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25/02/2021

Runnymede adopts CIL charges

Words: Laura Edgar
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Councillors at Runnymede Borough Council have approved a set of community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges that will see developers seeking permission to build within certain areas paying towards the cost of new infrastructure.

Money raised will be used to help fund infrastructure such as improvements to roads, schools, parks and playgrounds, said the council.

From 1 March 2021 plans that propose more than 100 square metres of additional floor space or one or more new homes will need to pay the charge unless they are exempt. There are few exemptions to the charges, including social housing schemes, charitable development and residential exemptions.

Areas of the borough that have a neighbourhood plan in place can have up to 25 per cent of the total payment from an application spent in the area. Up to 15 per cent will be spent in communities that don’t have a neighbourhood plan in place. In both cases, spending would be agreed in consultation with residents where possible, the council explained.

There are four communities developing a neighbourhood plan: Englefield Green,
Ottershaw, Thorpe and Virginia Water.

Myles Willingale, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “I would encourage all local areas of the borough to think about how they can work together to set up a neighbourhood forum and create a plan. The benefit is significant and a prime example of how the council is supporting local people by giving them a direct way to influence improvements where they live.

“The rules around approving or rejecting planning applications are strict and set by government and local planning policies, but the ability for us to set a charge means there should now be a level of benefit from the majority of successful applications.”

The CIL Charging Schedule can be found here on the Runnymede Borough Council website.

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