(September 2019) The cinema is coming, says developer


Pizza Express Building (Pic: Chris Hudson)

Building works have started and are ongoing at the old Pizza Express building and the director of VABEL, the company in charge of the project, says the cinema will come – next summer.

The new developer has planning permission for 12 flats and a ground floor cinema.

Director of the company, Jeremy Spencer told the CNJ that the building needed structural work to create a screening room that can hold the weight of the homes above and the designs of the flats needed to be changed to improve acoustics and sound-proofing.


Murphy’s Yard Update


An Open Exhibition putting forward some ideas and asking for community input took place in July.

The seven hectare site is currently underutilised. Murphy is committed to maintaining a long-term and substantial presence on the site. The Council is supportive that Murphy remains a central part of the local business community.

But the redevelopment opens up many opportunities. Much of the operational areas are under-used, so there is a significant potential to create more affordable homes, more jobs, more open spaces, increase biodiversity, more pedestrian and cycle routes and a new public route between Kentish Town and Hampstead Heath.

Constraints include an ecological nature reserve, Network Rail access points, steep level changes, Thames Water sewer, a gas compound, a railway tunnel and rail lines.

Any development has to work within the framework of the Camden Site Allocations Plan, the London Plan, the Local Plan, KTNF and DPNF plans and the draft Kentish Town Planning Framework document.

The team is aiming for 2020 approval for the plans.

For more details and feedback form:

Future High Streets Fund

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Kentish Town High Street planters (pic Chris Hudson)

Fifty projects submitted for the Future High Streets Fund were announced as going forward  in July, from hundreds of applications. And a further fifty in August. The Kentish Town High Street bid did not reach the second stage.

Three sites in London selected to go forward to the next round in the first tranche were: Tottenham High Road, Old Kent Road in Southwark and Sutton High Street. Greenwich, Woolwich Town Centre and Putney Town Centre were selected in the second tranche.

Camden representatives said the Kentish Town High Street bid put forward a progressive narrative and Camden Council wants to look again and see what can be taken forward in other ways.

Camden Council is in liaison with Councillor Danny Beales on this.

On other High Street initiatives resulting from the joint KTRA, TKT and KTNF meeting in January, a letter has been sent to Camden Council on restricting night time deliveries; plans have been mooted for a street party in relation to Christmas Lights; work is underway to try to extend business hours to provide work experience for students.

On the Kentish Town High Street planters, a bulb planting session has been planned for October.

On the Cottage Garden on Platform One on Kentish Town Overground, now two and a half years old, KTNF is continuing to run the watering and maintenance with Transition Kentish Town and Govia.

Update on other developments and planning applications


The fountain under the canopy is part of Mayor of London’s Freshwater Fountains initiative.

Developers are investigating building six town houses at Raglan House, Raglan Street.

The old HSBC bank unit has now been re let to Creams and is now open as an ice cream and desserts parlour.

The Fortess Road redevelopment (3 units next to the Co-Op shop) to create new flats and ground floor and basement retail unit) was generally supported by KTNF.

The old Santander bank unit next to Morgan’s the printers is being fitted out by The British Heart Foundation.

The old Oddbins shop has been relet and is being fitted out and will be occupied by Inside Store London. They sell gifts, accessories and furniture we believe.

KTNF has had informal talks with an artisan baker to help them identify potential premises in Kentish Town to open a bakery and shop.

KTNF supports restricting pollarding of trees

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Pollarding a horse chestnut (credit: J. Taylor – – 1268299.jpg)

KTNF supports the initiative to reduce pollarding of trees in Camden led by local resident, Harvey Flinder.

The initiative is against unnecessary pollarding which it says kills some types of trees. Following research in surrounding boroughs, the team found that even though there was less pollarding, there was no difference in subsidence claims. Subsidence risk is one of the main reasons Camden do so much pollarding.

The team also says less pollarding will provide leaf and branch cover for protection from heat and provide evaporative cooling in the summer along with increased carbon dioxide absorption.

The Ministry to visit Kentish Town


KTNF is arranging for representatives from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to visit Kentish Town.

MHCLG wants to study what it takes to go through creating a neighbourhood forum and carry it through from inspection and referendum to an adopted plan.

We will be able to share with them the planning policies in the Kentish Town  Neighbourhood Plan (which can be viewed on ( and explain what help we needed to achieve these.

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

Map of the KTNF area
Map of the KTNF area

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: or

More details on consultation:

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.

  1. Which of the pubs listed above are you familiar with?


  1. 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?


  1. If yes, please list the event, approximate date(s) and frequency.


  1. Is there a room in the pub available for community use / meetings etc?


  1. If yes, does the pub charge a fee for these uses?


I look forward to receiving your response to , 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.

More information:

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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