Press Release The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum Dated: 26 May 2020

The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum (DPNF) is the 4th in Camden[1] to have developed and obtained approval of it’s neighbourhood plan (Note 1). It was formally adopted on 2 March 2020, after a referendum in which 87.9% of the votes cast were in favour. It will now guide decisions on planning applications in the area.

The outgoing Chair of DPNF, Ben Castell said: “I am delighted that we have succeeded in articulating through the Neighbourhood Plan what the community would like to see in terms of this beautiful area, with its rich heritage, its socially diverse community, and its commitment to sustainability.  Along with the committee and other supporters, we worked hard to engage the community to develop a clear idea of a vision and priorities for the area, and to develop proposals and now policies that will help shape the area over the next few years. [For me, what was most satisfying was the level of active participation by so many to shape this plan, making it a meaningful and important part of Camden’s planning policies.]” [see notes 2 & 3]

A new Committee has been formed following the AGM in February, and the new Chair and Vice Chair are in place along with two sub-groups (see Note 4).

The new DPNF Chair, Maya de Souza, states: “I am excited to take on this role, working with a group of talented and knowledgeable local residents in leading the Forum into the next phase. I am keen to see DPNF as a community body make a valuable contribution to the area in terms of planning and development. It also has an important role in shaping local projects and help put Community Infrastructure Levy funds to good use.  We have many challenges to take on board including: as to housing and provision of facilities suitable for residents taking on board age, income and other characteristics, safeguarding the heritage of the locality, and enhancing the sustainability of the area. We are committed to fully involve residents and local businesses, work with elected councillors, and build partnerships with existing groups to do so. On behalf of the committee, I’d like to invite anyone to get in touch who would like to be involved”.

DPNF Vice Chair, Valerie Doulton said, “I am pleased to continue taking part in this important endeavour, and look forward to working with the Committee and local residents. I’d like to extend my thanks to former DPNF Chairs, Ben Castell, Ellen Gates and Kay Hughes, as well as previous committee members and supporters for their tireless work to bring this challenging first phase of DPNF to a successful conclusion.”.

Recently, the DPNF has contributed to a number of key decisions with success.

  • Highgate Newtown Community Centre – Demolition Management Plan: this was submitted by the contractor in March, but plans for community engagement were cancelled because of the lockdown. The DPNF committee submitted a request for an extension of time for the consultation on the plan as well as detailed comments pointing out strong concerns relating to nuisance to neighbours in the lockdown period and safety concerns as to the heavy movement of trucks on Bertram Street, which would result from the proposed plan. The Council has now agreed a an extension of the consultation until 31 May, and DPNF urges all to respond and make their views known.  A working group meeting has been set up for Thursday 28 May 6.30-7.30pm. Residents are encouraged to email if interested in attending.

“The DPNF is eager to ensure Dartmouth Park residents are treated with the utmost care, respect and safety during this development phase, andnd that their ordinary lives are not seriously disrupted. We’d encourage all those affected to put in a response to the consultation by 31 May,” states Ellen Gates, member of the Planning & Development sub-group.

  • Haddo House: 5G Mast Application

DPNF submitted comments to oppose the plan to install new equipment on this iconic building with “unusual features that give it distinctiveness and flair”. The equipment would be tall and bulky, affecting the clear lines of the building.

  • Dartmouth Arms – Asset of Community Value

DPNF’s application for the Dartmouth Arms registration as an Asset of Community Value to continue has been successful.


1. The Referendum version of the Plan is here

2. The vision of the area as set out in the Plan is as follows:

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, excellent connectivity with the rest of London and increasing opportunities for pleasant and safe active travel. 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.

3. Priorities & Objectives

The following Objectives are designed to help us achieve our Vision for Dartmouth Park:

Design and Character  Ensure a neighbourhood that is predominantly residential, characterised by a rich variety of architectural styles and excellent design.  
Housing Community  Provide a mix of housing for people of all means.  
Neighbourhood Centres and Employment  Create a neighbourhood that has a strong community feel, encompasses a wide mix of social groups, and is supported by first-class community services. Ensure the neighbourhood has thriving local centres and is served by a wide range of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs
Environment and Sustainability  Retain the neighbourhood’s leafy feel, with treasured green and open spaces and wide, tree-lined roads giving a village feel, and contribute to addressing issues of climate change and air quality.  
Transport and Streets  Ensure the neighbourhood is well-connected both to neighbouring areas and to central London by excellent walking and cycling links and public transport.  

4. A new committee has been elected – Nick Bradfield, Ben Castell, Maya de Souza, Valerie Doulton, Ellen Gates, Ilona Hay, Jessica Jacobs, Sue King, J-J Lorraine,

Kathleen Molnar, Emily O’Mara, Catharine Wells, Eileen Willmott.

The new Chair is Maya De Souza and Deputy Chair is Valerie Doulton.

5. Structure

The sub committees include – 

  • Planning & Development Sub-Group
  • Projects Sub-Group

Please Contact –

Kathleen Molnar, Communications Lead, DPNF

07973 510 866

[1] Fortune Green and West Hampstead, Kentish Town, Hampstead, Dartmouth Park