Surrey council has given the go-ahead to a “poll tax” on housing developments in the county.

Senior councillors have approved a tariff on all new housing schemes, which will lump together all section 106 payments for education, transport and environmental facilities.

Unlike the roof tax in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which is worked out on the basis of the number of homes in a scheme, the levy will be set according to the number of people likely to live in the development. This will range from 1.31 occupants for a one-bedroom home to 3.73 for five bedrooms.

Under the formula firms will be required to pay nearly £6,000 for each prospective occupant in a development.