Steps to a Neighbourhood Plan

The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum was set up to create a Neighbourhood Plan under the provisions of the Localism Act. Here, we present a chronological account of our progress. The events listed below, and the documents behind each link, are steps in a long journey that, we hope, will result in a Neighbourhood Plan representing the ambitions of people who live and work in Hampstead. We present them in reverse order, so that the latest step will always appear at the top.

Third Annual General Meeting 3 March 2016

The third AGM was held at St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill. Short presentations were given on several of the Forum's projects, for example on air quality. Janine Griffis, Forum Chair, summarised progress on developing the Neighbourhood Plan. The slides shown in the presentations can be seen here. An account of the air quality presentation by Stephen Taylor can be read here. A new committee, including several new members, was elected. 

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Committee meetings in 2015 

The Forum's committee held nine meetings in 2015. Most of its discussions were about the development of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan, which is the Forum's main goal. A draft of the Plan was taking shape throughout the year and is continuing to be developed in spring 2016. 

Read the minutes of the meetings in January, February, April, May, June, July, September, October and November.

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Second Annual General Meeting 6 March 2015

The second AGM was held at St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill. Well over 100 of the Forum's 800 members attended. The meeting heard a report on the Forum's progress and a presentation from representatives of Highgate Neighbourhood Forum. A new committee, including several new members, was voted in. 

Read the report of the meeting.

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Community conversation 20 November 2014

The Forum presented the results of the Vision consultation to residents at Hampstead Community Centre. Those who attended then discussed priorities for the Neighbourhood Plan, based on the aims and objectives contained in the Vision document.

Read the report on the views expressed.

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Seventh committee meeting 13 November 2014

The Forum's committee held its seventh meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Positive responses to Vision document November 2014

About 400 people responded to the Vision document, and gave it strong backing.

Read a summary report here.

Residents gave their views by answering a questionnaire.

View slides on the responses here. 

Just over half of respondents also offered written comments.

Read analysis of the views they expressed here.

We also made a more detailed analysis of responses, question by question.

Read a detailed review here. 

Finally, we analysed the information that respondents gave about themselves.

Read the summary data here.

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Sixth committee meeting 9 October 2014

The Forum's committee held its sixth meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Camden approves Hampstead Forum 7 October 2014

Camden formally approved the designation of Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum.

View details of all Neighbourhood Forums in Camden.

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Forum invites views on Vision document September 2014

The Forum's Vision document, deriving from the public consultation carried out so far by the Forum, was circulated to all households within the Forum's area, with an invitation to comment. The purpose of the document was to set aims and objectives that would provide the foundations for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the Vision document here.

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Fifth committee meeting 10 September 2014

The Forum's committee held its fifth meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Fourth committee meeting 15 July 2014

The Forum's committee held its fourth meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Hampstead summer festivals June and July 2014

Forum volunteers discussed local issues and signed up many new members at its stands at summer festivals.

Read the report here.

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Third committee meeting 18 June 2014 

At the Forum's third committee meeting, it was decided to devise a Vision document for public consultation, as an important step towards building a Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the minutes here.

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Camden opens public consultation on Forum 12 June 2014

Each neighbourhood forum requires approval from the local authority before it can proceed. Among the elements that require formal approval are the proposed area boundaries, and the constitution. The authority also must be satisfied that a forum has consulted widely. Before it can give this approval, the authority must hold a six-week public consultation.

Read the details on Camden's website.

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Second committee meeting 15 May 2014

The Forum's committee held its second meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Tea party at St Stephens 27 April 2014

About 120 people attended a tea party at St Stephens, Rosslyn Hill. Like the previous two public meetings, this produced many thoughts from residents.

Read the report here.

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First committee meeting 8 April 2014

The Forum's committee held its first meeting.

Read the minutes here.

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Brainstorming session 6 March 2014

Immediately after the AGM, those who attended took part in a brainstorming session about priorities for the Forum.

Read the report here.

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Inaugural Annual General Meeting 6 March 2014

The Forum's first annual general meeting was held at Hampstead Community Centre. About 80 people attended. A constitution and boundaries for the Forum's area were proposed, and a committee was elected.

Read the minutes here.

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Burgh House meeting sees a Living Village 26 January 2014

About 50 people gathered at Burgh House to discuss what was important to them about Hampstead, and their priorities for the village’s future. The purpose was to begin setting the mandate for the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum, which was being established to develop a Neighbourhood Plan under the provisions of the Localism Act.

Read the report here.


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