Local Infrastructure Fund
The Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF) is the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ term for the neighbourhood portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL). The focus of LIF is to help deliver local infrastructure and address the demands and pressures that development places on an area.
When there is a new development, developers are required to pay a charge which is called the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and this used to provide a range of infrastructure across the borough.
CIL regulations require 15 per cent to 25 per cent of CIL to be set aside as the neighbourhood portion. The council approved 25 per cent of CIL to be used as its neighbourhood portion – known as LIF.
Government guidance on the neighbourhood CIL requires that we engage with the local communities where development has taken place. This tells us how to spend that specific pot of money and ensure it matches the priorities expressed by our local communities.
We consult the public each year to find out what our community thinks we should be spending the LIF money on in each LIF area. This usually takes place in the Autumn of each year, so the next consultation is expected to be held during September/October 2021.
The latest consultation feedback - 2020 LIF consultation
The last consultation took place between 9 November until 18 December 2020. To provide feedback on what local people told us during the consultation, a consultation statement is now available with a supporting appendix.
The statement provides a brief overview of the local infrastructure project themes local people suggested during the consultation for further consideration by the council. The accompanying appendix lists all the verbatim responses which represents the 550+ projects suggestions.
For further information about LIF, what projects were previously allocated LIF money and future consultation updates please visit our dedicated consultation platform Lets Talk Tower Hamlets.