'Streatery' opens following strong support from residents
Cafés and restaurants in South End Green have expanded onto a widened pavement following strong support from residents in a survey of opinions by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum.
We asked whether residents favoured closing the sliproad from Pond Street to South End Road to create a piazza-like space. Closing the road as a temporary measure was supported by 78% of the 256 respondents, and opposed by 20%. There was caution, however, about a permanent closure, with 52% in favour, 24% against, and 24% opting 'see how it works.'
The 'streatery' at South End Green
Subsequently, TfL agreed to relocate the 168 bus stand from the sliproad to Fleet Road, with no change to the bus route. Though the sliproad remains open to traffic, a 'streatery' has been established on the widened pavement.
The proposal to close the sliproad temporarily came from Hampstead Town ward's councillors. But the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan supports changes at South End Green to make better use of public space. Read our Vision for South End Green in the Plan.
During summer 2020, the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum has conducted several consultations on transport options to assist Camden's response to the coronavirus epidemic. Strong local support for measures to aid cycling was evident in answers to a survey on possible steps that Camden could take.
Of 400 responses from the NW3 area, 80% supported more cycle stands, 78% backed support for repair shops and 77% favoured 'quiet' cycle routes. You can see the full results of the survey by clicking here. An earlier survey, seeking ideas on improving walking and cycling, produced 226 responses. Read about the ideas here.
We are now in discussions on potential locations and funding for additional cycle stands. There is a need for more cycling and walking options because public transport capacity has been cut by social distancing. According to the Department of Transport, a modest increase in cycling would substantially reduce journeys by car, train and bus. The government has announced funding for measures to promote walking and cycling. Camden Council is expediting such measures. You can read about Camden's response here.
The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum is a voluntary group set up by local residents. Under the terms of the Localism Act 2011, communities were given the ability to shape future development in their areas through Neighbourhood Plans. The Forum developed the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan following intensive discussions over five years with local residents, community groups and businesses.
The Neighbourhood Plan, which was passed by referendum with a 91.5% majority and adopted by Camden in 2018, set goals for Hampstead’s future, and policies to achieve them. You can read the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan here, view the Plan area here and follow the process of consultation and drafting that led to the Plan's creation here.
The purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan, and of the Forum, is not to oppose development. Rather, the Plan aims to keep Hampstead lively and contemporary, while safeguarding the fine heritage of our streets and buildings. Hampstead should be enduringly green, with the Heath, open spaces, trees and landscapes well protected. It should be safe and walkable, with good public transport. It should foster local enterprise, supporting the needs who live and work in the area as well as visitors. And it should be a strong community with good amenities.
PLANNING WATCH: The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum comments selectively on planning applications that, in our view, support or are at odds with the Neighbourhood Plan's policies. Click here to see the Forum's recent comments and to see how the Plan's policies are being taken into account in planning decisions.