Here are the minutes of the quarterly KTNF Committee Meetings:
KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 5 November 2020 by Zoom
Present: Roger Winfield, Henry Herzberg, Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Luci Noel, Liz Sheridan, Robert Livock, Joanna Chow, Niall Monaghan, Liz Woodeson, Judith Leeb, Chris Hudson, Celia Goreham,
In attendance: Alice Brown, Fabrizio Lepore
1 Apologies (IG)
2 Conflicts of interest (RW)
3 Approval of Minutes of last meeting (16 July 2020) (RW)
4 Matters arising from minutes of 16 July meeting (RW)
Use classes; wrote to secretary of state and local MP, concerned about implications of changes and lack of Parliamentary scrutiny; secretary of state, noted acceptance of letter, along with Sir Keir Starmer.
5 Green & Open Spaces (IG)
Polly Bass policy and projects officer from Camden Council looking to improve Kentish Town post-COVID-19. Keen on green initiatives including Green gateway pilot. Bickerton Road gateway in Archway – a good example; had two meetings – one with Green Gateway group (Luci, Chris, Judith, Alice, Ian) with members from KTRA and another with Council reps; Caversham Road – favoured location for pilot Gateway; completed ‘intervention’ form; set to have progress meeting before AGM.
Committee comments – request for fruit trees; need wider green-covering in Kentish Town; can use substantial trees in Caversham Road – wider road and can only turn one way. Maintenance issue a concern; businesses can adopt them with name on?
Meeting with Govia (GTR) re Cottage Garden. GTR creating new plaque with KTNF logo and offered KTNF a poster on the platform.
Action Contributions for artwork and messages re poster to be sent in (All)
Action Report on Green Gateway progress at next meeting (IG)
6 Murphy’s Yard (HH)
Consultation by Camden in September; letter to Council’s Bethany Cullen on Murphy’s Yard – 6 October. Points made – clear view to heath from KT station; need preparation of walkthrough view; amount of office space on site – too much; concerned about the building heights; want a series of illustrative views; confirmation a variety of architects will be used; route opened up from car wash to Murphy site for pedestrians and cyclists; zero carbon by 2025 – how?; bridge links to Regis Road site – where?; temporary pedestrian route through site during construction needed; have concerns but supportive of scheme – generally representing our visions.
Camden and Murphy reps are glad to have comments and will respond to points. Another meeting due.
Committee expressed mixed views on building heights, use of space, views, and walk-throughs.
Action: Ask Murphy for up-to-date design, presentation and walk-through and views from Murphy’s and Camden Council. Ask Camden Council for Design Review Panel comments and report. Committee meeting on it after their presentation. (HH, RW)
7 KTNF’s response to planning white paper Planning for the Future (IG)
KTNF likes more engagement in the local plan; and increased focus on sustainability if clearly defined; but we think one size fits all regime won’t work; mixed view on local needs and decision making; think national design codes won’t work; government and local government have a lot to do and very little details outlined; KTNF wants to be consulted in two steps – local plan and on individual buildings; applications should go to as many as possible, much more detail needed including on zoning disputes and different building types, not just housing.
8 SEGRO 3-6 Spring Place (NM)
Invitation from SEGRO to a meeting; circulated the document – background and details and impact on community. They own building, bought from Brockton Capital; vacant since 2017 – planning mixed use office and events space; SEGROs proposal – light industrial /distribution and storage. Comprehensive internal and external refurb (£1m) and let to one user or company which would run it with one or two occupiers – ranging from TV production, food prep to delivery and logistics: set to create 40 jobs. They say in line with KT planning framework –site for last mile distribution. Have a green travel plan; air quality neutral, solar; vehicles neutral to previous use (Addison Lee). Greener vehicles – electric and bikes. But up to 18 tonne vehicles in from M25. Planning application by end of November. Twenty-four-hour use. Set to be 3-4 months on site. Not worried about letting site post-COVID-19. Currently classified general industrial – want to extend to distribution.
Committee has mixed views on acceptability. Regret previous scheme did not materialise; can put forward conditions on traffic movements in response to application. Subsequently, Niall, Roger and Judith met with SEGRO representatives to discuss concerns on the number and size of lorries and policing of movements. SEGRO said they would offer training and bring jobs into Kentish Town and would have to abide by any restrictions outlined in planning.
Action Niall to keep committee updated
9 Planning updates (PS)
Building adjacent to Doppio café. Mansard extension and change to front façade; KTNF response to improve the quality of the design in relation to adjacent properties – fitting the grain – making mansard less oppressive.
Oddbins to private gym in Kentish Town Road (new planning class E – do not need planning application)
Old Post Office – café (A1) New planning use E (A1-A3) do not need application
Camden Council – secretary of state – granted direction removes permitted development rights for Estate Agents boards in town centres and conservation areas – now need planning permission.
Holmes Road – student block – add storey to seven storey building. KTNF – area does not need D3 and proposal ‘affects grain’. Camden have turned it down.
Bull & Gate – KTNF supported application for terrace. Camden turned it down.
2 Prince of Wales Road – Camden Law Centre – maintenance ongoing (no planning application)
Ex-Carpetright building – owned by property company of Sports Direct Group ground floor and basement A1; first floor office, second, third and fourth floors – residential.
Ex-Pizza Express building – ongoing – steelwork going in.
10 AGM arrangements and next year’s committee (RW)
Will be Virtual event on Zoom. Can accommodate multiple users, depending on fee.
Speaker is a good idea. Ideas – Murphy (decision after addressed committee). Camden Council officer speaker on Kentish Town testbed plans and housing plans (mixed views on this)
Roger has sent email – about people standing for next year’s committee.
Henry stepping down as deputy chair but requests to stay on the committee.
Thanked for all his work, particularly on Murphy’s, Regis Road and Car Wash site.
Roger standing as chair for up to one year with a view to handing over to successor (Deputy Chair either mid-2021 or January 2022.
12 Date of AGM 21 January 2021.
Kentish Town Committee Meeting via Zoom – 16 July – 7pm
In attendance: Roger Winfield, Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Robert Livock, Chris Hudson, Elizabeth Woodeson, Judith Leeb, Joanna Chow, Niall Monaghan, Tatiana von Preussen, Luci Noel, Alice Brown, Fabrizio Lepore
1 Apologies: Henry Herzberg, Liz Sheridan, Celia Goreham
2 Conflicts of interest – none
3 Previous minutes – were passed from 6 May
4 Discussion on potentially changing the KTNF Plan – Use of Shops
Paul: If there are no material changes – don’t need to change the nature of the plan.
If substantial revisions – but don’ t change the nature – there is a consultation and examination.
Complete change – consultation, inspection and referendum
Can last 15 years from 2016
The nature of the plan: pro-development so long it is the right area; it has a significant design policy.
Use of Shops
Fabrizio SW1 – SME enterprises which can use premises and SW2 – frontages and some office space. Need creative hubs for start-ups and stripping out non-retail uses. Use in Shopping and Working policies; second frontages. Up from tube to Prince of Wales Road, South of Prince of Wales Road, Brecknock; Fortess (SW3) – need relaxation of policy which seeks to protect.
Robert – it is important to adopt a relaxed approach
Alice – what about forthcoming government changes?
Tatiana – it is better to have an occupied space. But with residential conversions – tendency to screen over the windows which is detrimental to the street view.
Luci – smaller secondary frontages – attract independent businesses that are good for Kentish Town. B class units – not being used.
Liz – suggest a change for shops to be used as alternatives; why limit it to creative industry office space.
Judith – On secondary and primary frontages – Camden owns primary frontages protections.
Alice – Area suffers from a loss of small business space. Needs a whole range – including repair and recycling shops.
Niall – think there is enough flexibility. After Covid – there will be a freeing up of office space.
5 Green and open spaces
Centralised green and open spaces wanted by residents – can be small wins before major infrastructure. Luci stressed importance of parklets – seats and planting, showing examples.
Comment – GOP 5 spaces is a project – not a policy. Should be CIL priority to GOP policy. Youth outreach and young adults. Look at community and culture project 1 and 2.
6 Heritage Protection
Alice – Quinns; mentioned plot configurations – width, bends and twists. Historic England – useful. Good example of Lewisham – Grove Park Heritage Policies. Could follow some of the principles but Camden does not have the resources to do all that.
Roger D3 – Design principles. Can meet the heritage needs.
Plan needs to be more specific.
Luci – points to examples of Ripleys and the Castle Pub of protections working.
Chris – Can we expand the design policy in the plan?
7 General view
Need some work on the clarity on the view.
Alice commented that because of the viewing cone there is squeezed accommodation to south west of KTDA and 20 storey towers as consequence. This has a massive impact on Kentish Town. Need for a more flexible approach.
8 What’s next?
There’s an opportunity for wider engagement with Kentish Town.
Tatiana – best to wait until planning changes are announced
Liz – there’s an opportunity to lobby and look at the implications
Ian – Idea of doing a survey – on heritage and parklets and use the views if and when we lobby
Fabrizio – keep bullet points of the ideas.
Chris brought up the schools’ group – agreed to keep a watching brief and look at situation in Autumn.
10 Dates of remaining committee meetings in 2020: 6 August, 5 November plus
AGM 21 January 2021.
KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 6 May 2020 by Zoom
In attendance: Roger Winfield, Henry Herzberg, Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Judith Leeb, Liz Sheridan, Niall Monaghan, Robert Livock, Tatiana von Preussen, Luci Noel, Fabrizio Lepore
Celia Goreham, Alice Brown, Chris Hudson
Absent: Joanna Chow, Elizabeth Woodeson
2 Conflicts of interest:
3 Minutes of last meeting (6 February 2020) and matters arising
Clarify which organisations individuals represent: In constitution need some reps of local groups. Some individuals will not be members of any local groups.
Action: Please send affiliations to Roger and Ian.
Hampstead Heath sub-committee – biodiversity. Good idea for KTNF to be involved in biodiversity committee – Heath Line and Murphys. KTNF has fears for heath over-use and reduced heath connectivity. KTNF interested in working with the sub-committee. Lots of cross over. Some divergence.
Action: Paul S to contact them.
Engaging with young people – Haven Pope: Niall, Ian, Paul, Luci. Chris in contact with Haven – but initiative delayed via lockdown. Aim – presentation at Acland Burghley Assembly. Check status of pastoral care programme and Haven?
Action: Zoom meeting to be set up for presentation before next meeting. Luci has a connection – Madelaine Holt; Judith knows a teacher.
Action: Niall to email Chris re Haven.
Bull & Gate – open event held for residents. Cllr Meric Apek, Caroline Hill, Niall and Chris attended. KTNF is generally supportive; had feedback forms. Comments on creation and use of roof terrace – and on parapet and balustrade; important that licensing is appropriate; licence will be under review – depends on residents’ feedback over time. Youngs is seeing how the restaurant works and how it evolves over time. It is going straight to planning app. Engaged with Camden.
Action: Niall, Chris, and Fabrizio to look at planning application when it comes in for Paul to give an official response.
Under topics for the coming year – finance
People donated £165 at AGM. £250 in bank (AGM room hire £58), Running costs circa £150/year. Money is available from Camden for specific small capital projects (CIL).
Updating Neighbourhood Plan
Fabrizio – Kentish Town has changed since the plan. Useful to think about how to change the plan. Ian pointed out technical document references have changed; Paul – different ways of updating; can update references in Camden local plan and London Plan. Lot of work for total revision and lot of public consultation.
Amending statutory and local references – preliminary job; Tatiana – premature for big changes now, some changes post Covid will be long lasting and others temporary. Plan will require changing. Lucy – bring young people in research into new normal and what they want to see in a plan.
If do not make significant tweaks – do not have to go through the whole process.
Need to have a look at changes to regulations mentioned in current plan.
Everyone feeds ideas in on policies and projects in the plan and why they should be looked at. Suggest what new direction of policy should be. Feed to Paul. Main agenda item for next committee meeting.
Action: Comments to Paul by 16 Jun – all.
Action: On agenda as main item for next committee
Healthy Streets fits into the plan?
Judith – enough in our plan to let us participate; planning of traffic and streets p12 sustainable transport, bike hire scheme and step free access.
4 Chair’s report (RW):
5 Planning applications
Quiet in first 4 weeks; now coming through:
Church next to forum. Grade II listed stained-glass window to be removed, repaired and renovated.
Old Sorting Office on Leighton Road – extant to convert to residential – BI office space. Two buildings at rear to convert to flexible employment space. Plans fine. Leighton Road – looking at some of eaves – breaks silhouette of front building. KTNF – pitch needs to be altered. Employment space wanted by locals.
Back of York Mews – one and two storey buildings. Three storey structure at the back of Nero. Application from one to two-and-three-bedroom flats – supported by KTNF.
Building works at the old Post Office. Single space – big footprint. Rumour (no Planning Application) restaurant take over – A1 – A3.
Old Co-op Bank refurbished – set to be hairdressers.
Shop Adjacent to bookshop – fancy dress shop has begun trading.
Oddbins Building – selling furniture. Temporary basis – pop-up closed.
Annie’s – KTRA is undertaking proactive measures for people to come in. Discussing with co-op, craft, and artisan groups including Hackney Made Collective. Annie’s keen on workshop space. Commencing conversations with owner.
Old Pizza building and Cinema – Will the scheme be modified? Will the cinema go ahead?
Murphy – in consultation with Camden about Zoning.
Changes to High Streets and Town Centre Post-Covid webinar – key points outlined – Ian: Councils widening pedestrian and cycle paths; looking at street licencing to help pubs and restaurants; worried about gaps in High Streets being filled with Permitted Development Right buildings without planning control – want to bring in Supplementary Planning Guidance for protection; helping independent retailers with apps and pay forward schemes; looking at more meanwhile uses going forward; flexible use of buildings at different times and days; much more non-retail uses.
London Streetspace Programme – TFL to foster walking and cycling. Volume of traffic estimated to be at 20% less capacity; lot of changes to streets to allow more space for cyclists and pedestrians; creation of low traffic neighbourhoods.
7 Dates of remaining committee meetings in 2020:16 July and 5 November plus
AGM 21 January 2021.
Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum Committee – 6 February, The Vine
In attendance: Roger Winfield, Ian Grant, Celia Goreham, Lucy Noel, Paul Seviour, Chris Hudson, Niall Monahan, Judith Leeb, Henry Herzberg
1 Apologies – Elizabeth Woodeson, Liz Sheridan, Alice Brown, Fabrizio Lepore, Robert Livock, Joanna Chow, Haven Pope
2 Conflicts of interest
3 Application to join the committee
Niall Monahan – ratified by the committee
Luci Noel – proposed Ian Grant and seconded by Chris Hudson
Tatiana von Preussen– proposed by Roger Winfield, seconded by Henry Herzberg
4 Election of officers
Roger Winfield – chair, Henry Herzberg – deputy chair, Paul Seviour – treasurer, Ian Grant – secretary, Joanna Chow, officer
Proposed by Chris Hudson and seconded by Judith Leeb
In the constitution – members represent local organisations – need to check which?
Action: current members of the committee to clarify which local groups or organisations they represent (BARA, IARA etc)
No matters arising
6 Chairs report
Distributed prior to meeting. No matters arising.
7 Kentish Town Development Framework
Final draft is out for KTNF to comment on. Final response from committee.
KTNF reps (Roger and Henry) invited by Murphy’s Paul Brosnahan to go around the site. Noticeable – significant change of levels – 30 feet down, 40 feet at different levels. Retention old railway buildings – 2 original sheds. Sheds to be revived – set for food and beverage activity. Not seen as a conflict with existing retail outlets. Similar to Mercato Metropolitano on Newington Causeway, and Borough Market.
Workshops showed a basic model from Studio Egret West with all surrounding buildings – residential blocks around the edge. 40,000sq m near Kentish Town with 750 houses around the edge. 40,000 sq. m of office space in centre. Proposed medical facility in middle along with sheds in the middle for foods and beverages. Cycle route around the side. Heights: tallest is 16 storeys down to 14 and 12, lowest is five storeys. The design hasn’t been to design review yet. Agreed compromise between housing and industrial use. Does the definition ‘industrial’ cover crafts businesses? Is office use – small uses?
The viewing cone is protected. Murphy’s says drawing in plan isn’t what we are really seeing – the angles are wrong. Working with spatial specialists to pinpoint what the actual view is. Murphy proposes different angle of pivot (pinnacle of the cone). Camden planning meeting proposed.
Murphy’s want planning application in by the end of the year but probably in a year’s time.
Hampstead and Heath sub-committee – email received. KTNF agrees that there should be a sub-committee for biodiversity.
Action: Paul S to respond. Response to fear of heath over-use: we are opposed to reducing connectivity.
Discussion: How roads used are for next stage? Developments are car free. Premature for a sub-committee.
Note: The Framework document includes step free access to the Thameslink.
Building London Planning Awards KTNF invited by Camden Council – for Community Engagement in the Planning Process Award. Shortlisted.
Set for call with Camden on AA Storage building site.
Car Wash site – Camden Council recommended developer submitted for New London Architecture Awards
8 Engaging with young people.
Haven Pope head of year monthly proposing talks for 6th form.
Niall will contact Haven and head to develop the structure. Reaction from Haven. Chris heading up. Niall, Ian and Paul and Lucy working on.
9 The Bull and Gate.
Potential planning application – Youngs want to work on flat rood on ground floor bar changing to a roof terrace like the Grafton. Used to have a parapet. Want to put in infrastructure. Parts of the building are listed. Not roof.
Action: Niall looking at plan. Want to meet Youngs representative. Paul, Niall and Chris looking at.
10 Planning Enforcement consultation.
Issue – getting attention of enforcement officers. Portal is difficult to navigate. No feedback comes back. Hard to know who you are contacting. Plans to be more user friendly with more information. Deadline – 19 February.
Celia and Paul drafting response.
11 Topics for the coming year?
Concentrate on what achieve with your resources; work within resources – don’t take on too much; remember we are volunteers; planning is paramount; look at how much achieved already – promote and celebrate.
Finances – £165 received as donations at AGM; James Wigg Practice, Sun Room charge – £58
Ian to ask Jenny Headlam-Wells and Georgia Gould re Kentish Town’s funding re Council pots and conditions attached to grants..
12 AGM 2020 – issues arising
Neighbourhood Plan developed in 2014 – does it need updating?
To be discussed at next meeting.
13 Any other Business
Camden Gardens, Camden Town Unlimited – proposed plans for the park including new planters, seating and wayfinding to support Highline.
KTNF involved in Healthy Streets Project – discussion: we are guardians of the plan – is it planning?
Judith to send Roger a brief of where it fits in the plan.
Note Community lead housing event: http://www.camdencommunitymakers.org – 29 February
14 Dates of committee meetings in 2020:
7 May, 16 July and 5 November. AGM is 21 January 2021.
KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 7th November 2019 at: The Vine, 86
Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger Winfield, Henry Herzberg, Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Chris Hudson,
Fabrizio Lepore, Celia Goreham, Judith Leeb, Liz Woodeson, Robert Livock, Joanna
In Attendance: Alice Brown (advisor)
Guests: Vicky Young, Haven Pope
Absent: Liz Sheridan
1 Apologies – none
2 Conflicts of interest – none
3 Minutes of last meeting (18 July) and matters arising
A canopy planter has been moved for Christmas Tree – now opposite entrance to
Kentish Town Station. Camden Council seeking solution to canopy space.
Permanent tree mooted?
Action: Inviting NW5 pickers – litter removal group to get involved for items missed
by idverde. IG (Also there is an app for rubbish and litter removal in Camden).
Camden Council is consulting on changing the Community Infrastructure Levy rates:
New draft charging schedule:
Residential below 10 dwellings (or 1,000 sq m) £613
Residential of 10 or more dwellings (or above 1,000 sq m) and private care
residential homes with a degree of self-containment – Three bands – Central £184
Rest of Camden £306 Hampstead and Highgate £613
Retail is £30 across all bands
Offices are £110 for central and £30 for the rest
Committee discussed CIL charging is a deterrent to development, as conversations
with development representatives have indicated. There is also a large amount of
CIL money unspent. Committee agreed to respond to the consultation. Robert,
Henry and Judith have formed a CIL committee, with help from Fabrizio.
Action: Work up and send CIL consultation response to Camden Council – HH,
RL, JL, FL
Car Wash site – planning permission received; working out Section 106 Agreement
and Network Rail costs.
Pizza Express Building – Work progressing; steel frame erected in September; new
ground floor slab and cinema pit – complete; demolition of the mezzanine slab –
50% done; cast 1 st and 2 nd floor deck set to be completed by Christmas.
Activity happening on Carpetright site.
4 Chair’s report (RW)
Including away day and planning; meetings with Car Wash and Murphy’s Yard site
5 Murphy’s update (HH)
188 people went to July workshops; top issues of concern – height of buildings and
traffic. Key wants: green space, new access routes, sustainability and housing.
750 homes planned; 40,000sq m of industrial use and 40,000sq m office use;
workspace planned for south with residential at north; heights ranging from 5 -18
storeys; aiming at 35% affordable housing; restriction on delivery vehicles; potential
battle ahead with GLA on industrial use v residential; planning low energy
consumption with district heating;
Constraints discussed include; 9m change of level; listed sheds; viewing corridors
from Kentish Town to the Heath; ecological reserve; sewer and gas pipes and rail
Recent November workshop covered: Placemaking Principles, The Evolving Layout
and Massing Evolution, the Heathline – cycle and pedestrian route through the site,
Open Spaces and Placemaking, Industrial Land Use, Community and Leisure needs.
Plans are afoot for a food market and maker spaces. Green areas include: Pergola
Garden, Heathcliff, Murphy’s Meadow and Gospel Oak Gate.
6 Neighbourhood Makers Group (CH)
Initiative from Camden to bring organisations together – connectivity and social
inclusion are watchwords; attended by Jenny Headlam Wells and Georgia Gould,
reps from Camden departments and other community groups; proposals to increase
exhibition space for the Library and plans for the development of a multi-use theatre
at Acland Burghley. Possibility of using Highgate Centre for some alternative
community uses. Working with schools is a project under the KT Plan. KTNF is
represented on the group.
7 Awayday report and matters arising (PS)
Outputs include: concentrate on being Guardians of the Plan and projects in the
plan; if projects outside the plan – look at resources available; look to update the
plan in 2-3 years? involve the membership more (see AoB); committee meetings to
focus on decisions; celebrate achievements to date.
8 Communications – the membership, young people (introducing Haven Pope)
Haven Pope from Le Swap gave a young person’s perspective; in terms of contact
communication – direct email if fine; stressed importance of Snapchat and Instagram
among this demographic. Haven also opened the possibility of someone from the KT
Forum to speak to Le Swap at Acland Burghley on the plan and issues in Kentish
Action: Paul to work on setting up an Instagram Business account for KTNF
9 New committee members
Local resident Vicky Young – invited to the committee meeting; meeting before
Christmas with two more residents who want to be more involved with the forum.
Derek Jarman is standing down; Fabrizio Lepore is moving out of the area (but can
advise on issues). Henry Herzberg is remaining on the committee next year retaining
the title of deputy chair during the critical phase of the Murphy and Regis Road
developments. Joanna has accepted an invitation to join Roger, Henry, Paul and Ian
on the executive group. All other existing members present want to remain on the
Action: Ian and Roger to set up meetings with prospective committee
members prior to the AGM
10 Planning applications various (PS)
Raglan House – sold off; planning application in for six town houses. Expectation
that consent will be given.
Regis Road Estate – Planning application in for the JML Building. Change of use
class from B1 Offices to B8. No objection.
11 AGM – venue for 23 January
Various options discussed but The Oxford function room, found by Joanna and
visited by Roger and Joanna looks the most likely. Developer VABEL has been
approached to talk on progress with the Pizza Express Building.
Action: Roger to confirm venue and speaker for AGM
A survey to be conducted on the local business community in Kentish Town. What
are their issues? Can the KTNF help? Conscious of not wanting to stray into KTRA
territory; Will consider KTRA position further when Joanna reports back.
Action: Joanna with the help of Alice to undertake survey and report back
progress at February meeting
Higher priority should be given to step free access – Kentish Town station (CG). TFL
could go with a 50/50 funding solution in future.
In order to involve members more – experiment with voting software.
Action: Ian, with help from Paul to source software and trial it.
13 Dates of next committee meetings 2020: 23 Jan (AGM), 6 Feb, 7 May, 16 July, 5
MINUTES – KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM COMMITTEE – JULY
18, 2019 The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger Winfield, Henry Herzberg, Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Chris Hudson, Fabrizio Lepore, Liz Sheridan
In Attendance: Alice Brown (advisor)
Judith Leeb, Liz Woodeson, Robert Livock, Joanna Chow, Derek Jarman
Absent Celia Goreham
2 Conflicts of interest:
3 Minutes of last meeting (9 May) and matters arising:
Planter Feet (IG)
Concerns about feet on High Street planters: Camden reply: “The adjustable feet on the
planters are supplied by the manufacturer, to date we haven’t received any other concerns about them being unstable. If there are specific incidents which have led any of the committee to feel they are unstable it would be useful to know.”
Litter / Plants (IG)
KTNF wrote to Camden Green Space regarding litter removal and additional watering of the High Street planters in the summer. The reply: “I have cc’d in my colleague Jevaughn who has increased monitoring of the planters recently to ensure they are being well watered, cleared of litter and general maintenance is as expected. To confirm Veolia don’t maintain these, it’s our grounds maintenance Idverde.”
CIL Enquiry (IG)
Local CIL funds 30 April 2019 – Kentish Town: Collected £192,263; spent £4046; allocated
Camden total to 30 April 2019: £6,696,724; Spent £1,183,656; Allocated £506,216
Local CIL priorities for Kentish Town ward – May 2019
Kentish Town Children, families and young people – NW5 Project
Kentish Town Air quality, open and green space – cycle hangar on Leighton Road
Community facilities – Kentish Town Christmas Lights
Kentish Town Supporting local employment – Kentish Town Community Centre
Kentish Town Children, families and young people – Kentish Town Primary School
Kentish Town Children, families and young people – Acland Burghley School
4 Chair’s report (RW)
May 20th Meeting Paul Seviour for report on his meeting with Judith Leeb on her proposed planning application; 21 st Aces and Eights ACV visit
June 4th Second Aces and Eights visit. 5th Neighbourhood Planners.London meeting;
12th Unicorn ACV visit. 21 st KTNF agenda for transport meeting on 18 th July 26 th Meeting with Benedicta Asamoah-Russell, Principal Policy and Projects Officer, Corporate Services, Camden, who wanted to know about projects KTNF working on. Various – Agreeing awayday date
July 15th Obtaining update on Car Wash site planning application from developer; 15th
Meeting with Henry Herzberg and Paul Seviour at Murphy’s for briefing ahead of their first public consultation on their development proposals for Murphy’s Yard.
5 Murphy’s and Regis Road update (HH)
Exhibition of plans for development of Murphy lands – week of 15-20 July;
some difficult utility obstructions, including rail and water; access to Hampstead Heath
important; aiming for 2020 approval for the plans; tension between GLA London Plan
favouring employment and light industrial use and local plans favouring housing; discussed link to Kentish Town Square; involves Car Wash site; huge upfront cost to developer prior to Car Wash site going forward – but going forward to planning;
Henry Herzberg announced he is resigning as deputy chair in January – but staying on the committee for 2020-2021. Henry was thanked for his work to date and the depth of
knowledge and experience he brings to the committee.
6 Awayday and planning (RW)
The away day is Saturday 12 October: General discussion; review 3 years of plan; where we are and way forward. Working group – 5.30pm on Tuesday 30 th July – logistics of the meeting – location; facilitator? facilities; inviting local experts?
7 2 Prince of Wales Road (RW)
Update – next meeting
8 Pubs as Assets of Community Value – progress report (RW)
Pubs in question being revisited by working group for additional information relating to
community value; forms distributed and relevant conversations with owners taking place.
9 Future of High Street – update (IG)
Future High Streets Fund: 50 projects going forward in the country from hundreds of
applications. Three sites in London will be going forward to the next round; Tottenham High Road, Old Kent Road in Southwark and Sutton High Street. Camden representative says the Kentish Town High Street bid put forward a progressive narrative and Camden Council wants to look again and see what we can take forward in other ways. Camden in liaison with Cllr: Beales on this.
Follow ups from KTRA/TKT meeting in January
Night-time deliveries – many shops – illegally timed deliveries; KTRA writing to Camden.
Street party and festive lights – proposed date 30 November (but planning permission
needed; not certain).
Extend business hours once a month to provide enterprise for youth – Camden will
pay an umbrella organisation to provide all the logistics, checks and cover for year 10
students. Need to find the businesses who are interested and capable of taking in a young person for two weeks placements.
Piano and plinth – three meetings since January including walkabout; meeting with KT
station in September.
10 Planning applications various (PS)
Old Pizza Express building: building works started and ongoing; new developer Valmar (?); planning permission for 12 flats and ground floor cinema; no additional information on cinema.
Raglan House, Raglan Street – developers investigating building 6 town houses.
Fountain under the canopy installed – part of Mayor of London’s Freshwater Fountains
Old HSBC building – turning into Dessert Emporium (including various ice creams).
Naturally is closed.
Fortess Road proposal – KTNF supports in principle, but facades should be in keeping with surrounding buildings.
To be discussed at KTNF away day (and working group, also see AoB).
Area Conservation Committee West Kentish Town, mooted (AB).
KTNF supports Harvey Flinder’s initiative to reduce pollarding of trees in Camden (which will provide leaf and branch cover for protection from heat and evaporative cooling in the summer and carbon dioxide absorption).
Date of KTNF AGM 2020 – 23 January; looking into holding it at the Greenwood Centre.
Discussion on funding – ideas include Lottery Fund and CIL money (PS).
Sky Arts want to make a film about constructing a dome and Fabrizio is involved, and
looking for potential spaces in Kentish Town (FL).
12 Dates of next meetings:
7 November and 23 January (AGM)
KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 9 May 2019 at: The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger Winfield (chair), Henry Herzberg (deputy chair), Paul Seviour (treasurer), Ian Grant (secretary), Celia Goreham, Chris Hudson, Robert Livock
In attendance: Alice Brown (advisor)
Liz Sheridan, Elizabeth Woodeson, Fabrizio Lepore, Joanna Chow, Derek Jarman and Judith Leeb.
2 Conflicts of interest:
3 Minutes of last meeting (7 February) and matters arising:
Nothing raised; minutes approved.
4 Chair’s report (RW)
February: Met Brian O’Donnell, Strategic Lead Planning Policy at Camden Council, with Ian Grant to discuss the problems managing consultations;
Met Deborah Bush, Community Sport and Physical Activity Manager at Camden Council, with Ian Grant, Jacob Willson, Principal Planner Supporting Communities involved with the Kentish Town planning framework to discuss KTNF’s recommendation that the development area in the planning framework contain a dedicated indoor sports centre with facilities for sports not covered elsewhere in Kentish Town such as cricket;
Met Celeste Giusti, Principal Strategic Planner, London Plan Team, Development, Enterprise & Environment at the GLA with Henry Herzberg to press KTNF’s case for a meeting with the Deputy Mayor to explain our policy for Regis Road and Murphy’s.
March: Dealing with Car Wash site planning application. Consulting with committee, analysing responses, writing and submitting KTNF’s comments;
Met Simon Pitkeathley of Camden Town Unlimited with Paul Seviour, Judith Leeb and Alice Brown to learn about Business Improvement Districts and imaginative use of vacant buildings;
Attended 2nd meeting organised by KTRA and Transition Kentish Town to discuss the future of the high street. Also present from KTNF, Ian Grant, Paul Seviour, Joanna Chow, Liz Woodeson and Judith Leeb;
Pubs as ACVs working group. Agreeing necessary actions following advice and requirements of Camden.
April: Addressed Planning Committee of London Assembly about Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan, involving two prior conversations with Nicky Gavron (chair) and preparing address;
Work on KTNF’s comments on Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum’s proposed Plan;
Met Darren Reiss of Regis Road at his request with Henry Herzberg for update on Framework from a landowner’s perspective;
Update from developer of Pizza Express building after chasing by phone and email. Delay because Camden’s case officer left but now proceeding with finalising s106 agreement and hope to be on site this month. Didn’t respond to my question about the cinema.
May: Met Jacob Willson with Henry Herzberg for update on Planning Framework
Finalising and submitting comments on DPNF proposed Plan.
5 Kentish Town draft development framework update (HH)
Stage 2 of the Development Framework consultation was presented in March. Camden says the final version will be published by the end of the year. There will be one light touch final consultation prior to this. The final document is set to be shorter than the present draft. Comment that the final version doesn’t need to be too prescriptive and developers need some leeway.
Consultation responses – sympathetic to plans. KTNF comments on first draft largely adopted. Summary – foster knowledge and creative areas; training on site; people object to high buildings – 10 storeys maximum (6, 8 or 10 range of buildings); Camden currently concentrating on transport infrastructure and deliverability; important to have decent links in and out of the site; Camden has CPO powers and can use them;
Met with Darren Reiss a building freeholder on the Regis Road site who expressed frustration at being unable to do anything until the Framework Plan for the Development Area is finished.
Stories that a couple of companies are moving out. But UPS looks like it is staying after buying the freehold.
Responded to Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan – some areas of conflict
6 Car Wash site update (RW)
Committee considered the proposals – strong views; major focus on the design and height; currently developer and town planner consulting with affordable housing consultant and need an archaeological report. No plans to reduce current height. Developers report they spent substantial sum to date; hoping to go to committee in June. Pavement widened, but not notified by Camden.
7 Update on planters on Kentish Town Road and CIL (IG)
The planters are being watered regularly. But concerns over rubbish collection. Camden Council invited (KTNF and community groups) to plant hyacinths late summer.
Action: Contact Camden over unstable feet in some of the planters and rubbish collection IG
Action: Write to Danny Beales asking how CIL money has been spent over the financial year and how much CIL money is available this financial year IG
8 Pubs as Assets of Community Value – progress report (RW)
Camden need more information from customers, regulars, how many events and their frequency. Questionnaires for the 15 pubs have been printed and the sub-committee is organising to go back to the pubs in question and talk to managers and set in train the questions being answered.
Point raised in this discussion whether the council can clean-up shop frontages (scrub or paint – and whether CIL money can be made available. Examples of other High Streets being transformed, for example Archway – where Islington Council bore half the cost.
Action: Ask Danny Beales whether CIL money can be used to clean-up the High Street IG
9 The High Street and Future of High Street (IG)
Initiatives from Future of the High Street meetings. People are working on the following:
Future High Street Plastic-Free Shops; Library of Things & Ideas; Multi-Generational Integration.
TRANSPORT & PARKING Short-stay parking on Regis Rd; Night–time deliveries, and Co-ordination of deliveries; No cars with only one passenger.
BUSINESS / LANDLORD CONTRIBUTION Annual Street Party and Festive Lights; Kentish Town Business Alliance; Pop-up shops in empty premises.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH
KT App for young people; Pop-up Board Game Shop; Plan business hours once a month to provide enterprise for youth.
STREET LANDSCAPE Green Wall; Notice Board; Plaques; Clutter, Database of advertisement licensing.
STREET FUN Kentish Town Plinth; Piano and Exercise bars.
High Street Fund
Application for national High Street Fund; KTNF (Ian Grant, Joanna Chow and Judith Leeb) linked with KTRA to work with Camden Council on applying for a National High Street Fund – which allocates substantial funds to upgrade High Streets. Sought approval from other Kentish Town groups and residents’ associations.
Concepts include viability, inclusion and movement. Goals to drive footfall and creating new enterprises that increase community wealth, employment and new market demand for commercial space. Specifics include funding improved pedestrian and cycle permeability; improving identity; smart infrastructure improvements; engagement of stakeholders, enabling modal shift and improving air quality. Application has been submitted. Wait to see if successful to go to second stage.
10 Planning applications various (PS)
Fortess Road (next to Tally Ho site) – planning application for three delipidated buildings; retail on ground floor, residential above; heights similar to adjoining buildings; KTNF in favour of developing buildings – but have concerns about the designs.
Discussion on whether KTNF should adopt non-residential development on ground floor of secondary shopping areas; another proposal for a house next to take away fish restaurant; is Article 4 direction needed?
Pizza Express – Camden officer responsible has left; slight amendment; on-site this month; finalising Section 106 agreement; no update on cinema – but in still planning condition.
No updates on Spring Place or Carpetright
Camden Gardens – Simon Pithkenly of Camden Unlimited has received £25,000 to develop land at Camden Gardens, as part of Highline. Art competition set up with architects. Outside the KTNF area; KTNF do not want to participate in judging panel as committee believes it has a sufficient work load..
Committee agree to a brainstorming away day to discuss operations and future. General agreement Saturday would be best day. RW
12 Dates of next meetings:18 July and 7 November
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 7 February 2019 at: The Vine, 86, Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger Winfield, Henry Herzberg (Skype), Paul Seviour, Ian Grant, Chris Hudson, Robert Livock, Derek Jarman, Judith Leeb, Joanna Chow.
In attendance: Alice Brown
Liz Sheridan, Liz Woodeson
Absent: Celia Goreham, Fabrizio Lepore.
2 Conflicts of interest:
A reminder to be circumspect with KTNF business given that some committee members, by default, are also members of other local and community organisations.
3 Welcome to new committee members:
Liz Woodeson and Judith Leeb.
4 Election of officers:
Roger Winfield (chair), Henry Herzberg (deputy chair), Paul Seviour (treasurer) and Ian Grant (secretary) are willing to serve again. Any other candidates asked notify KTNF secretary with the position standing for. No notifications received. Robert proposed the four candidates standing; Chris seconded.
5 Minutes of last meeting (8 November) and matters arising:
6 Chair’s report (RW)
Attended Draft KTDA Framework Exhibition in Library.
Attended Future of High Street meeting (see below).
Car Wash site – KTNF has had several meetings with developers; have listened to KTNF suggestions; plans for site exhibited in Library (see below).
AGM – Packed meeting on 24th January at Kentish Town Library.
ACV meeting with Camden; forms for 16 pubs submitted. More work needed (see below).
7 Kentish Town development framework consultation (HH)
Working Group convened to prepare KTNF response (Paul, Ian, Chris, Liz, Alice, Roger); included plan for dedicated sports hall for the site along with suggested word changes. KTNF’s comments on the revised plans in the draft have been submitted (see previous minutes). Following meeting with Middlesex CC about promoting cricket; meeting arranged with Camden Council head of Sport.
ACTION: Send KTRA’s KTDA response to new committee members: Liz W and Judith (RW)
ACTION: Meet with Camden’s Head of Sport to discuss plans in February (RW)
8 Update on planters on Kentish Town Road and CIL (IG)
Fifteen larger Nomad planters were installed last week in January. Smaller Bikelock planters installed the week before. Camden says snagging work still to do, feet adjustment etc;
9 Pubs as Assets of Community Value – progress report (RW)
Application forms for 16 pubs In KTNF area have been submitted to Camden. Camden Council is advising on what more information is required, including more evidence of community benefit.
ACTION: Further liaison with Camden (RW, CH, PS)
10 Car Wash site (RW/HH)
The Design Review Panel response to the proposals has been positive; a win for KTNF. Exhibition of the plans presented at Kentish Town Library.
11 Planning applications (PS)
Spring Place – application went in early last year. KTNF submitted response. A new application has gone in – different to the previous one.
ACTION: KTNF to comment on (PS)
Old HSBC Bank site – application for change of use from A2 Finance to A1 shop to ice cream parlour sundaes and crepes etc.). KTNF has no objection. A1 use promoted in Plan.
Consultation on Estate Agent’s boards: known as a Regulation 7 Direction; powers to regulate estate agents boards are limited to certain Conservation Areas; option 1: to extend the Direction so Camden can regulate estate agents boards across the whole borough; option 2: extend the Direction so Camden can regulate estate agents boards to all conservation areas and all town centres; option 3: renew the Directions in the following areas – Belsize Park, Redington & Frognal, Fitzjohns & Netherhall conservation areas. These are non-permanent Directions which Camden can apply to renew.
Consultation: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/control-of-estate-agents-boards/ closing date for comments and photographs is Tuesday 26 February.
12 The High Street (IG)
Café style event on 16 January, organised by Transition Kentish Town and KTRA attended by KTNF committee members. Nearly 200 hundred ideas to improve Kentish Town High Street captured. Areas included: Vision for Kentish Town in 5 Years; Vision in 20 Years; Transport and Parking; Contribution of Businesses; Opportunities for Youth; Hub for skills sharing; Street Landscape improvements. Ideas whittled down to around 20 to form the basis for practical action going forward. Another workshop event being planned for March about how the ideas can be put into practice, date to be confirmed.
ACTION: Roger and Ian to meet Patrick Jones, Business Growth Manager, Regeneration and Planning to discuss application to government’s High Street Fund. Caroline Hill of KTRA also attending (RW, IG)
13 AGM 2019 – issues arising including fundraising and consultations:
Responded to email arising about affordable housing (RW); KTNF responding to consultation on Camden’s changes to Supplementary Planning Guidance; meeting with Brian O’Donnell seeking advice on KTNF’s responses to consultations generally, and expectations.
ACTION: Meeting with Brian O’Donnell on planning matters and consultations (RW, IG)
Consultation on internal boundary changes in Camden; Gospel Oak Railway line and Lady Somerset Road marks new KT ward boundary. Murphy site falls in new Highgate ward.
http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/camden (open until 4 March)
Maiden Lane development – some apartments opened up to short let rentals; Hawley Wharf – some apartments (Camden Living) 85% market rents to young doctors and teachers; also space given to start-up businesses.
KTNF responding to Camden’s Draft Clean Air Action Plan
ACTION: Send KTNF response to Camden (IG) DONE
Consultation leaflet to some properties in Kentish Town which come under the new proposed Heathrow flight path, with different options
Chris to help Ian with pictures for the next KTNF newsletter
15 Dates of committee meetings in 2019: 9 May, 18 July and 7 November
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 8 November 2018 at The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger Winfield (chair), Paul Seviour (treasurer), Ian Grant (secretary), Fabrizio Lepore, Liz Sheridan, Chris Hudson, Robert Livock, Celia Goreham, Henry Herzberg (deputy chair),
In attendance: Alice Brown
Apologies: Virginia Beardshaw, Derek Jarman, David Jockelson
Guest: Adam Richards – Camden Town Unlimited (Camden Business Improvement District)
2 Conflicts of interest
Roger stressed that members of the committee are also (by definition) members of other community groups in Kentish Town and urged circumspection in relation to KTNF business
3 Highline: progress report from Adam Richards of Camden Town Unlimited who manage the proposed Camden Highline.
Over £60,000 achieved through initial donations and contributions; Engineers report done; Highline feasible; 25 year lease from Network Rail under negotiation; potential to open up N. London tourist destinations in wider walking route; suits Camden’s growth and well-being agenda; suits TFL plans including new entrances for Camden stations; looking for a mix of grants and contributions to get to planning stage; looking at revenue models post construction; shortest time-frame is 18 months – 2 years for planning; 18 months first phase construction.
ACTION: Adam requested that members sign up to the newsletter and or donate: https://www.camdenhighline.com/
4 Minutes of last meeting (19 July) and matters arising:
Discover location of Camden’s last mile park for delivery lorries and promote to wider list IG – Lorry park where larger distribution vehicles can decant goods to smaller vehicles is in Pakenham Street, London WC1. Camden also told us it is piloting delivery by Cargo bikes, and a newspaper scheme in Kings Cross is proving successful.
Write to TFL asking to extend rent bike scheme to Kentish Town Road RW. Letter received from TFL showing encouragement for a scheme, providing there is some joint capital funding.
ACTION: KTNF to apply for CIL funding for a Santander Docking Station along with more bicycle hoops along Kentish Town Road. DONE
5 Chair’s report (RW)
6 Kentish Town development framework consultation (HH)
Camden released draft consultation for public engagement at the end of October – and runs until 7 December: (https://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/environment/planning-and-built-environment/two/planning-policy/supplementary-planning-documents/planning-frameworks-and-briefs/kentish-town-growth-and-industrial-area-planning-framework.en). KTNF reps have been attending meetings with Camden Council planners and Dartmouth Park NF reps to develop the draft framework. Last one attended by Roger, Henry, Chris and Ian. Roger and Henry met CNJ journalist Dan Carrier to discuss KTNF’s hopes for the framework – article published. (http://camdennewjournal.com/article/kentish-town-regeneration-what-should-be-built-on-biggest-opportunity-site-in-camden?sp=1&sq=Kentish%2520Town%2520Planning%2520Framework)
ACTION: KTNF has organised a committee working party to put in a co-ordinated response to the consultation at The Vine, 24 October 10am.
7 Planters on Kentish Town Road and CIL (IG)
Proposal for planters along Kentish Town Road from KTNF and other community groups (along with 38 emails, comments of support – and three objections) approved unanimously by six councillors on 17 September. Funds coming from Kentish Town CIL (not the KTNF allocation). Fifteen Nomad planters and six bike lock planters (some replacing existing bike planters). Majority on the station entrance side due to pavement widths. Maintenance agreement is part of contract, along with a Camden Council grounds operative to check maintenance is OK. Opinion on colours canvassed – dark blue majority. Ian thanked for work on this.
8 Ingestre planning application (AB)
Architects and design team listened to consultation ideas and reduced the height of the original building, but the result is block-like and a building too big for the site. KTNF responses are to D3A/B/C. Although KTNF in support of policy proving homes for older people, the new design doesn’t meet principles in the KTNF plan. The designers haven’t addressed KTNF concerns – and the conclusion is that KTNF objects to the planning application.
ACTION: Objection to planning application to be submitted AB/RW
9 Pubs as ACVs (PS)
More pubs have been added to the list including Aces & Eights and Rose & Crown, bringing total to 16. ACV application forms are being filled in for each pub indicating, historical, cultural and architectural value. Working party (Roger, Paul, Derek, Chris, Joanna (KTNF), Caroline Hill and Lindsey Purchall (KTRA)) researching all the pubs involved and forms are being submitted.
ACTION: Forms to be submitted to Camden Council
10 Car Wash site (RW)
KTNF successful in persuading Camden planners to consider the Car Wash site separately from Regis Road development (KTPDA). Plans are for 14 flats above the ground floor which is set to be a restaurant as envisaged in the policy for the site in the Neighbourhood Plan. Developer has followed the plans for Car Wash site as outlined in KT plan. Concern was raised by one member about future of employees at Car Wash site.
11 Updates on 3-6 Spring Place (AB) and Carpetright and Pizza Express (VB)
Paul’s email on Carpetright and Pizza Express with update had been circulated to committee earlier. Spring Place update deferred
ACTION: Prepare updates for AGM
12 Planning policy and the future of high street(s) (IG)
Attended a conference on Future of the High Street. Speaker consensus (Trowers & Hamlin, Colliers, Stiff + Trevelyan) that in 5-10 years space needed for current High Street retail outlets would be 50% of what it is now and that the High Street has to change or die. One suggestion – retail should gather around transport hubs (ie tube and rail stations). Speakers suggested opening up the High Street to services, community services more open space and entertainment and limiting or stopping traffic. The community should be the ones to come up with answers. Agreement that business rates and appeals system needed changing, also use-class reform, and change of hours in leases to suit changing local population during the day and evening – lobbying occurring in all these areas.
13 Committee membership (RW)
Letter in Camden New Journal seeking members from businesses (RW) (http://camdennewjournal.com/article/how-businesses-can-play-an-active-part-in-the-community?sp=1&sq=Kentish%2520Town%2520Neighbourhood%2520Forum)
Virginia Beardshaw is standing down from the committee
Fabrizio is moving to Archway – but asked to continue as an advisor/observer
ACTION: Roger is contacting David Jockelson re future involvement
14 AGM date
The date is 24 January at Kentish Town Library 7-8.30PM
KTNF is seeking representation with Mayors Office (GLA) to discuss Kentish Town Potential Development Area; Henry and Roger met with local MP Keir Starmer, who is resident in the forum area to acquaint him with KTNF’s proposals for the KTPDA and show him the architects’ drawings KTNF has had prepared.
Camden Civic Society expressed concerns over HS2 and Euston development (Robert)
Transport Consultation – Liz is writing response on behalf of KTNF (to be circulated prior to submission) (https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/camden-transport-strategy/consult_view/)
ACTION: Liz to circulate committee the draft response
KTNF (IG) attended Save Camden Trees meeting set up by BARA resident Harvey Flinder. Meeting called by HF, attended by two ward councillors and around 30 others. Report produced on FoI requests, Camden Open Data and other contributions. Camden’s policy is twice yearly pollarding of trees based on a policy of defendable claims v subsidence. Contention is this policy denudes streets of tree cover and the benefits of air quality, shade, habitat etc; and kills some trees. Comparison with three neighbouring boroughs demonstrates the extent of stripping and topping is unnecessary – Camden has same low rate of tree related subsidence as its neighbours who do not routinely pollard their mature trees. Call has been made on Council to amend its current Tree Policy.
KTNF (IG) attended an NLA round-table on Neighbourhood Forums in London 5 years on. Reps from several NFs discussed issues. Trend for NFs to become parish councils due to easier administration and access to funding. Being written up in New London Quarterly.
LATEST MINUTES: KENTISH TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Committee Meeting – 7pm – 9pm, Thursday 19 July 2018 at The Vine, 86 Highgate Road, NW5 1PB
Present: Roger, Paul, Ian, Chris, Robert, Fabrizio
1 Apologies: Celia, Joanna, Derek, Virginia, Henry, Alice, Liz
2 Conflicts of interest:
Roger asked committee members who are involved in other Kentish Town groups to state if they see those groups duplicating projects of KTNF.
3 Minutes of last meeting (10 May) and matters arising:
- Roger to send Gus of Kentish Town City Farm – map in the plan RW
- Air pollution: KTNF to stress anti-air pollution measures in new buildings in planning application responses such as electric car points, energy efficiency, renewables and low NOx boilers All
- Environment and environmental protection to be stressed in our responses to the Kentish Town Planning Framework All
- Look into promoting the closure of Kentish Town Road on specific day/days (Sunday(s) PS
- Discover location of Camden’s last mile park for delivery lorries and promote to wider list IG
- Write to TFL asking to extend rent bike scheme to Kentish Town Road RW
4 Welcome Joanna Chow as new committee member
5 Update on Regis Road/Framework (RW)
Three meetings and walkabout so far; Camden Council presented its compilation of the workshops to date; Still fair amount to be completed including data on housing need, new schools and health facilities. Major changes: the relocation of industrial/employment space next to the rail line largely due to traffic/transport issues; the Veolia waste site is out of play; the edges of the development areas – not covered.
KTNF to compile a list of points arising from workshop to send to Camden and request to see Camden’s plan in greater detail RW
6 Greening Kentish Town Road and CIL (IG)
KTNF invited to and ultimately led a walkabout looking at potential location of greenery with three councillors, and five people from three Camden Council departments from the proposals presented. Green Space explained no trees to be planted due to underground services; but general agreement on planters and bike planters. More planned for the Old Post Office side (3:1) due to width of pavements. Proposal is being discussed among councillors and Camden officers. Canteloes ward councillor wants to part-fund the scheme. KTNF is minded to part-fund through CIL and waiting for costings prior to progressing an application.
7 Ingestre (AB)
KTNF advised that it shouldn’t accept the current plan and should wait for a planning application to be submitted.
8 Pubs as ACVs (CH)
Working group formed, met 11 July; Paul, Chris, Roger (KTNF), Caroline Hill (KTRA), Caz Stuart (local resident), Lindsey Purchall (KTRA). Absent-, Derek (KTNF). Context – Implementation of policy in Neighbourhood Plan. Andrew Triggs, principal planning officer at Camden Council in charge of ACV applications, confirmed KTNF is an eligible group to apply for ACVs. Actual pub visits and desk research planned. Next meeting 8 August.
An email to be sent to members requesting evidence of local pubs social and community value (IG).
9 Car Wash site (RW)
Camden Council willing to accept a planning application for the car wash site; accepted that it is not linked to the re-development of the Regis Road site and will not affect green access ways.
10 Updates on 3-6 Spring Place (AB) and Carpetright and Pizza Express (VB)
Brockton Capital is seeking changes to the consented scheme at Spring Place. Change in elevational treatment and the loss the link between Grafton Road and Spring Place are the most significant issues; Paul to liaise with Alice to submit KTNF’s comments. Virginia not present to report.
11 Comms (IG)
Website up to date. Ian thanked for his work on this.
12 Raising KTNF profile and fundraising
Current activities – Pubs as ACVs and Greening Kentish Town Road are raising KTNF profile. Roger also wrote to CNJ about step free access at KT station.
The Vine has been very accommodating to KTNF. Roger encouraged members to reciprocate by buying drinks.RW
14 Date of next meeting 2018 8 November. The Vine.