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DPNF UPDATE : AGM 21 Jan 2020 / Referendum 6 Feb 2020

Read the version of the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan that is subject to the local referendum on 6 February 2020 here



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 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 –

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.

Read the plan here.

Why and when are we having a referendum?

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.
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Have your say on Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan

We all have a role to play in improving air quality in Camden, that’s why we’re asking you to help develop our Clean Air Action Plan.

During our Camden 2025 community conversations you told us that air quality is vitally important, with participants in particular asking that we work together to improve the air that we share.

With this in mind, we launched our Camden Clean Air Partnership in July, bringing together residents, local businesses and campaigners for a ‘Design Day’, exploring practical ideas for air quality improvement.

Key themes covered on the Design Day included:

  1. Transport emissions
  2. Construction and development emissions
  3. Public health and awareness raising
  4. Delivery, servicing and freight
  5. Communities and schools
  6. What can you do to help improve local air quality

Now we’re opening the discussion wider with a new website where you can have your say. We’re keen to capture as many of your voices as possible to help us develop our Clean Air Action Plan which will launch next year.

Read the full details of actions from the design day and join the conversation by Sunday 30 September.

To leave your feedback visit

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ana Ventura
Senior Sustainability Officer (Air Quality)

Safer cycle routes for everyone

Air Monitoring on Highgate Road

Reduce traffic on residential streets


Clean Air Monitoring

The DPNF have joined the Camden’s Air Quality Action Plan by linking up with community members to establish air monitoring at hotspots in the area. Nitrogen dioxide emissions, mostly from diesel cars, cause 23,500 of the 40,000 premature deaths from air pollution each year, according to government data. In April last year MPs said air pollution was a public health emergency.

The following document gives an overview of the project and links to the current UK Air Quality Strategy (2007) objectives

If a local authority finds any area where these objectives are unlikely to be achieved it must declare it an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and put together an action plane to improve air quality. Camden’s Air Quality Action Plan was published in 2016  Camden monitors hotspots across the borough and initiated the Camden Community Air Monitoring Programme to enable a wider monitoring network.

Clean Air monitoring on Gordon House Road

Air monitoring diffusion tubes on Highgate Road

The DPNF has established diffusion tubes between the railway tunnels on Gordon House Road walking towards Gospel Oak Station and Gospel Oak School. And also on Highgate Road close to Parliament Hill School, William Ellis and La Saint Union. The locations will monitor the level of pollution that impact students travelling to and from school on a daily basis. 

John Slater and Robert Mitchell of Brookfield Mansions have set up monitors at four sites around Swain’s Lane:
1. Junction of Swain’s Lane with Highgate West Hill,
2  Junction of Swain’s Lane with Hillway
3 Junction of Swain’s Lane with Chester Road
4. Outside Brookfield Primary on Chester Road

Key air pollutants 

The key air pollutants in Camden are NO2 and particulate matters (mainly PM10 and PM2.5), and to a lesser extent sulphur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO). These pollutants arise from road traffic, gas boilers, and other sources. Air pollution levels are monitored using a number of different instruments some basic, such as diffusion tubes and some complex, such as the fixed monitoring stations.

Nitrogen dioxide 

As a participant of the Community Air Monitoring Programme, we will be measuring the levels of NO2 present in the area we have chosen. NO2 is produced when fossil fuels are combusted for purposes such as powering vehicles. The European Union legal limit for NO2 is 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air (40μg/m3).

NO2 is strongly linked with emphysema, bronchitis, and heart disease. Overloading of nitrogen has also been connected with the degradation of sensitive habitats and deteriorating biodiversity. It is therefore important the causes and effects of NO2 production is understood and awareness is raised of ways to reduce exposure.

For more information, follow this link

To find out about the range of actions being taken across the borough visit

Highgate Report 2013

Councillor Sian Berry prepared a report on Air Quality in Highgate as a result of a 2013 study looking at traffic speed and monitoring data and can be download  via the link:

And the follow up study over a wider area is on this map here:

Camden Air Action

Further work has been via Camden Air Action whose reports and mapping are here, although they only present interactive type maps:

Wider study:

School Study 2017

Schools study this year: