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 





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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

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End of Summer Street Parties

Last Sunday witnessed a very successful community street party in York Rise. A big thank you to the organisers …













We had the following responses to our questions about living in Dartmouth Park:
What do you love about the area?
Pretty much everything!
Friendly neighbourhood
Proximity to the Heath
What would you change?
Encourage more walking and cycling in the area
Reduce traffic in Chetwynd Road – Speed – Hours – Make a one way route
To much dog poo on the streets!
Need for more / better shops on Swains Lane and Highgate Road
Redirect traffic during school drop off and pick at Brookfield School – encourage children to arrive by bike or on foot
Plant more trees / protect green spaces / create community gardens


Look out for the Parliament Hill Party, organised by the Gordon House Road Residents, on the 24th September

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Clean Air Monitoring

The DPNF have joined the Camden’s Air Quality Action Plan by linking up with community members to establish air monitoring at hotspots in the area. Nitrogen dioxide emissions, mostly from diesel cars, cause 23,500 of the 40,000 premature deaths from air pollution each year, according to government data. In April last year MPs said air pollution was a public health emergency.

The following document gives an overview of the project and links to the current UK Air Quality Strategy (2007) objectives  https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/National_air_quality_objectives.pdf.

If a local authority finds any area where these objectives are unlikely to be achieved it must declare it an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and put together an action plane to improve air quality. Camden’s Air Quality Action Plan was published in 2016 https://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/cms-service/stream/asset/?asset_id=3478895&  Camden monitors hotspots across the borough and initiated the Camden Community Air Monitoring Programme to enable a wider monitoring network.

Clean Air monitoring on Gordon House Road

Air monitoring diffusion tubes on Highgate Road

The DPNF has established diffusion tubes between the railway tunnels on Gordon House Road walking towards Gospel Oak Station and Gospel Oak School. And also on Highgate Road close to Parliament Hill School, William Ellis and La Saint Union. The locations will monitor the level of pollution that impact students travelling to and from school on a daily basis. 

John Slater and Robert Mitchell of Brookfield Mansions have set up monitors at four sites around Swain’s Lane:
1. Junction of Swain’s Lane with Highgate West Hill,
2  Junction of Swain’s Lane with Hillway
3 Junction of Swain’s Lane with Chester Road
4. Outside Brookfield Primary on Chester Road

Key air pollutants 

The key air pollutants in Camden are NO2 and particulate matters (mainly PM10 and PM2.5), and to a lesser extent sulphur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO). These pollutants arise from road traffic, gas boilers, and other sources. Air pollution levels are monitored using a number of different instruments some basic, such as diffusion tubes and some complex, such as the fixed monitoring stations.

Nitrogen dioxide 

As a participant of the Community Air Monitoring Programme, we will be measuring the levels of NO2 present in the area we have chosen. NO2 is produced when fossil fuels are combusted for purposes such as powering vehicles. The European Union legal limit for NO2 is 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air (40μg/m3).

NO2 is strongly linked with emphysema, bronchitis, and heart disease. Overloading of nitrogen has also been connected with the degradation of sensitive habitats and deteriorating biodiversity. It is therefore important the causes and effects of NO2 production is understood and awareness is raised of ways to reduce exposure.

For more information, follow this link https://opendata.camden.gov.uk/stories/s/Camden-Air-Quality-Monitoring/bmrm-k7pv

To find out about the range of actions being taken across the borough visit https://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/environment/green-camden/air-quality/

Highgate Report 2013

Councillor Sian Berry prepared a report on Air Quality in Highgate as a result of a 2013 study looking at traffic speed and monitoring data and can be download  via the link:


And the follow up study over a wider area is on this map here:


Camden Air Action

Further work has been via Camden Air Action whose reports and mapping are here, although they only present interactive type maps:

Wider study: https://camdenairaction.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/check-out-pollution-levels-in-your-neighbourhood-with-citizen-science/

School Study 2017

Schools study this year: https://camdenairaction.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/schools-monitoring-project-spring-2017/

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