I've just come across a consultation from the council which I think we all should comment on.
Long-short, the council has collected some money from the developments happening in the Noel Park/Harringey area (Clarendon, the new building plans in the high street...), so WE have £1,251,384 which can be invested in road/footpath improvements, playgrounds, CCTV, lighting, new trees, or other infrastructure projects.
The council wants to change the current legislation to be able to spend this money in any other areas within the council instead of our community.
This is important for us if we want to see any improvement fight against fly tipping and other crimes with cameras and have a nicer high street and surrounds.
You can consult the map of the areas and full document here: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/...
Please give your opinion here before the 3rd March: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
The council says that it would be a more fair distribution but, actually - as I understand it - it's money developers are required to pay to support the local neighbourhood that large developments are built into. If they did redistribute, that would mean that we suffer the drawbacks of large developments, for example, smaller houses overshadowed by large developments, without a proportionate share of the funding that could help with the infrastructure that will be strained by large developments.
Question " . . . . . who heads up our Neighborhood Areas . . ."? Answer - you do.
The Neighbourhood Areas are manufactured from Haringey's imagination. They do not relate to wards, or parliamentary constituencies or any other recognisable pre-existing thingamajig. So crack on and take action. It's up to you.
Take a look at the map. Ask, for instance why Priory Park has been lumped in with Muswell Hill and not Hornsey or Crouch End.
The only exception is an area with a Neighbourhood Forum. There are 3 in Haringey at present Highgate and Crouch End and Finsbury Park. This unpleasant money grab dressed up as fairness does not apply to Neighbourhood Areas. YET!
There is a discussion about this on HoL also posted by Elena. I've been using it to think out loud and I hope my views are becoming more coherent.
I reckon they should not be allowed to get away with this. If they want to achieve fairness they have the means. If Neighbourhood CIL is £2,366,302 = 15% of the total, then Borough Wide CIL at 85% is £13,409,044. So to achieve "fairness" each of the two boroughs with least NCIL could have £6,704,522. They should keep their grubby mitts off the sums each of the other areas needs to deal with the mass of high rises
Haringey is governed by a cabinet of 10 members. This group decides all council policy under the leadership of its , well, leader.
If the graphic below is correct then the answer to the question "what's the threshold . . . . ?" is either 10 or "sorry there isn't one". If the 10 cabinet members think this isn't a good idea then those 10 opinions would be enough to get this proposal dropped. But they put it up for consultation, so they think it's a good idea and are very unlikely not to nod it through. So another answer might be "270,614 would not be enough". Democracy in action.
But send your responses in anyway. The only thing necessary for the triumph of a small cabal of like minded politicians is that the rest of us do nothing.
So the plot thickens. I've just spoken to Bryce, Principle Planning Officer, and he says that at the end of the consultation - they will review the totality of feedback. There is no set limit (i.e. we need to recieve 500 names to stop this). Like others have suggested, i think we need to hit the streets and get signatures to stop this. I'm concerned that not enough people will read these posts and submit a response.
And appeal to authority. Councillors, residents' associations, community centres and schools. I believe the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum will be commenting.
Here's the letter I wrote to the council - Adrian, I love your phrase "unpleasant money grab dressed up as “fairness'" and used it in my letter.
Feel free to use my letter as a guideline. Don't copy it verbatim, though, because then the council will could both letters as one single letter - I was told this by a council officer during a previous consultation.
Why do you have to admit you are in one of the NCIL rich areas. Leave out this information and object in principle as a resident of the borough.