CIL spending

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tax that local authorities can charge developers to raise funds for the infrastructure needs arising from new developments. Now we have a neighbourhood plan, 25% of the CIL money collected from new developments in Highgate must be spent in the area. Read more about the Community Infrastructure Levy.

We now have significant funds from Camden Council and Haringey Council and are working with the councils to implement our first CIL-funded projects. These include:

  • Improvements to Holly Lodge Community Centre
  • Playgrounds at Hillcrest Estate and Parkland Walk and BMX track enhancement next to Highgate Library (facility for young people).
  • Hoppa Bus feasibility study
  • Signage for visitors
  • Highgate Library lift

Complete list of CIL ideas

During the consultation around the plan, we asked the community to prioritise which projects to spend CIL money on:

  • Shuttle bus linking communities
  • Enhancing Pond Square
  • Supporting Waterlow Park
  • Highgate Bowl project
  • Community space at 271 bus terminus
  • Trees on North Hill/Archway Road
  • Facilities for young people
  • Dedicated, safe cycleways
  • Green pockets and corridors
  • Crossings on Archway Rd
  • Playgrounds at Hillcrest and on Parkland Walk
  • Safe cycling learning space
  • Solar panel and wind turbine schemes


  • Guerilla gardening
  • Green walkways
  • Support for Holly Lodge Community Centre
  • Signage from Highgate station to Highgate Village
  • Making Highgate station cycle/disabled/pedestrian friendly
  • Grants for improved shopfronts
  • Old Highgate Overground station project
  • More investment in Archway Road commercial area
  • Better street lighting around Holmesdale Road and Langdon Park Road
  • Improve street furniture and appearance of Archway Road
  • Establish Highgate farmers’ market
  • Improve Archway Road shopfronts
  • Reduce street clutter, such as signs and IT equipment boxes
  • Create shared road space on Highgate High Street
  • Make The Bank ‘access only’ and convert to pedestrian/cycle way with  green planting and seating
  • More even paving in the High Street and better lighting in Pond Square
  • Make Pond Square a living, vibrant community asset
  • Continue the C2 bus up West Hill to connect Highgate to the West End
  • Restore the public toilets in Pond Square
  • Restore tree in memory of Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira in Peace Park
  • Create pocket parks throughout the area
  • Refurbish Victorian cast iron lamppost in planter on Hornsey Lane Gardens
  • Include a small, short stay car park in the Highgate Bowl project
  • Improve pedestrian route up Archway Road at the south end
  • Introduce a Highgate Card for local shops
  • Support local SMEs
  • Create one cohesive group organising Highgate events, such as Fair in the Square and the Christmas Lights
  • Replace street signs at Jacksons Lane & Southwood Lawn Road with ones in keeping with the venue
  • Additional parking facilities – perhaps connecting shuttle bus with a park-and-ride facility
  • Contribute to Lauderdale House Refurbishment fund

Which CIL projects matter most to you?


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