Forum to hold public meeting on Neighbourhood Plan

The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum will hold a public meeting on Tuesday 31st January 2023 to learn the opinions of residents and businesses on potential revisions to the Hampstead Neighbourhood Plan.

The meeting will be at 7pm at the Hampstead Community Centre, 78 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE. There will be a presentation on potential themes of revisions to the Neighbourhood Plan, followed by, we hope, a lively discussion.

The Forum, which is a group of volunteers, wrote the Neighbourhood Plan under the terms of the Localism Act, which allowed communities a bigger say in shaping the future of their areas. Hampstead’s Plan derived from broad consultation, including public meetings. It was approved in a referendum in 2018, meaning that people making planning applications are required to pay attention to its policies just as they do to the Camden plan and other planning regulations.

While the Plan is still quite new, a lot has happened in the nine years since our first consultations. The climate emergency has made sustainability and environmental protection even more imperative. So we want to strengthen our policies to encourage sustainable architecture. This raises an important question: how should we balance the conservation of our area’s beautiful heritage with the use of new technologies in, for example, energy provision and insulation?

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic altered the way we spend our lives. With many people working from home, we need to make sure we are helping to build a healthy economy and community. We often talk about Hampstead’s charming village atmosphere: let’s make sure it keeps flourishing.

Once we have held public consultations on revising the Neighbourhood Plan, we will proceed to create a new draft on which we will consult again. Then it will be subject to independent examination, approval by Camden and perhaps a new referendum.

Please do come on 31 January and share your thoughts. Meanwhile feel free to email if would like us consider any particular issue in our review.

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