New flats appearing all over the place: the development at the end of Caxton Road (how many years has that building project been going on now??!); the new nearly-completed block at the Haydons Road end of Haydon Park Road; not to mention the 600+ flats that will be built on the Wimbledon Stadium site as part of the forthcoming AFC Wimbledon scheme.
So what happens to the S106 or CIL payments that planners ask developers to pay to ‘sweeten’ their schemes? And what are they anyway? One good local example of how a developer’s money is put to good local use is the place-marking planted bed at the bottom of Leopold Road (outside the hardware store), which was paid for using some of the S106 payment from Waitrose when it moved into the old B&Q site in Alexandra Road.
Haydons Road north could certainly do with a bit of similar TLC: some planting or street furniture round our way would certainly help make our little shopping parade more attractive and less urban. Any chance? We asked the council what the CIL cash from the new flats/Sainsbury’s store on the corner of Haydon Park Road would be spent on. No answer. Perhaps you too could email Merton Council with the same question? (Details below…)
What is a CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)?
Councils raise money out of new developments which can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure – in the district, not necessarily the immediate local area. This is the CIL or Community Infrastructure Levy.
What’s the benefit?
Previously councils negotiated a S106 (section 106 agreement) site by site and this was just for larger schemes. It used to amount to approx 6% of the cost of the scheme. Now all developments (except change of use conversions) pay a CIL, while larger ones also have to pay a site-specific S106 fund. This enables more money to be put into a local community. Hence the Wimbledon Stadium is liable for a S106 agreement (full details of which have not yet been announced) that may cover costs for highways improvements, and a contribution to increased demands on local health and education services, for example.
What things can it pay for?
1. Physical: eg highway improvements, cycleways , flood alleviation
2. Social: education, health, art and culture, sports halls, community buildings
3. Green: parks, woodlands, play areas, public open space
A guide to CIL in Merton:
If you have time, you can read Merton’s CIL guide in full here: http://www.merton.gov.uk/cil_guide_june_14.pdf
Click on Chapter 11, and it explains how CIL money is spent in Merton. Notice 96% is being transferred to TfL for Crossrail. On page 23 it explains in detail the process for identifying projects to pay for.
What Merton is spending CIL money on:
You can read what the council aims to spend CIL money on here: http://www.merton.gov.uk/regulation_123_list_version_1-2.pdf
Want to contact someone at the council about it?
Development Control: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Future Merton: 020 8545 3587 email@example.com