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