Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL]
The London Borough Richmond-upon-Thames [LBRUT] planning department is currently assessing our scheme for a property on Twickenham Green. It has been a lengthy process with a pre-planning application submitted last year and the full planning application submitted in May 2012.
As yet no decision has been reached and we have been working with LBRUT to resolve several issues.
The scheme has made RFF review the Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL] which was took effect on 1st April 2012, in detail. Any new development within London will be subject to the CIL and Twickenham Green, in the LBRUT, is subject to a charge of £50 per square m.
Our scheme at Twickenham Green consists of a refurbishment and extension to ground floor commercial premises, refurbishment to a first floor flat and a second floor extension, providing an addition one bedroom flat. As expected the second floor extension is deemed a new development. Unexpectedly, the refurbishment of the first floor flat has also been deemed a new development; we are altering access to the flat. This implies that the CIL would be applicable to 109 sq. m of ‘new’ residential development in total.
Further investigations and conversations with a planning consultant, however, highlight that only the extension is subject to the CIL: Development within the existing building is exempt. In addition the area of the existing attic space at roof [second floor] level, which will now be part of the new flat, is deductable from the area of the extension, further reducing the chargeable area.
Twickenham Green has proved a useful exploration into the CIL and it’s impact on projects costs, particularly where small projects are concerned.
Above plan taken from the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule, published by the Greater London Authority.
15th October 2012