Read the version of the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan that is subject to the local referendum on 6 February 2020 here
|DARTMOUTH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM UPDATE:|
AGM ON 21 JANUARY
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.
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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