Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Ealing Local Planning Authority (LPA) intends to submit a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule for independent examination.

A separate report sets out the results of our testing of potential CIL rates to inform the council’s decision making on a CIL Draft Charging Schedule with the main findings summarised in Section 7 of the report. This report and its supporting appendices test the ability of development typologies in Ealing to support emerging Local Plan policies while making contributions to infrastructure that will support growth through CIL.

This report provides further background information on infrastructure delivery planning.

The consultation will run from 28 February 2024 until 10 April 2024. Any representations must be received by 6pm on 10 April 2024. (CIL Public Notice)

Representations can be made in the following ways:

  • by email at
  • by post to CIL CONSULTATION, Strategic planning team, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, London W5 2HL

What is CIL?

CIL is a charge/levy on new development, the purpose of which is to help fund the provision of strategic infrastructure. It is for use in connection with the extra demand placed on infrastructure generated by new development. It can be applied to most residential, commercial and other new development (including some permitted development) and is charged as £/per sq. m of net additional floorspace. The levy is not intended to be the main source of finance for infrastructure in the borough, but it will help to fund the identified gap.

The Mayoral CIL is already in place and is a charge on new development to help fund Crossrail. Whilst this charge is collected by London boroughs, it is passed to the Mayor of London.

Ealing LPA’s CIL will be in addition to the Mayoral CIL and the monies raised will help fund infrastructure within our own borough.

Ealing LPA’s CIL covers the entire area of the London Borough of Ealing except the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) which is a separate local planning authority and sets its own CIL rates.

Legislative requirements

The legislation and guidance needed to set the CIL is in place. The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, setting out the scope and procedures, came into force on 6 April 2010. The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2012 came into force on 29 November 2012. Changes were made to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations through the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 which came into force on 1 September 2019.

How the levy is set

The purpose of CIL is to provide a simple and transparent means of collecting funding for strategic infrastructure. The levy is set at a cost/£ per square metre of net additional floorspace. The legislation does however allow authorities to apply differential charging rates if the viability evidence supports this approach. Differential rates can potentially be applied across different parts of a borough or by type of development (for example residential, office, retail and leisure) only if the viability evidence warrants this variation.