Hounslow consults on CIL draft charging schedule

Out-Law News | 24 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm |

Hounslow Council has opened a consultation on its community infrastructure levy (CIL) draft charging schedule (DCS), proposing rates of up to £200 per square metre for residential developments.

The Council has proposed in the DCS (7-page / 293 KB PDF) to divide the borough into three charging zones for residential developments. In 'Zone 1', which covers the east of the borough, including Brentford and Chiswick, a rate of £200 per sq m has been proposed.

A levy of £110 per sq m would apply to residential developments in 'Zone 2' under the plans. This zone covers central areas including Osterley and Isleworth. In 'Zone 3', including Hounslow, Feltham, Hanworth and East Bedfont, a rate of £70 per sq m has been proposed.

A borough-wide rate of £155 per sq m has been proposed for convenience-based supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses which span more than 280 sq m of retail space.

A nil rate levy is proposed for healthcare, education and emergency service facilities in all parts of the borough. All other uses will be charged £20 per sq m, the DCS said.

In addition to CIL charged by the Council, any developments in the borough will also be subject to Mayoral CIL. The Mayoral CIL charge in Hounslow is £35 per sq m on all uses except for health and education purposes, which are exempt from the levy.

The public consultation ends on 19 October and the Council said it expects to adopt CIL in March 2015.