Crossrail Levy

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Kingston has no underground service at all and will not benefit from Crossrail. Under these circumstances would it be more appropriate for funds, payable by businesses and developers in the Royal Borough, towards 'Crossrail levy' to be diverted to extend London Overground services or the District Line to Kingston?


Answer for Crossrail Levy

Answer for Crossrail Levy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not agree that Kingston will not benefit from Crossrail. Indeed my draft prospectus on my proposal for a business rate supplement noted that Kingston will see £18.3M in annual transport and earnings benefits.

The areas within which it is proposed that the policy to enable contributions towards Crossrail to be raised through the planning system are shown in annexes 1 and 2 of the draft supplementary planning guidance on 'Use of Planning Obligations in the Funding of Crossrail' - basically central London and the northern part of the Isle of Dogs. Paragraph 4.24 of the draft guidance explains circumstances in which it might be appropriate to seek contributions elsewhere, but I think it is probably unlikely that sites in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames will be caught by them.

Where the proposed Crossrail policy does not apply, the general London Plan policy (6A.4) on priorities in the use of section 106 agreements applies. This makes clear that affordable housing and transport are to be given the highest importance.

There is a separate funding stream for Crossrail based on a proposed Business Rate Supplement (BRS), which is being taken forward, under different legislation. The BRS will be paid by occupiers of buildings with a rateable value of more than £50,000. I have published a draft prospectus on my proposals for a BRS which made clear my intention to charge the full 2p across Greater London and I am currently considering the responses to consultation. The BRS legislation does not permit me to make area-based exemptions.