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Consultation on proposals for Chester Road temporary accommodation

To give everyone involved the same opportunity to meet the design team and discuss the proposals, we are holding a second drop-in exhibition event for local residents:

On Weds 19 June, between 3.30pm and 7pm at St Marys Brookfield church.

Why are we here?

• Our aim is to ensure that everyone has a roof over their head or is on a pathway to achieving this, minimising homelessness and rough sleeping.

• We propose to develop the Council’s portfolio of temporary hostel accommodation so that it better meets the needs of homeless households and supports the longer-term objectives of finding them settled, sustainable housing.

• We will develop new hostels to provide improved accommodation for residents and help us to deliver a sustainable service.

• Instead of paying high rental charges to the private sector to house homeless households, the Council will re-develop some of its own temporary accommodation buildings for homeless families. Bringing the temporary hostel accommodation in-house will enable the council to provide better quality accommodation for those who have a short term housing need and save the council a significant sum in rental charges.

• We will engage with residents affected by this change who live and work close to the Chester Road Hostel as the proposals are further developed, and would like to listen to their views on the Council’s proposal to demolish the existing hostel and replace it with a new one for families.

For further information contact:

Louise Trewavas  LLB CIM
Project and Stakeholder Engagement Officer
CIP and Major Projects
Supporting Communities
London Borough of Camden


3rd floor
5 Pancras Square
London N1C 4AG

DPNF submits proposed Plan to Camden Council

Camden Council


Notice of receipt of a proposed Neighbourhood Plan

Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum has submitted its proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Camden Council, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012.

We are now consulting residents and interested stakeholders on this proposed Plan.

How does this affect me?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory planning document setting out planning policies for the development and use of land in the area. The Plan sets out a range of policies on matters including design and character, housing, public realm, environment and sustainability, and transport.

The Neighbourhood Plan, if approved, will be used, alongside the Council’s policies when making planning decisions in the neighbourhood area.

To view the proposed Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents (including a map showing the boundary for the Plan – the ‘neighbourhood area’) and for further information on how to respond to this consultation please go to:

Comments must be received by Friday 3rd May 2019 and should be sent via e-mail or post to:

Planning Policy

Regeneration and Planning

London Borough of Camden

Judd Street

London WC1H 9JE 

What happens next?

Once the consultation has finished, the Council will forward the responses and the Neighbourhood Plan to an independent examiner.  The examiner will assess whether the plan meets the statutory requirements.   If the plan passes the examination, a referendum will be organised to give the community the final say on whether the Plan is to be used in determining planning applications in the designated neighbourhood area.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Tel: 0207 974 1573 or e-mail

DPNF Plan submitted to Camden January 2019

Following five years of consultation and development with and by members of the local community the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Camden.  The next steps are a formal 6 week consultation by the Council, followed later in the year by an independent examination and local referendum.

Please see links to the Consultation document and appendices below:

DPNF Plan Submission Draft (23.01.19)

DPNF Basic Conditions Statement (23.01.19)

DPNP Consultation Statement (23.01.19)

Appendix 1 – Walkabout June 13

Appendix 2 street party 13

Appendix 3 Pre-xmas gathering Nov 13

Appendix 4 Engagement Responses by Theme 2014

Appendix 5 makegood lowres

Appendix 6 Murphys ParlyParty 17

Appendix 7 – Reg 14 Comments

Appendix 8 Response to Camden Reg 14 Comments






Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum (DPNF), organised under the Localism Act 2011 and managed by a committee of local volunteers, publishes the consultation draft of the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan to coincide with its AGM on 25 April 2018.

Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan Published for Consultation

DPNF is actively seeking comments on the draft Plan from those living and working in the area.


This Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan seeks to ensure that Dartmouth Park is a vibrant neighbourhood with a balanced and diverse community, with thriving local centres and excellent connectivity with the rest of London. While welcoming sustainable development that provides new jobs and needed housing, the people of Dartmouth Park wish to ensure that the area’s village character, rich architectural heritage, attractive green streets, open spaces and natural environment are not only maintained but enhanced.

The highlights of the draft Plan are:

• Policies on design and character that seek to protect Dartmouth Park’s distinctive feel by protecting green spaces, heritage assets and special views (5 of which are identified in the Plan), and welcomes development that is in scale with its surrounds.


• Policies on housing that promote social rented housing to maintain a balanced stock, take a sympathetic approach to extensions where they are in keeping with existing buildings to enable growing families to stay in the area, and encourage housing for older people and those with disabilities.


• Policies on community that seek to protect an identified list of local community facilities, including Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the area’s sports provision, unless new development provides comparable alternatives.


• Policies on neighbourhood centres and employment that resists the loss of shops, cafes, services and workplaces, and supports co-working spaces for homeworkers.


• Policies on environment and sustainability that designate a number of Local Green Spaces and biodiverse areas for special protection and promote energy efficiency.

• Policies on transport and streets that prioritise pedestrians and cyclists in the design of development.


• Policies for specific sites that include the expectation that applicants work with the community on seeking mutually agreed solutions before planning applications are submitted. These sites are Murphy’s Yard, Mansfield Bowling Club, Swain’s Lane, Highgate Newtown Community Centre and ASF Garage. For Murphy’s Yard, which DPNF understands may become available for development in the coming years, the Plan includes a set of principles for a genuinely mixed-use neighbourhood of up to 500 homes (in the part that falls within the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan area), with employment, housing, cultural and community uses around an open space spine linking Kentish Town with Gospel Oak station and Hampstead Heath.


• Beyond the new planning policies, a set of projects that have been suggested and worked up by local people, including:

– Improved access to Gospel Oak station, with proposals put to Transport for London

– Landscape improvements to and ‘pocket parks’ in areas like Highgate Road, Highgate Newtown, Gordon House Road, York Rise and Croftdown Road

– Better integration of cycle routes and the provision of dedicated, secure cycle parking

– Reopening the Highgate Cemetery Chester Road gate

– Reinstatement of public toilets at Swain’s Lane

– A definitive study with Camden Council of how traffic can be reduced on Chetwynd Road, which currently has 5-6000 vehicles passing along each day.



• The DPNF AGM is on 25 April at 8pm at Highgate Road Chapel, 2 Chetwynd Road NW5 1BU. Nominations to join the committee are welcome.

• The draft Neighbourhood Plan contains a community-derived vision of Dartmouth Park over the next 15 years and contains policies that will be adopted by Camden Council as part of its Local Plan, subject to the Neighbourhood Plan passing a local referendum and satisfying an independent inspector.

• The Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by people who live or work in Dartmouth Park, and in particular by members of the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum, a group of local people who have collected the baseline information, developed the policies and proposals, and consulted with the wider community of Dartmouth Park throughout the process.

• Consultation on the draft Plan runs from 25 April to 15 June.

• Comments can be made via the website, by email to, or on paper at Highgate Library on Chester Road.

• The Plan will be submitted to Camden Council after comments from this round of consultation are taken on board.

• Neighbourhood Plans are the most localised level of the planning system. The right for communities to prepare Neighbourhood Plans was established by the Localism Act 2011, and the rules governing their preparation are set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2016. They give communities a say in how their local areas are planned and how planning policies should be applied.

• As well as preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, DPNF has been active in other areas of its purpose, which is to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area. This has included:

– Listing the subsequently-reopened Dartmouth Arms as an Asset of Community Value, and defending this listing at a legal hearing. This listing prevented its conversion to a different use.

– Submitting responses to controversial planning applications, such as Highgate Newtown Community Centre and ASF Garage.

– Monitoring air quality

• For further information contact