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About DPNF

The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum  (DPNF) was established in response to the Localism Act that enables local communities to produce Neighbourhood Plans to guide future development and growth in their area.

The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum Area is outlined on this map.

DPNF Boundary Lines

Highgate and Kentish Town have also formed Neighbourhood Forums.

Why has it been set up?

Councils are required to bring forward development sites in their areas within a five year plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan allows the community to express views on the area and steer potential future developments by embedding the Neighbourhood Plan into the local planning system.

It allows the community to define visions, aims and aspirations for their area.

Who is the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum?

The Neighbourhood Forum is for everyone who lives or works in the area.

It needs your support and commentary to ensure that a plan is developed that is truly representative of local community and business aspirations.

The process began at a large public meeting in February 2013 that asked for a committee to be formed of 21 people.  The committee includes residents from many different locations across the area, local business people and representatives from different age groups.  It is fully diverse and non-political.

The DPNF has been organised so that it can run a consultation process as widely and effectively as possible and hopes that you will become fully engaged with this, join in and support the process.

What is the Neighbourhood Forum intending to achieve?

The DPNF main objective is to produce a Neighbourhood Plan based on the consultation feedback. We expect the final consultation period to run over the spring of 2016. We will then prepare a plan to submit to the council and community for a referendum in the summer.

If it is agreed our plan for Dartmouth Park will have statutory planning status.

If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Forums, download some or all of these documents:

Locality Road Map

Locality Worksheets

KTNF AGM Thursday 23/01/2016

Our neighbouring Forum are moving ahead with their proposals. Please read and comment on ‘s Neighbourhood Plan before 29 January 

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The KTNF Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 28th January at the Kentish Town Community Centre, 7.15 to 9 pm. All are welcome. The meeting will include details of the Referendum on the KTNF Plan and the election of the KTNF Committee.

For further information, see KTNF.


Update from City of London on Hampstead Heath play facilities

Further to my recent email, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update now that the review has been completed and the plans for the future of the facilities have been determined.

One O’ Clock Club

The One O’ Clock Club (OOCC), at Hampstead Heath, will continue to run year-round, Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 3pm.  A small charge will be necessary which, will be reinvested into running the service, further details will be provided in the New Year.

It was very clear from feedback that this facility holds an important place in the community and I wanted to update you on the future arrangements.  The City will be creating a new post of Play and Learning Project Officer, who will work across both the OOCC and Adventure Playground.  They will be supported by a part-time Play Leader at the OOCC.

 Adventure Playground

While there will be some changes to the operating hours of this facility, it will continue to offer a range of opportunities for young people.

  • After school sessions will continue from April to October 3.15pm to 5pm (3.15pm to 6pm during July & August).
  • The Saturday play sessions will continue April to October during term time from 10am to 4pm.
  • A school holiday programme will continue to operate Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

As is the case for the OOCC, a small charge will be necessary.  The equipment at the Adventure Playground is being reviewed to enable children over 8 to access the playground outside of the sessions detailed above.

In addition, the City of London Open Spaces Department is developing a new Learning Programme which will be responsible for school sessions across the Heath.  It will also introduce new projects for young people to learn about and experience nature.  These new schemes will include a natural play project for families with children under the age of 5 and another working with young people not in employment to develop valuable work-related skills.

The input from staff and the public has been appreciated, and this feedback has been helpful in assisting us move towards a more focussed learning and play offer for children from the Heath’s local communities.  It is clear that there is a great deal of support for these facilities.  The City of London will actively seek to engage with the local community to help develop these valued facilities for the future.

I hope that this information explains the plan to continue to provide play facilities on the Heath, while introducing new projects for young people to learn about and experience nature.

 Best wishes


Yvette  Hughes

Business Manager – Hampstead Heath

Telephone: 020 7332 3977

Fax: 020 8348 1677


Please see the attached flyer from HNCC which is being circulated today, for a drop-in session next Wednesday 25 Nov, 2-7pm.

HNCC Development Meeting 2015 hncc_Poster

Camden, as part of their Community Investment Programme, have an ambitious plan to secure the future of Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Fresh Youth Academy.

The Architects RCKa and officers will be on hand to talk you through the latest proposals and tell you more about the next steps in creating a sustainable development that reflects local need and delivers improved services.

Location: HNCC

Address: Millie’s Café, HNCC, 25 Bertram Street, N19 5DQ

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 2-7pm