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We are always looking for volunteers to help with administration and ensuring implementation of the plan. Anyone wanting to be involved should contact James Earl through:
ndpwesthampstead@gmail.com
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Welcome to the website of the Fortune Green & West Hampstead Neighbourhoood Development Forum (NDF).
 

News and updates

NEW: 156 West End Lane
The NDF has submitted its objection as part of the re-consultation on the planning application for 156 West End Lane (ref: 2015/6455/P) which can be seen here. Our previous objection, submitted last December, can be seen here. We thank NDF members who have given us their comments - via email, at meetings and in person - which have informed our responses, along with the content of the adopted Neighbourhood Plan. Comments on the planning application are open until Thursday 10th November for anyone who wishes to add their own comments.

 

NEW: The latest NDF Newsletter has been issued. If you want to get a copy by email let us know
Topics include the meeting on Monday 7th | Growth Area workshop | short films | two stations | local updates.

NEW: Workshop on West Hampstead Growth Area Saturday 12 November 10 till 4 at Emmanuel School
All those living and working in the area are invited to come and discuss the future development of the area around the West Hampstead stations. Come and learn how to help design and shape master-planning priorities



 

The planning application for the Tower Service Station 617 Finchley Road has been submitted to Barnet Council. Feel free to comment. There are already a number of negative comments on its size and glassiness.


 

Here are the Minutes of the last meeting on 13 July 2016 and here is the Newsletter of 20 July 2016.

Special General Meeting

A valid request has been received from a group of NDF members to call a Special General Meeting of the Neighbourhood Development Forum. This will take place on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm at West Hampstead Library - all local residents are welcome to attend.
There is only one item on the agenda: the planning application for 156 West End Lane - the details of which can be seen here.

The next regular NDF meeting will be on Wednesday 13th July - at 7.30pm at West Hampstead Library.

We will also have a stall at the Jester Festival .on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July.


 

Here are the Minutes of the last meeting on 10 May 2016 and here is the Newsletter of 12 May 2016.

West Hampstead Underground Station

Today we are publishing the finalised images of our proposals for an upgraded West Hampstead Underground station - with step-free access and a new entrance on the west side of West End Lane. The plans have been drawn up for the NDF by local architect, Guy Shackle, and with the support of local landowner, Richard Loftus. The images show how a new station could be constructed and what it could look like in day and night. Click on the pictures to get large versions on a new tab.


We will be using these images to lobby TfL, the GLA, Camden Council and other stakeholders to commit to an upgrade of the station - as a vital part of the West Hampstead Interchange.
We are also asking politicians of all parties to support our plans in the run up to the London elections on 5th May. We're delighted that the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates for the Barnet & Camden GLA seat have all given their backing to the proposals.
We will be discussing the plans further at the next NDF meeting on Tuesday 10th May.

In the meantime, feel free to let us have your comments. You can also have your say via our Twitter account - as well as our new Facebook page.


 

The Alliance pub is ACV listed
Re. the paragraph below, the Alliance pub has now been added to Camden's list of Assets of Community Value. The decision letter is here.

New system for keeping informed about planning applications AS part of Camden's open data project all current planning applications will be published online in map and list format, updated daily.
Planning applications received in the past 7 days
https://opendata.camden.gov.uk/Environment/Planning-Application-Weekly-Update/u2gc-zfj6

All current planning applications
https://opendata.camden.gov.uk/Environment/Planning-Applications-Current-Map/3cbe-pbe4

NDFs and other interested parties can create views of the data e.g. a map zoomed into their local area, and embed it in their own websites. Camden is planning to include NDF boundaries on the map in the near future. The data can also be re-used via an API for technologically minded people to create apps etc.


 

The Alliance pub in Mill Lane is up for sale.

While it might be bought by new pub oriented owner there is a strong possibility that it might be bought by a developer who closes it down and tries to convert it all to residential. Many locals think the pub is a great local asset and would be horrified at its loss, even apart from the negative impact on the other Mill Lane shops and cafes. (The current landlord, Michael, is the tenant, not the owner, so don't blame him!)

NDF is going to apply for the pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) which while it can not stop the loss of the pub, does draw a deep line in the sand, and gives the local community the chance to buy and retain it as a pub.

We have set up a survey is to help us prove that the reasons we are giving in the application for the ACV are true. If you know and value the pub, please have a look at the survey and fill as much of it as possible.
The survey is here. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/alliancepub

There is a website www.savethealliance.org. and a twitter account

Minutes of the AGM on 11 January 2106

The AGM agreed a number of changes to our constitution - the new version can be seen here. Among the changes is the introduction of group membership of the NDF - if your group would like to become a member, please let us know.
One of the NDF's priorities for the year ahead is to get Camden Council to carry out some 'masterplanning' of the West Hampstead Growth Area. It is clear there will be more development in this area in the years to come. At a recent meeting, a Council officer presented this document which outlines some of the issues.
There is an informative and short (2 minute) video explaining the planning system in London.
As mentioned at our meeting, Camden Council is consulting about changes to the way it notifies residents and businesses about planning applications. Among the measures proposed is the removal of letter notifications to neighbours - which the NDF has objected to. Please have your say and complete the online survey here - the deadline for responses is Wednesday 20th January.
The Council has started a consultation about closing public toilets in the borough - including the ones on West End Lane. Details and online survey are here. There's a public meeting on Wednesday 27th January, 6-8pm, West Hampstead Library.
 

We had a lively and interesting workshop on the future of the NDF on 7th December 2015. Comments and ideas will be presented at the AGM on 11 January 2106.NEW: the report prepared by the facilitator is here.

SOME OLD NEWS REPORTS CAN BE FOUND ON www.ndpwesthampstead.org.uk/oldnews.htm

  Contact us
You can contact us at ndpwesthampstead@gmail.com

Read the plan here

We have also produced two documents summarising the Plan. There's a one page list of the 19 Policies & 11 Recommendations in the Plan here; and there's a document containing only the Policies here.

Future Events

  • NEW: Next meeting Monday 7th November 2016 at 7.30pm at West Hampstead library
  • Proposed dates for future NDF meetings are:
    • Saturday 12th November 10 till 4 (Growth Area workshop)
    • Wednesday 11th January 7.30pm
    • AGM in March 2017