In order to deliver sustainable development we need to make sure new housing is supported by adequate infrastructure and that some of those new homes are affordable. To achieve this we have polices to ensure new development contributes by providing land, buildings or finances to deliver new infrastructure and affordable housing.
The Elmbridge Development Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Community Infrastructure Charging Schedule set out the contributions required from new development towards infrastructure, affordable housing and Thames Basin Heaths mitigation through the use of both planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
We have produced a template and a calculation tool which allows applicants to calculate the contributions payable.
You will need to open the excel spreadsheet, select ‘Enable Editing’ then ‘Enable Content’, and save a copy before completing.
Planning contributions charge sheet – calculation tool
All Councils are required to ensure at least some housing is considered to be affordable. Core Strategy Policy CS21: Affordable Housing sets out our target for the number of affordable homes we will deliver by 2026 and the proportion of affordable housing, or the financial contribution to support their delivery that we expect to be provided where there is an increase in housing. Where applicants consider that the charge is disproportionate, the Council will request that the relevant information setting out scheme viability is submitted for independent assessment as set out in our Development Contributions SPD.
The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (February 2019) incorporated the provision set out in the Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) in relation to affordable housing contributions into national policy. This introduced a conflict with the Councils approach to affordable housing provision as set out in Policy CS21. A Statement on Affordable Housing Provision on Small Sites has been prepared which outlines the Councils position on the new NPPF and how it intends to take forward decision where there is a conflict between local and national policy.
To support the continued implementation of Policy CS21 on a case by case basis, the Council commissioned consultants (Dixon Searle Partnership (DSP)) to undertake a Viability Report with Appendix to review the approach to seeking affordable housing contributions on sites of fewer than 10 units. The Council intends to undertake regular reviews on its approach and further updates will be published here.
Important - please note
Elmbridge has some of the highest land values and property prices in the country. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for residents to find reasonably priced homes either to buy or to rent. However, it also means that nearly all development for new homes in the borough can make full affordable housing and CIL contributions.
We, as a council, are committed to doing everything in our power to address the housing crisis and to maintain the transparency and accountability of our decisions. As such we publish all financial viability appraisals submitted as part of planning applications received on or after Monday 19 March 2018 alongside other planning documents on our website.
Thames Basin Heaths
Within Elmbridge, Chatley Heath and part of the Ockham and Wisley Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) has been identified as an internationally important habitat for three rare species of ground nesting birds. This habitat is known as the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area (SPA). Core Strategy Policy CS13: Thames Basin Heath’s SPA sets out a local framework to ensure that the SPA is protected from the implications of additional residential development and mitigation is secured.
If you are submitting a planning application for Cobham, Weybridge or Hersham please review the Development Contributions SPD to understand whether there are requirements relating to Thames Basin Heath.
Is my property within the SPA zone?
A legal agreement is required for provision of both affordable housing and SAMM and a template is provided below.
Unilateral Undertaking template
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
CIL is a charge on some forms of new development, raising funds towards infrastructure that is needed to support new development. We started collecting CIL in April 2013. Within Elmbridge CIL is payable on residential and retail development that include any new build of 100 square metres (sqm), or more, of gross internal floorspace or any development that involves the creation of an additional dwelling, even when below that size threshold.
The CIL charge was set in 2013 at:
The CIL charge is liable to indexation which is calculated using the national All-in Tender Price Index published by the Build Cost Information Service (BCIS).
With indexation the estimated charge for 2018 is in the region of £165 per sqm for residential dwellings and £65 per sqm for retail development.
CIL is calculated per sqm of development on gross internal area (GIA). GIA is the area of a building measured to the perimeter walls at each floor level. The guidance note sets out what falls under this definition.
Gross Internal Area definitions (GIA)
A number of types of development are exempt from paying CIL but an applicant is still required to apply for an exemption.
The Government’s most recent CIL guidance provides further information on specific requirements relating to exemptions and the procedures you must follow.
Since April 2013, permitted development (development which does not require planning permission) may be of a sufficient scale to be liable to CIL. It is then the responsibility of the developer to serve a Notice of Chargeable Development to us before development starts. The CIL charge will then be calculated and applied just as though planning permission had been issued. Please note that we may also advise if CIL is payable when dealing with 'Do I need Planning Permission' requests and as part of its Planning compliance process.
Complete forms for a CIL liable application.