Funds for Crouch End – Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy


As people will know the Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge local authorities place upon developers, raising funds to support infrastructure needs arising from new developments.

Whilst 85% of the amount is redirected to Haringey centrally (and inevitably goes toward large projects in Wood Green and Tottenham), some 15% becomes ‘Neighbourhood CIL’, a pot reserved for projects in the area where the development takes place – spent according to the wishes of local people.

So, after a pandemic related delay, the next round of consultation is due this summer and Haringey have asked us to start putting out feelers, searching for suitable local projects. With significant sums are already apportioned across the borough, the NCIL for Crouch End is now pushing toward £600,000. NB. Successful schemes will go through a council applied process, assessed against objective criteria and costed, incl. project management costs, contingencies and long-term maintenance provision. Haringey’s CIL pages are here.

Crouch End’s pot is £600,000 – do you have a local project which will benefit the community?

NCIL eligible neighbourhood projects could include: road and footpath improvements; tree planting; new or improved play spaces and facilities; community safety measures; new or improved cycling facilities; traffic calming measures; and the improvement of local facilities such as libraries, community centres or sports halls. Such projects could be funded in whole or part through NCIL receipts, some are necessarily small, others much larger (for example Hampstead’s pedestrianisation of South End Green was heavily NCIL funded).

Crouch End ideas

A few runners have emerged over the last few years. For example during the pandemic various pavement widening schemes were popular such as the paving over of the top of Weston Park to form a pocket park with seating for local cafés (and events). A similar idea has been floated for Tottenham Lane itself where the pavements are too narrow and cafés are desperate for alfresco fun (the loss of a few parking spots being a good thing – when parked up they just obstruct traffic). What such projects happily include are an element of economic uplift, which chimes with the priorities mentioned to the Forum.

Environmental improvements are frequently cited. This includes pocket parks, but also various community greenery such as the planter at Middle Lane junction or the patches of planting across the Library concourse. There’s room for more such spots perhaps (and Haringey are thinking about these spaces). In any case few would object to extending programmes of tree planting – tree-lined avenues are a popular benefit.

Of course there’s opportunity for parks improvements (Stationers Park is in our area), or infrastructure that aids public safety and combats ASB, or simply locates new seating. Projects could be small or large, maybe simply proposing new signage, better bins, bus stops, secure cycle parking, and so on.

And the grandiose vision? Well, a few far-seeing locals said hurrah, let’s push for a grand re-opening of the Northern Heights railway and Crouch End station…  Meanwhile others, inspired by the Weston Park sink hole, saw an opportunity to begin construction of the Crouch End Canal. Alas, we reckon we’d be a few bob short.

In the interim, a few ideas are worth floating —

Street infrastructure, transport

  • Widened pavements to improve Topsfield & Broadway Parades
  • Improved pedestrian crossings around clock tower
  • Pedestrian/visitor priority over through traffic in town centre
  • New public space at Weston Park
  • Reduce street clutter, e.g. signs and utility boxes
  • Redesign for street clutter at Hornsey TH Square
  • Improved street furniture
  • More town centre seating
  • Planted median strip along Crouch End Hill
  • Separated cycleways
  • Secure cycle parking

Greening, parks

  • Planting for Library square and concourse
  • Urban greening and bio-diversity
  • Supporting Stationers Park
  • Improved accessible entrances to Parkland Walk
  • Trees in town centre
  • Trees along Ferme Park Road
  • Pocket gardening

Community, heritage & culture

  • Grants for traditional shopfronts
  • Public sculpture
  • Support for Hornsey Vale Community Centre
  • Repairs for clock tower
  • Creation of cultural quarter
  • Co-ordination and support for local microbusinesses
  • Identifying & supporting community buildings
  • Remove/improve public toilets

   Image top: credit Weston Williamson architects


  1. Sarah Pepper

    1. Increasingly people cannot sit outside unless they have money to pay for drinks or food in cafe or restaurant’s outside seating. More public seating areas would be of great benefit to older people & parents with small babies who just want to sit and watch the world go around, or need to rest or want to talk to people. This is seen in neighbourhoods all over the world but is sadly lacking in our urban centres, aside from public parks.

    2. Crouch End is very car dominant & it is often hard to cross the road if you have kids in buggies for example. More designated crossing areas would be useful especially in Middle Lane which is busy and difficult to cross.

  2. John Wharton

    The Queens Hotel, 1898-1902 by John Cathles Hill – ‘ One of suburban London’s
    outstanding grand pubs of the turn of the
    century’ ( Pevsner), which I believe is grade 2 starred,has been neglected for far too long.
    It’s owner has removed parts, noteably
    the metal sliding folding entrance gates
    & patched up external doors in an
    inappropriate manner.
    This building desperately needs attention, especially to its exterior.
    What this building does not need is a
    canopy clamped on its facade, as illustrated on the Les deux Margots
    photo shot. Removable tables with
    parasols – acceptable.

  3. Nick Capeling

    As a resident of Church Lane near the old police station, I would like to see changes to the traffic flows at this end of the area.
    Currently there are significant traffic jams on a regular basis due to the one-way system in place where Tottenham Lane splits to Church Lane.
    To remove the current one-way system and revert Tottenham Lane back to a two-way street would greatly benefit the flow and remove the need for lorries from the industrial estate to turn left and come around the top of Church Lane before heading back down to the traffic lights.
    It would also allow for reworking of the square where Tottenham Lane and Church Lane meet, potentially by moving it over to the roadside and open up the Tottenham Lane side for two-way traffic.
    The traffic would run down to the railway bridge at the end and flow to the right which is where it all wants to go anyway including lorries from the industrial estate.
    This also benefits the infant school by removing heavy traffic from its vicinity and can allow for further development of walking and cycling options around Hornsey churchyard for locals, also connecting this area better with the New River development, Clarendon development, and paths to Alexandra Palace which creates much more wide-ranging options for families walking and cycling with children.
    The width of Tottenham Lane and presence of the train station and industrial estate makes it a far better proposition for handling larger volumes of traffic than Church Lane currently does, which is a narrow road with residential homes and a school on it.
    Parking areas on Tottenham Lane could be removed to enable wider traffic space and discourage non-residents from parking here to use the station. There could be one wide pavement along the YMCA and housing side to enable pedestrians with the pavement on the other side removed.
    There is much to benefit the residents of the area by these changes which should be part of wider traffic reduction measures around crouch end, especially targeting commuter traffic which clogs up the main roads through the community such as Tottenham Lane.
    I would be happy to discuss ideas further for improving the infrastructure and helping out in getting change achieved if needed.
    Nick Capeling


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