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This process necessarily entailed the removal of buildings which we believed at the time did not mean that construction had commenced, and it was for that reason that the CIL Commencement Notice was not served. There was certainly no intention to delay the payment of the CIL, and we consider that to remove the Social Housing Relief on what was a technicality was wrong.
We have provided 21 affordable homes within this site alone and as one of the biggest developers in the borough we have willingly paid £10’s of millions to the Council over the years in order to support local infrastructure and community projects by way of S.106 Contributions and CIL payments. We sincerely hope that we can continue to do so for many years to come, as we have always had a good relationship with the Council. In the meantime, we are considering the judgement carefully with our legal advisors before deciding what further steps to take.”