Camden Council held a Development Management Forum on Murphy’s Yard on 8th September. The full planning application is likely to be submitted in February/March next year. Camden recorded the meeting which can be viewed here:
Murphy’s Yard have their own consultation website here:
DARTMOUTH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM STREETS FOR PEOPLE SURVEY, JULY 2020
Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum undertook a survey of local people and businesses to test the water on the community’s views on traffic and travel in our area.
The Government is actively encouraging local measures to reduce traffic in residential areas, including implementing ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ (LTNs), which are springing up across London. We wanted to know what our neighbours thought about the principle of an LTN and other measures in Dartmouth Park.
The survey took place over 2 weeks in late July 2020 and was completed by 401 people. We are very grateful for this amazing response.
Responses were received from a broad range of people:
Living on 67 different streets
44% under the age of 50
45% have children under 18 in their household
Regarding issues experienced:
82% think there was too much traffic in Dartmouth Park before lockdown
70% think there was too much traffic on their street before lockdown
At least half of respondents say that their immediate local area suffers from:
94% appreciated the fall in traffic and improved air quality during lockdown.
Regarding possible interventions, the following number show how many respondents say they are very supportive and quite supportive of each measure:
77% support removing obstructions from pavements for people with disabilities
75% support reducing through traffic
73% support trialling a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme in Dartmouth Park
71% support cycle lanes on busy roads such as Highgate Road and Gordon House Road
69% support banning through traffic so long as traffic is not displaced onto other local residential streets
68% support restricting through traffic at peak times
64% support pedestrian/zebra crossings across main roads
62% support widening pavements where practical
62% support changing some streets into pedestrian areas
61% support play streets – temporary closure of residential streets to allow children to play
60% support vehicle-activated speed signs
55% support rephasing traffic lights to benefit pedestrians
54% support more cycle parking hangars
50% support removing pavement parking
47% support extending bike hire into Dartmouth Park
46% support more cycle paths on Hampstead Heath
46% support removing parking from Highgate Road to allow more space for cycling
45% support more one way streets
39% support secure parking for cargo bikes
39% support traffic calming such as speed humps
34% support more brightly lit streets
When people were asked what measures they would support to help the businesses and enable safe community interaction in our 4 local centres:
For Swain’s Lane:
78% support more cycle parking
77% support more places to sit
77% support more planting and environmental improvements
76% support new public toilets
74% support closing to traffic at weekends to allow businesses to put tables and chairs in the street
72% support restricting traffic access to improve the environment for pedestrians and outdoor customers
68% support removing some parking to allow businesses to put out more tables and chairs
For York Rise/Chetwynd Road:
66% support more planting and environmental improvements
65% support removing some parking to allow businesses to put out more tables and chairs
65% support closing to traffic at weekends to allow businesses to put tables and chairs in the street
61% support restricting traffic access to improve the environment for pedestrians and outdoor customers
55% support more cycle parking
54% support more places to sit
For Highgate Road (around Parliament Hill Medical Centre):
74% support more planting and environmental improvements
70% support more cycle parking
65% support new public toilets
56% support more places to sit
For Chester Road:
68% support more planting and environmental improvements
60% support more cycle parking
54% support more places to sit
We have shared the findings with Camden Council to enable them to decide how to respond to them.
Armed with these findings, we will campaign for measures to improve the neighbourhood for residents and businesses.
We are seeking funding to explore the issues raised in the survey with the community in more depth.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM ON 6 FEBRUARY – PLEASE VOTE YES! Annual General Meeting, 21 January, 7pm for 7.30pm.
Please come to our AGM at the Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre on Croftdown Road. We will update on what’s in the Neighbourhood Plan and hear from invited speakers. More details to follow.
We would love some new faces to put themselves forward to join our committee. Contact us at email@example.com if you would like to put yourself forward or to find out more.
What has the Neighbourhood Forum been doing in 2019?
2019 has been a year with lots of work behind the scenes for the Neighbourhood Forum, getting our Neighbourhood Plan ready for the local referendum. After consulting on a draft of the Plan in 2018, we made some changes in response to comments received and submitted it to Camden Council in January 2019, along with a number of other documents such as a Consultation Statement. You can see these on our website – www.dpnf.org.uk
An independent examination of the Plan took place between April and July. This involved another round of consultation and resulted in the Examiner approving the Plan to proceed to a referendum subject to some minor amendments. We made the suggested changes and the Council signed them off in September. Details of this process can be viewed on Camden’s website.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why we should have one in Dartmouth Park?
Neighbourhood Plans are the most localised level of the planning system. They generally cover quite small areas, such as wards or parishes. They give communities a say in how their local areas are planned and how planning policies should be applied. They are mainly intended to be used in making planning decisions. When a development or change is proposed in Dartmouth Park, Camden Council will have to refer to the Neighbourhood Plan and check whether proposals are in keeping with policies the community has developed. The policies in the plan will in general apply for the next 15 years.
The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by us, a group of local volunteers, over a number of years. If it passes referendum, the views of local people, as expressed in the Plan, will directly influence any changes in our area, including on potentially major development sites like Murphys Yard, Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Mansfield Bowls Club, should new proposals come forward.
Our Plan is mostly concerned with making sure that any development – large or small – maintains the special character of the area.
A Neighbourhood Plan only has any weight if it has passed a local referendum with over half of votes cast.
We were all set to hold the local referendum in early December but this was delayed by the General Election.
The new date is Thursday 6th February, with polling stations at Highgate Road Chapel (Chetwynd Road) and Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre (Croftdown Road). If you live in the Neighbourhood Area, you should receive a polling card early in January.
Other news: what else is going on?Camden Council’s Kentish Town Planning Framework is out for final consultation now. It sets out their expectations for future development on Murphys Yard and also Regis Road (which is not in the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum area). Please take a look and give your views to the Council by 29 January 2020.In the meantime, Murphys are preparing their own planning application. The designs that they showed at exhibitions included several tall towers. We will continue to engage with them to ensure that the final scheme fits well into the surrounding neighbourhoods and has an appropriate mix of uses, including genuinely affordable housing. Murphys have a website to explain all, here. It’s great to see the new shops fitting out on Swains Lane. The Swains Lane Retail Forum has worked hard to attract the type of independent traders that many local people want to see. Happy new year to all our neighbours! We hope to see you at our AGM and please don’t forget to vote on 6 February.