Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL)

What is NCIL?

The Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) is a community funding programme that uses money collected from developers. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a non-negotiable charge that developers pay to councils on most new developments. It is used to deliver the infrastructure needed to support development. 

Investment can include:

  • community facilities
  • parks and open spaces
  • transport improvements.

A portion of CIL can be set aside to be spent on neighbourhood priorities, known as NCIL. NCIL money has to be spent to support the development of the area. It can be spent on infrastructure, or anything else that supports the demands that development places on an area.

In Lewisham there are two NCIL funds:

  • Ward NCIL funds projects that are intended to benefit one of Lewisham's 18 individual wards
  • Borough-wide NCIL funds projects that will benefit two or more wards in the borough or the borough as a whole

How local communities influence how NCIL funds are spent

We asked the local community to submit ideas and priorities of how you would like NCIL spent in your area. You can view ideas that were submitted and voted for on the Commonplace website. The NCIL Fund priorities have been agreed through Mayor and Cabinet supported by feedback from the Commonplace consultation with residents and community groups.