Enfield consults on infrastructure levy

By Jim Dunton - Thu 13 June 2013, 5:20 pm

Enfield Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on its proposed community infrastructure levy (CIL) to help fund new schools, roads and parks through new development.

Under the authority’s proposals, developers would be asked to pay between £40 and £120 per sq metre for new housing developments depending on their location in the borough.

New financial and professional-services space, restaurants, cafés  and pubs would attract a CIL of £60 per sq metre, while new betting shops and hot food takeaways would be charged £85 per sq metre.

Other developments, such as offices, industrial units, leisure facilities and community buildings would not pay a fee.

The borough said the new charging regime, which councils can seek to adopt as an alternative to Section 106 “planning gain” agreements, was a “fairer, faster and more transparent” system.

Councillor Del Goddard, the council's business and regeneration lead, said the borough wanted to see a wide range of new businesses set up in within its boundaries, as well as encourage residential development.

“We plan to use the CIL to raise funds for vital infrastructure,” he said.

"We have based the cost of the levy on the impact each development has on the borough, and we're not ashamed to admit we're using this scheme as a way of encouraging business to come and set up in Enfield and help create an even more dynamic economy for the borough, to provide the jobs and training opportunities that our residents need during the present difficult economic period.

"This is clearly a very exciting time in Enfield, and we really can expect to see significant growth across the borough in the coming years, but we need to make sure that our existing residents' interests are protected at the same time that we welcome new people to our fantastic borough."

The consultation is open until 5pm on 19 July. The CIL preliminary draft charging schedule can be seen here.