Castle Point Borough Council is planning to charge residential developers community infrastructure levy (CIL) rates of up to £120 per square metre under proposals published for consultation.

The Council's preliminary draft charging schedule (PDCS) (8-page / 12MB PDF) set out proposals for two separate CIL rates for residential developments. A lower rate of £30 per sq m would apply at Canvey Island, whilst a higher rate of £120 per sq m would apply across the mainland towns of Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley.

Residential care homes are subject to a draft rate of £80 per sq m and hotels to a draft rate of £40 per sq m. For retail developments, the Council has proposed to charge £140 per sq m for convenience retail and £60 per sq m for 'out of town centre' comparison retail. Food and beverage developments within use classes A3, A4 and A5 would be charged at £40 per sq m under the proposals. A draft nil rate levy will apply to all other uses.

The PDCS consultation is open for comments until 21 March. The Council said it plans to implement CIL by June 2015.

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