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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


Kentish Town Planning Framework

Camden Council have just launched the Kentish Town Planning Framework. The council is keen to get feedback from the local community and have organised a series of engagement sessions throughout March.

The engagement period is now open and you will have the opportunity to comment on the proposals until the March 23, 2018.

How can I see what is being proposed and how do I feedback?

View the information and complete the online questionnaire here

There are two proposed drop in sessions scheduled this month, where you will have an opportunity to talk to members of the Placeshaping team.

The drop in session dates are:

  • 5.30 to 8.30pm Wednesday 7 March 2018
  • 1 to 4pm Thursday 15 March 2018

The venue:

  • Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA

The exhibition will be on display at the library for the whole of the engagement period. Hard copies of the questionnaire will also be available.

To view the engagement material click on the documents below:


You can view, download and complete the questionnaire online and there is also a permanent display in the Kentish Town library.





The weblink is:

Please can you share this among your network and encourage people to attend the drop-in session on Wednesday 7 March, 5.30 to 8.30pm and Thursday 15 March, 1 to 4pm.


What makes the DPNF area special? Through the eyes of our young community members …

At the York Rise Street Party in September Catherine Wells organised a photo competition for young photographers aged between 7 and 14 who live and travel to school in the area. The challenge was to capture what makes the Dartmouth Park area SPECIAL …

We were delighted with the results as the observations by our young community members really touched on things that we all love about the very special nature of Dartmouth Park.

‘I love the area because there are lots of fun things to do.’ Hampstead Heath paddling pool by Iris Castell

‘What makes Dartmouth Park special is being so close to the Heath and being able to share its spectacular views, scenery and nature.’ On Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath by Katy Hermer

‘I like living in Dartmouth Park because we are so close to town and I can see the Shard and the BT Tower from my window.’ Sam Carolan


‘I love Dartmouth Park because all my friends live in the area.’ Portrait of the ‘Sandwich Man’ on Swain’s Lane by Maia Mussan



‘Dartmouth Park is both beautiful and has a good feeling of history.’ Rose garden by Sanam Shah


‘A great thing about Dartmouth Park is that people who live here take such good care of the tree pits that they are like mini gardens.’ Mini gardens on Laurier Road by Matildo Minto


‘I think that Dartmouth Park is special because of the varied, vivid foliage effortlessly twirling itself round the old iron gates.’ On Dartmouth Park Road by Sasha Mesquita



‘I love Dartmouth Park because I love the flowers round the trees.’ by Pheobe Ogilvie









‘I like living in Dartmouth Park because I can run down the hill.’ by Dora Carolan


‘My photo of Dartmouth Park, shows the old and the new and even on a cloudy day the sun shines through.’ By Maisy M


‘Because it is famous!’ the Dartmouth Arms by Freddie Mirams

‘I like Dartmouth Park because of the greenery. The trees and plants make York Rise really stand out against all the other streets.’ Photos by Rufus Ogilvie 





HNCC Development Meeting 26th October Highgate Library 5.30 / 7.30pm.

There is a drop-in being held at Highgate Library on Thursday 26th October 2017 between 5.30 and 7.30pm. The project team will be there to discuss the consented proposals along with information about how these are being developed. Everyone welcome.

The planning application for the project was discussed on 27 April 2017 and planning permission granted.  The planning reference number is 2016/6088/P


The existing buildings were built as a Territorial Army facility more than sixty years ago and are reaching the end of their lifespan.

Over the past three years we have been talking to residents, service users and community groups about the proposed redevelopment. A number of options were considered, including refurbishment of the existing building.

After extensive consultation, Camden’s Cabinet agreed to the proposals set out in option five (please see proposals linked below). Residents had the chance to have their say on the design and layout of the proposals prior to a planning application being submitted. Comments on this, the fifth iteration of the proposals, closed on 31 May 2016.

Taking on board comments from the proposals we made changes to the scheme and the latest design was presented on 20 September at a public exhibition.

The changes made in response to comments and concerns from the community included:

  • reducing the heights of the buildings
  • bringing the HNCC building into line with Bertram St
  • cutting back and removing windows to Winscombe St
  • increasing natural surveillance to the courtyard
  • reducing the size of the roof terrace
  • moving living areas away from shared gardens

A presentation of the latest design proposals was made on Tuesday 20 September 4pm-8pm at Highgate Newtown Community Centre