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Examiner approves Islington CIL charging schedule

An examiner has recommended that the London Borough of Islington's community infrastructure levy (CIL) draft charging schedule (DCS) is approved (14-page / 142KB PDF) subject to two minor modifications. 

Following an examination hearing in January, the examiner issued his report last week concluding that the DCS provides an "appropriate basis" for collection of the levy in the borough.

The Council has proposed dividing the borough into two different charging zones with Zone A covering the parts of the borough included in the London Plan Central Activities Zone and Zone B covering the remaining borough.

For residential developments, the DCS set a draft rate of £300 per sq m to apply within Zone A and a rate of £250 per sq m to apply within Zone B. Retail uses were set at a rate of £175 per sq m in Zone A and a rate of £125 per sq m in Zone B. 

Hotel developments were proposed to be subject to a rate of £350 per sq m in Zone A and a rate of £250 in Zone B. For office developments, a rate of £80 per sq m had been set to apply in Zone A, with a nil rate levy set to apply in Zone B.

A borough-wide rate of £400 had been proposed for student accommodation schemes and a rate of £80 per sq m for assembly and leisure developments, conference centres and most sui generis developments. A draft nil rate levy had been set for most industrial developments; public leisure, health care and waste facilities; emergency service facilities; water and waste-water facilities and non-residential institutions.

The examiner said in his report that the Council would need to make two minor modifications to meet statutory requirements, including clarification that the 'sui generis' use description applies specifically to nightclubs, private members’ clubs and amusement centres and clarification that any other non classified uses have a zero charging rate.

The Council said in a statement that it intends to adopt the CIL charging schedule on 7 July. 

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