We have reached the final stage on the long road to the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan. All it needs is one last push, and we would really appreciate your help. On 21 June 2018, there will be a public referendum to approve the Plan. If you vote to support it, the Plan will become planning law, taking its place alongside the Camden Local Plan.
The most important thing that you can do is to vote on 21 June. Please put the date in your calendar. Also, please encourage registered voters in your family, as well as neighbours and friends who live in the Plan area, to do the same.
The vote will be run by Camden in the same way as an election, but there will be only one polling station, at Burgh House, New End Square, NW3 1LT. Polling cards will be sent out. If you are registered for a postal vote, you will receive notification in the usual way. If you are going to be away on 21 June, you can apply for a postal vote just for the referendum. (But please act fast!)
We also need volunteers to help us raise awareness of the referendum and to mobilise the strongest possible vote for the Plan. Could you put a small poster in your window? Help us pass out postcards? Help us put up flyers? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
As you know from our previous posts and public meetings, the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum developed the Plan following intensive discussions over the past five years with local residents, community groups and businesses. It contains important new protections and policies in the areas of Design & Heritage, Natural Environment, Basements, Traffic & Transport, Economy, and Housing & Community.
If the Plan is approved in the referendum, anyone making a planning application over the next fifteen years will need to take the Plan’s policies into account – and Camden will also be required to do so in making decisions on applications. The Plan will therefore play an important role in shaping future development in Hampstead.
The Forum designed the Plan’s policies to reflect the views that we heard from residents in the numerous public meetings that we held from 2013 onwards. As a result, we believe that the Plan contains many of the provisions and protections that residents wanted to see, to the extent that these could be achieved within the limits of planning law. The Forum was established, and the Plan written, under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, which gave local communities the authority to shape planning policies in their areas.
Answers to the questions that you may have can be found by following the links listed below. Here's what you need to know: