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Green light for Hampstead planning guide

Referendum on local plan to be held on June 21

16 March, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Members of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum

A NEIGHBOURHOOD plan that will guide new developments in Hampstead has been given the green light by a Whitehall planning expert – and now residents living in the area will get to vote on whether they wish to see it become part of Camden’s planning laws.

The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum held their annual general meeting on Monday night at Burgh House, New End, and chairwoman Janine Griffis was able to tell members their draft plan had been ratified by planning inspector Jill Kingaby and could now be put to a vote.

Hampstead residents will go to the polls on June 21 and Ms Griffis told the New Journal she was excited to see the proposals, created by a group of volunteers over four years of consultation, approach its final hurdle. Made up of 19 new policies drawn up by the Neighbourhood Forum, it tackles some long-standing issues in the NW3 area.

Split into five sections covering design and heritage, natural environment, basements, traffic and transport, economy and housing and community, it beefs up the Town Hall’s planning laws and offers guidance to developers.

Ms Griffis said she hoped the 5,000 people eligible to vote across an area that stretches from Parliament Hill to South End Green, Hampstead Village and across to Finchley Road would turn out to show their support for a plan that puts in place stronger policies over controversial areas such as basement development, turning businesses into homes, and building on green spaces.

She added: “The plan is very much what we hoped for… She understood our aims and objectives and they meet the basic conditions.” One aspect the plan suggests is limiting the size of lorries that can access the area’s streets. If the plan is given the go-ahead by voters, shops will only be able to use seven-and-a-half ton vans to deliver goods.

Ms Griffis added: “It is the blueprint for the future of Hampstead. It means any development will have to enhance the character of Hampstead, be appropriate for Hampstead and will not add any extra problems, such as traffic.”

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