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London First calls for Government to hold off London borough CIL for three years

London First has called on the Government to suspend the introduction of the borough Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in London for three years.

In a letter to Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, London First’s chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, argues that the financial viability of many redevelopments in London could be undermined by the charge for incremental development. She also points out that some local authorities are setting the CIL at rates that also render some proposed developments uneconomical.

Speaking at the opening of the first London Property Summit today, London First’s chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, said:

“Planning and regeneration can help drive economic recovery but the introduction of the CIL in its current form could threaten that.

“The CIL in its current structure, charging for incremental development, will damage growth – not just in the sectors directly affected, such as construction and development, but also for those businesses that need new, modern premises. Coupled with the fact that local authorities have set unrealistic CIL levels, this could make many major developments uneconomic at a time of constrained demand.

“We urge the Government not to implement in haste and then find itself repenting at leisure.”

Read a copy of London First’s letter to Mr Pickles

For further information contact Paul Large 020 7665 1428

Notes to editors: 

Following discussions with Government officials, some technical amendments to the original CIL Regulations 2010 have now been laid in Parliament. These deal with unforeseen consequences in the regulations that could have led to developers making repeated payments for the same developments.  View the amendments.

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