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Monday, 07 December 2020 10:24

Community Infrastructure Levy - Who Will Benefit?

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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008, as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. The Levy is designed to help fund the infrastructure, facilities and services - such as schools or transport improvements (eg, dare we ask, a cycle/footbridge across the Thames at Sunbury?) needed to support new homes and businesses.

It is our understanding that the CIL fund for Spelthorne currently exceeds £5m and is supposed to be under the control, or at least be monitored by, the Surrey/Spelthorne Joint Committee. Our Chairman, Paul Thompson and Tom Fidler, local Councillor and a member of the JC, have asked a number of questions about CIL but have not yet received any useful answers, beyond establishing that any allocation would go on behind closed doors.

We accept that the Covid pandemic has been immensely disruptive to the Council's order of business but will nevertheless continue to press for answers as and when circumstances allow.

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  • Comment Link Elleke Friday, 11 December 2020 22:11 posted by Elleke

    It is totally unacceptable but not surprising that any serious consideration given by Spelthorne to the CIL would take place behind closed doors yet given that people most affected by their approvals for planning applications, regardless of any lack of infrastructure, are the residents. This totally goes against the recent proposal by the Leader of the Council to start a consultation on the 14th of December on proposed changes to it’s decision making model which should provide a more open, democratic, inclusive and transparent way of conducting Council business. Apparently this is to encourage a strong trust between the Council and residents so that local people feel truly involved in decisions that affect their community/ quality of life....Can I therefor suggest that the Council takes the opportunity to discuss any business re the CIL NOT behind closed doors which may reassure residents that this consultation is not just a ‘tick box’ exercise?

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