CIL & Neighbourhood Planning

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree with the conclusions of a new report published by Neighbourhood Planners? There are signs of frustrations among the community with the Boroughs as neighbourhood planning matures. The report's conclusions include a comment that the 15% Neighbourhood element of CIL has impacted only a minority of London Boroughs. Do you agree with the suggestions made in the report as a way forward? What measures can be put in place to effectively promote the scope of neighbourhood planning and CIL?


Answer for CIL & Neighbourhood Planning

Answer for CIL & Neighbourhood Planning

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you for raising this issue with me.  The report from Neighbourhood Planners.London is a useful snapshot of the current situation in London and tracks progress of how the relatively new community infrastructure levy (CIL) system is bedding in. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations (2010) as amended were laid before parliament by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Accordingly, I have no powers to amend the regulations.  Regulation 59A (2) states that the duty to pass on CIL monies to local neighbourhoods does not apply to the Mayor's CIL.  Regulation 59A (3) is clear if a Neighbourhood Plan is in place, the borough must pass on 25% of the relevant CIL receipts, and Regulation 59A (5) states if a Neighbourhood Plan is not in place, 15% of the receipts must be passed on.

Planning permissions can be implemented over three years, but most London boroughs have had their own CILs in place for less than three years.  Over time, as more planning permissions are implemented with a CIL charge in place, the amount of revenue being passed on to neighbourhoods by London boroughs will increase.  In addition, as more neighbourhoods adopt a Neighbourhood Plan, the proportion of CIL to be put towards neighbourhood level initiatives will increase.

Most of the report's recommendations are aimed at boroughs and their internal arrangements on how they promote their CIL to their neighbourhoods.  I note that boroughs' responses to this issue are currently mixed and I will ask for the report's recommendations to be discussed in light of London's overall needs at the boroughs' CIL collection group which TfL convenes.