Community Infrastructure Levy – a £900,000 investment in Crouch End
All new large residential developments in Crouch End have to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), to Haringey Council. This money is paid to mitigate the negative impacts of development in the area. Of that money, 75% of it is retained by the Council and spent centrally on an infrastructure plan.
Because Crouch End has its own Neighbourhood Forum, it is entitled to 25% of the rest being spent locally. At the moment, that sum is about £900,000. The Neighbourhood Plan will contain a list, decided by local people, of the best projects to spend that money on. It could be improving libraries, green spaces, transport, community spaces, youth projects, education – a wide variety of projects can be considered.
However, if we do not have a neighbourhood plan, we are only entitled to 15%, which in our case is about £540,000. That leaves a sum of £360,000 which will be spent elsewhere if we don’t get to produce a plan. It is quite hard work to do this, but the extra money could make a big difference.
Click here for a list from Brent Council which show you the types of projects that have been supported by CIL in our neighbouring borough
The CENF AGM on the 31st March, from 1300hrs to 1515hrs in the Hornsey Library Original Gallery, is where we will be discussing this. Please come to support, and also see our website about considering to be a committee member, to ensure the plan goes forward.