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Haringey is consulting on how to allocate Neighbourhood CIL. The law says that some of the Community Infrastructure Levy collected should be spent in the area where it is collected. But it doesn't say it very firmly, so Haringey want to grab the lolly while it's there and spend it all as they please. Seems like a bad idea to me.

There is a beautifully written piece about this on the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum website. By complete coincidence the Forum also concludes that this is  bad idea.

The LibDems have sent out a note stating that the consultation is taking place, but carefully avoiding offering any opinion. Perhaps you should write and tell them what to think.

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Dear Adrian Essex,

Haringey Council Consultation on Neighbourhood CIL changes

We wanted to draw your attention to a consultation Haringey Council are currently running on how the Neighbourhood portion of the borough's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money is spent.

CIL money is currently paid by developers to the council when new developments are built to make sure that the council is able to improve areas that see an increase in local population as a result. The consultation proposes altering the governance that restricts the spending of Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL) money — currently restricted to the area of the borough in which the money was generated — instead allowing the council to control where NCIL money could be spent, without restrictions by area.

The intention is to balance out spending between areas that have a high NCIL allocation versus areas that have relatively little, e.g. £1.2m in Noel Park & Harringay vs £12k in West Green, St Ann's & Seven Sisters.

This change affects residents as NCIL money is legislated to be spent on local projects, with the community submitting ideas and recommendations for projects that they believe would be beneficial to the local area and should be funded with NCIL money.

The consultation is running until 5pm on Monday 9th March 2020.
View & contribute to the NCIL consultation

What is Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL)?


The council collects money for infrastructure from new developments through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This is a charge based on the floorspace of new developments.

Legislation allows 15% of collected CIL money (or 25% in areas with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan, such as Highgate) to be spent on infrastructure or 'anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area'. This is called Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL).

Click here for more info on CIL money.

For more information on the areas designated for NCIL, how much is currently available to each area under the existing arrangements, and for more information on NCIL please click here.

If you would like to learn more about the consultation and to send your response, please click the button below to download the review document, or click the more info link above:
View & contribute to the NCIL consultation
All consultation responses must be received by 5pm on Monday 9 March 2020.

Note: As Highgate and Crouch End have designated Neighbourhood Forums, the funds for these areas are ring-fenced to their forum area and are excluded from the proposed changes.

How & when can I submit suggestions for how NCIL money is spent?


In October to November 2018 the council sought views from residents and businesses on what NCIL could be spent on in a "Round 1 NCIL Spending Consultation". The results of this consultation and the successful NCIL projects are due to be confirmed later this year.

Haringey Council will be running a "Round 2 Spending Projects Consultation" to help decide what to spend NCIL on in the future. The timing of this is still to be confirmed, but we are expecting it to run towards the end of the summer this year. If you would like to be notified when this consultation goes live, please continue to monitor emails you receive from us as we will be informing our mailing lists, or email ncil@haringey.gov.uk to be added to Haringey Council's mailing list.

In the weeks and months leading up to the consultation your Haringey Lib Dem councillors will be engaging with residents, businesses and local community groups about how they can engage in the Round 2 process.

If you live in a ward with Lib Dem representation and would like to discuss this with your ward councillors please visit this link for their contact details.

Should you have any further questions about NCIL/CIL, or any other matters, please contact our office by email at contact@haringeylibdems.org or for the contact details of our Liberal Democrat councillors in Haringey please click here.

Best wishes,
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Cllr Liz Morris
Haringey Council Leader of the Opposition | Haringey Liberal Democrats
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