Camden Community Infrastucture

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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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 https://camdencommunitychallenges.commonplace.is/

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

 

LAUNCH OF DARTMOUTH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION DRAFT, 25 APRIL 2018

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.

 

Notes:

• 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 www.dpnf.org.uk, by email to info@dpnf.org.uk, 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 info@dpnf.org.uk