The Community Infrastructure Levy has been with us for almost ten years now. However, its role in raising money from development to support a wide range of local projects – both hard infrastructure as well as a range of more community-led projects – in urban areas that have promoted development is often not particularly clear and doesn’t get much in the way of coverage.
From my perspective, having spent quite a proportion of my time over those ten years working in the West End and wider Westminster, I was curious to see how CIL that has been collected in Westminster since 2016 is being spent.
All the information is in the public domain and is published by Westminster City Council. But it is split across several different reports, so I’ve brought it all together onto a single interactive map in the hope that this is easier to see.
There’s a summary map of the projects below but for the full set of information and explanation, visit the full CIL Projects page. This also shows details of all the city-wide projects and shows project breakdowns at ward and neighbourhood area level.
A few key trends & headlines:
- About £64m of CIL has now been collected from new development in Westminster;
- About £35.5m has been earmarked for, or spent, on projects;
- Well over 120 separate projects have received funding;
- About £29m remains (as of January this year) to be allocated;
- Of that, about £8m is supposed to be spent at the neighbourhood level, and the remaining £21m by WCC centrally;
- Of the neighbourhood areas, Little Venice and Maida Vale has collected the most “neighbourhood” CIL (£1.5m) although none has been allocated;
- Perhaps unsurprisingly, when looking at CIL spending ward by ward, West End has seen the most CIL expenditure;
- The two largest single projects were the Schools Travel Plan Programme, to improve pedestrian links to various schools, and zero-emission street cleaning for Oxford Street and environs.
This information is based on my analysis of Westminster’s reported information, but any mistakes / discrepancies in the presentation are mine.
It’s worth bearing in mind that this only covers money raised from CIL and doesn’t include financial contributions secured as part of planning permissions for specific, identified topics, or affordable housing. It also doesn’t include financial contributions to Crossrail, through the Mayor of London’s separate CIL charges.