When new building projects take place in Camden, the developers are usually charged a fee known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). In Camden, 25% of this levy is spent in the local area on local infrastructure that addresses the impacts of new development. Some time ago, we agreed CIL spending priorities with our councillors and the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum (who share Camden’s Highgate Ward with us) but now the Council are updating that list and undertaking a public consultation. Camden wants to hear your views by 12 November. So please go to the Camden Consultation page and give them your suggestions for infrastructure projects in the Dartmouth Park area.
A wide variety of infrastructure can be funded with CIL funds. If you need some ideas, the draft Neighbourhood Plan contains a proposed list of priorities for application of CIL funds:
- Hard and soft landscape plan and implementation for the area in front of the shops on Highgate Road close to Parliament Hill Surgery.
- Highway, hard and soft landscape plan for future implementation, based on cycle and vehicular traffic flow next to Gospel Oak Station. Purpose to improve pedestrian, cycle and traffic flow, and to enhance sense of arrival and Heath like characteristic.
- Removal of the telephone box on the junction of Croftdown and St Albans Road. Remodelling of road to create a new ‘peninsular’ and new soft planting.
- New hard and soft landscape design and highway improvements to York Rise to include cycle parking and bin enclosure/shelters.
- Develop with consultants a well-defined lighting strategy for the local area to prevent over-lighting and glare and to protect the natural characteristics of the local area.
- Traffic calming and hard and soft landscaping in front of Brookfield Primary school entrance.
- Public toilet close to Swain’s Lane bus stand.
- Improved cycle routes integration in consultation with local cycling groups. For example dropped kerb at junction between Grove Terrace and Chetwynd Road to allow cycle left turn.
- Provision of increased on street bicycle parking in Lissenden Gardens, Chester Balmore, York Rise, Gordon House Road and Chetwynd Road.
- Community notice Board at i) Library or HNCC, ii) Highgate enclosures close to bus stop.
- Sign post at the junction of Highgate Road and Gordon House Road sign- posting Gospel Oak Station, the Heath, Hampstead and Highgate.
- Improved cemetery gates and exit from Highgate Cemetery onto Chester Road.
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The DPNF would like to know how the community feels about the approach to and arrival at Gospel Oak Station. Footfall to the station has more than doubled in the past five years and is set to increase further with possible future development of the Murphy’s site that runs adjacent to the train line heading east.
Please complete our survey here and let us know how you would like the approach to Gospel Oak Station improved.