KTNF seeks members for its committee
KTNF is seeking four more people to join the committee. We have set out below what being a committee member involves.
We especially welcome applications from women, people under 25 and those from a BAME background who are currently under represented on the committee.
* KTNF’s main role is to monitor and progress the ambitions set out in the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan. We will give new committee members a face to face briefing about the Plan to enable you to understand the Policies and the ambitions behind it.
* The only real qualification we are looking for is that you have an interest in the type of development that takes place in Kentish Town and are happy to support the Policies in the Plan.
* Potential committee members will want to understand what the time commitment would be in order to carry out this role and we set out below the activities that we would ask you to commit to:
- attend quarterly meetings in Kentish Town that usually last from 7pm to 9.30 pm. Apart from attending and contributing to the meetings, there may be some material that you will have to be read in advance in preparation for the meetings;
- We hold one annual general meeting you would be expected to attend;
- Apart from these 4 formal meetings, during the year we do most of our other business by email. This usually means seeking the views of committee members on important matters that arise on an ad hoc basis. We would expect committee members to read any relevant material and to respond to the emails within a certain time frame, for example 2 weeks is usual.
Essentially, these are the main duties of a committee member. We occasionally set up a sub group of a small group of committee members to look at a particular issue. If you have a particular interest in one of these issues, you are welcome to volunteer to join a sub-committee but this will be entirely your choice.
If you are interested in learning more about the role before committing, we would be very happy to speak with you further.
Camden consults on Kentish Town Draft Planning Framework
Camden Council has opened a consultation on the draft planning framework which includes intensive work from Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum on the Regis Road site and part of Murphy’s land.
Both areas formed a core part of the adopted plan, and several members of the KTNF were on the working party with members of the Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum (whose boundary covers the other part of Murphy’s) and several Camden Council planners. The group held several meetings developing plans and strategies which built upon the original plans and the first set of consultations earlier in the year.
Public consultation on the draft framework is now open and will run until 7 December 2018. The consultation is open to local residents, businesses, landowners, workers, community groups, and everyone else who has an interest in the area.
Camden Council and the group will analyse the responses and finesse the document and there is likely to be a further more limited stage of consultation in 2019 before the Council adopts the final framework as a Supplementary Planning Document.
Public open sessions where you can talk to members of the team are at Kentish Town Library, 262-266 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA on Thursday 8 November 1 to 4pm and Tuesday 20 November 5 to 8pm.
Comments can also be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
More details on consultation: https://bit.ly/2uNN45A
KTNF Pubs Working Group seeks answers on uses
The Assembly House
KTNF now has a working group that is obtaining evidence required to support the nomination of a pub as an ACV. And we need your help and support in this.
The KTNF committee thanks those of you who responded to our recent email asking for support to implement our policy to protect pubs in our area.
As part of this exercise it would be very helpful to receive information from you, so do please respond to the questions in this email. Our intention is to nominate all the pubs listed in the Neighbourhood Plan at the same time.
A short explanation of what it means to the community for a pub to be an ACV might help before you answer the questions. If a pub in Kentish Town is successfully nominated as an ACV it is, by its very definition, considered by Camden Council to be valued by the community.
In addition to imposing a 6 month moratorium on a disposal to enable the community to put a bid together (unlikely in Kentish Town because of high property prices) or find another pub operator, ACV registration is a ‘material consideration’ when the Council considers an application for a change of use from a pub.
The pubs are The Junction Tavern, The Vine, The Pineapple, The Bull & Gate, The Assembly House, The Oxford Tavern, The Lion and Unicorn, Camden’s Daughter, The Abbey Tavern, The George IV, The Grafton, Quinns, Leighton Arms, The Unicorn and the Rose & Crown.
- Which of the pubs listed above are you familiar with?
- Have you taken part in, or noticed, any community events in the pub? For example: weddings, wakes, meetings, quiz nights, music nights, snooker, pool, film nights, sports on TV etc?
- If yes, please list the event, approximate date(s) and frequency.
- Is there a room in the pub available for community use / meetings etc?
- If yes, does the pub charge a fee for these uses?
I look forward to receiving your response to firstname.lastname@example.org , by Sunday 5th August please so we have the information in good time for our next working group meeting on 8th August.
Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum Re-designated until June 2023
Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum has been re-designated until 9 June 2023 by Camden Council.
KTNF applied for and was granted designation as a neighbourhood forum in April 2013. This designation runs for five years. An application was put in in February this year.
KTNF looks into Pubs as Assets of Community Values
Bull and Gate
KTNF ran a consultation between May and June 2018 asking members for their views on the KTNF making ACV applications on behalf of pubs in its area.
The Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan (NP) contains a policy for the protection of pubs in which KTNF “recommends that all the public houses listed here [see below] are placed on the register of Assets of Community Value” at Camden Council.
KTNF is a qualified body for making an ACV application and 15 pubs are listed.
The effect of a listing is to prevent a disposal for 6 months so as to give the community an opportunity to put together a bid for the pub. For a pub to qualify as an ACV it must be shown to further the “social well-being or social interests of the local community”.
Positive responses were received and a working group has been formed.
KTNF takes part in Kentish Town Planning Framework
Over several months this year, KTNF has taken part in Camden Council’s Kentish Town Planning Framework Consultation.
The Planning Framework outlines the principles by which development takes place.
Members of the KTNF and Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum, along with Camden Council planners have attended three workshops, and a walkabout and input ideas on issues such as future housing and green space in the development areas.
Camden Council planners are assembling the ideas and a public consultation is set to be released in the autumn.
Planters along Kentish Town Road?
Pic: Thanks to TonytheTiger
KTNF is involved in the planter project for Kentish Town Road.
Several areas of the Kentish Town Plan refer to biodiversity and green space (GO1, GO2, GO3) and Green Gateways Project.
Other local groups such as Kentish Town Road Action, Transition Kentish Town and Camden Air Action have been pushing for planters – some for over five years. And KTNF co-ordinated the efforts into a report and maps.
Following the successful Cottage Garden project organised by the KTNF on Kentish Town Overground station last year, proposal documents were sent to Camden Council.
After consultation between Camden departments and the completion of the first Planning Framework consultation, Camden Council is currently working on proposals.
Ingestre development | Car Wash site | Spring Place | Carpetright and Pizza Express buildings
Pizza Express Building
KTNF is actively engaged in consulting and meeting with interested parties on the above sites.
Changes to committee membership
KTNF welcomes Joanna Chow to the committee.
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