To unravel the hysterics lets just go back to basics.
Planning consents for developments over 100 square meters attract Community Infrastructure levy’s , Tower hamlets had released a revised charging rate up from 2015’s £200 per sqm to £280 per sq m, the charge is not a new thing and the potential increase is also effected by planning guidance on application of the charges weighed against the Affordable housing and other social and commercial benefits any particular Scheme offers to the community in which it is proposed.
57. Where up-to-date policies have set out the contributions expected from development, planning applications that comply with them should be assumed to be viable. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate whether particular circumstances justify the need for a viability assessment at the application stage. The weight to be given to a viability assessment is a matter for the decision maker, having regard to all the circumstances in the case, including whether the plan and the viability evidence underpinning it is up to date, and any change in site circumstances since the plan was brought into force. All viability assessments, including any undertaken at the plan-making stage, should reflect the recommended approach in national planning guidance, including standardised inputs, and should be made publicly available. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-planning-policy-framework/ 4-decision-making#para57 https://github.com/digital-land/digital-land/issues https://github.com/digital-land/digital-land-tiddlywiki#readme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/viability#Should-a-viabilityassessment-be-publicly-available https://www.gov.uk/guidance/publish-your-developer-contributionsdata
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/delivering-schools-tosupport-housing-growth https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/ uploads/attachment_data/file/843957/ Developer_Contributions_Guidance_update_Nov2019.pdf Mechanisms for securing developer contributions 1. Developer contributions for education are secured by means of conditions attached to planning permission, a planning obligation under Section 106 of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990, or the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL revenues are intended to help fund the supporting infrastructure needed to address the cumulative impact of development across a local authority area. CIL can be used to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of a wide range of infrastructure, including education. Alternatively, a Section 106 planning obligation secures a contribution directly payable to the local authority for education (or direct provision of a school ‘in kind’), though a planning obligation must comply with the following tests set out in the CIL Regulations1, requiring it to be: • Necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms • Directly related to the development • Fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development 2. The CIL Regulations (as amended in September 2019) no longer impose a ‘pooling restriction’ on the use of planning obligations to fund the same type of infrastructure or infrastructure project, and an infrastructure project may receive funding 1 Regulation 122 of The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. 6 from both CIL and Section 106. We advise you to work with local planning authorities in devising their approaches to securing developer contributions, to consider the most appropriate mechanism (Section 106 planning obligations and/or CIL) to secure contributions from developers towards education alongside other infrastructure funding priorities. Also, when CIL charging schedules are prepared, this engagement with local planning authorities should ensure that school developments are