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GREENWOOD PLACE DEVELOPMENT

Camden is holding two public sessions:

Public exhibition

Camden Council, as the developer, will be holding a public engagement exhibition prior to an Open Meeting. This will be a chance for you to see the proposed designs and ask any questions about the project. Members of Camden’s project and design team will be attending this event. The public exhibition is as follows:

When: Wednesday 8 May 2013
Where: Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA
Time: 1pm – 7pm

Open meeting

Residents can ask questions and put forward alternative proposals

When: Thursday 9 May 2013
Where: Ingestre Community Centre, Ingestre Road, NW5 1UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Please attend if you can and use this opportunity to air your views.

You may have seen that Camden Council has plans to carry out redevelopment of the land that it owns at Greenwood Place (located opposite the fire station on Highgate Road). Briefly, the development is in two parts:

Firstly, Camden wishes to demolish a building located between the Murphy and Sons Ltd builder’s depot and the AA Self storage and replace it with a new facility to be used by Camden residents for the following services: Mental Health, Dementia, Learning Difficulty, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Autism. In addition, they want to build a “Centre for Independent Living” (“CIL”) where people with disabilities can go for advocacy, advice, support, information, a space to try out new equipment and a space they can get together and meet other people. The existing building is located in the Kentish Town Industrial zone.

Secondly, Camden Council wishes to demolish the two storey red brick building on the frontage to Highgate Road (the Highgate Day Centre) and build a new building of up to six-storeys high to provide 8 rental units made available for people with social care needs and up to 35 private sale market residential flats and either a ground floor retail unit (a shop or a restaurant) or another community space in connection with the CIL. There is no provision for affordable housing.

KTNF has identified this site as by far the largest site that may come up for development in our Area in the next couple of years. The site offers the potential for delivering facilities that people in Kentish Town have asked for. Feedback from a number of residents and local business people indicates that the top two priorities for new development should be:

• More affordable housing for local people
• New modern and flexible employment and business space for existing businesses and to attract new employers into the Area.

The Forum committee’s view is that all of the site should be redeveloped (in partnership with the owners of the AA storage facility) to maximise the opportunities the whole site offers in terms of building modern employment/business space and incorporating a significant element of affordable housing. However the Council is pressing on with its plans for the site. You will have a chance to air your views as Camden wants to hear from local people what they think of their plans.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? You can email us with your thoughts at secretaryatktnf@yahoo.co.uk.

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KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM APPROVED

The Cabinet of Camden Council met on the evening of Wednesday 10 April to consider a report asking them to approve the designation of Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum and its area under the Localism Act 2011.Ed Watson and Jennifer Walsh from Camden Council, had prepared a report for Cabinet proposing our designation.  Councillor Valerie Leach the Cabinet member for regeneration and growth then spoke supporting our application.  Councillor Phil Jones who sits on Cabinet, as well as being one of our local Councillors, also spoke in support and very nicely paid tribute to the hard work of local residents.

We are delighted to report that the Cabinet approved our application unanimously.

So it’s time to celebrate the hard work so many have put in so a big thank you for that.  It is quite an achievement but now the hard work begins with developing and writing the plan!
So a brief rest while we celebrate and draw breath.  Watch this space……