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Community infrastructure levy

Find out about the community infrastructure levy.

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) was introduced in April 2010. It allows councils in England and Wales to fund infrastructure by placing a charge on new developments in their area, based on the size and type of the development. The money raised can be used to pay for things like parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities and leisure centres.

CIL timeline

August 2013: we submitted our community infrastructure levy (CIL) draft charging schedule to the planning inspectorate.

15 October 2013: the examination in public (EiP) took place. See the relevant documents and the inspector’s final report below.

25 February 2015: our CIL charging schedule and CIL infrastructure list (123 list) and installments policy were adopted.

1 April 2015: from this date, the CIL has been levied on all liable new developments granted in the borough. This is in addition to the mayor of London’s CIL which we have been collecting since 1 April 2012.

We recently undertook a consultation exercise as the first stage in the review of our CIL charging schedule. We have now decided to pause the review of our CIL charging schedule to align it with the review of the Local Plan. This will ensure that there is a comprehensive approach to planning and investment in the borough. To keep updated with information on the review of the CIL charging schedule and progress on the new Local Plan please visit our CIL and Planning Policy webpages, or contact planning.policy@lewisham.gov.uk

Section 106 agreements

We continue to use section 106 (S106) agreements alongside CIL to address site-specific issues identified during the planning process. Our approach to planning obligations and how they will work alongside CIL is set out in our adopted planning obligations supplementary planning document.