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Mayor launches consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy to fund Crossrail 2

On Monday the Mayor launched public consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy* 2 Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (MCIL2 PDCS) that will be used to contribute towards the funding of Crossrail 2.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge (introduced by the Planning Act 2008) as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. Most new development which creates net additional floor space of 100 square metres or more, or creates a new dwelling, is potentially liable for the levy. Some developments may be eligible for relief (affordable housing) or exemption (education or healthcare uses) from CIL.

There is already a Mayoral CIL in place to fund Crossrail 1 and a planning obligation (Section 106) charge that applies to commercial floorspace in Central London and the North of the Isle of Dogs and within 1km of a Crossrail station. The intention is that from April 2019 MCIL2 will supersede the current Mayor’s Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL1) and the associated planning obligation/S.106 charge.

Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East. It connects the National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire via a new tunnel and stations between Wimbledon, Tottenham Hale and New Southgate, linking in with London Underground, London Overground, Crossrail 1, and national and international rail services. Like Crossrail, Crossrail 2 will address major emerging pressures on the transport network. Population and employment in London and the South East are forecast to grow strongly – by a further 20 per cent over the next 15 years. Without action to relieve crowding, boost connectivity and unlock new housing, London and the wider South East will struggle to grow sustainably in coming decades.

The proposed new scale of charges are below:

Further information can be obtained here. London First will be preparing a formal response to the consultation – please contact Sara Parkinson if you have any questions or would like to get involved.


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