A series of community projects have been chosen to benefit from almost £3 million worth of Brent Council funding.

Its cabinet agreed the latest round of neighbourhood community infrastructure levy (NCIL) at a meeting on Monday (September 9).

A new community café, a hall renovation and a mass tree planting are among the major schemes to benefit from the decision.

They are three of eight projects to receive more than £100,000, while a further 36 will be given some form of NCIL funding.

Cllr Shama Tatler, who is responsible for regeneration, planning and property at Brent Council, said: “The reason we are able to give this money to projects such as these, is because of the development that you see happening in Brent and the fact that developers have to pay this levy, which we can then use to fund these projects.

“People sometimes have differing views on regeneration and the new buildings appearing in Brent, but one thing we have always been clear on is that we want the regeneration that’s happening in Brent, to benefit the borough and to benefit our residents.”

Refurbishment of a building for a refugee support network, work on a clubhouse and the installation of a central heating system will also receive in excess of £100,000 worth of support each.

Another community café will receive funding to help support running costs and a building used by homeless charity Crisis UK will also benefit.

Cllr Tatler urged community groups to apply for the next round of NCIL funding, which opens on October 1.