Search

Battle lines drawn over sale of historic Hampstead garden

11:54 12 November 2012

Kate Streeter at Burgh House,Camden Council is planning to sell off the garden in  front the House

Kate Streeter at Burgh House,Camden Council is planning to sell off the garden in front the House

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The town hall has been accused of selling off its family silver after announcing plans to flog a historic piece of land in Hampstead to swell its coffers.

Sites set to be sold

• Bassett Street, NW5

• Bridge House, Adelaide Road, NW3

• Bridgeway Street estate, NW1

• College Place estate, NW1

• Constable House, Adelaide Road, NW3

• Dennington House, Dennington Park Road NW6

• Dynham Road, NW6

• Flask Cottages, NW3

• Grangefield, Marquis Road, NW1

• Kilburn Vale estate, NW6

• Regent’s Park estate, NW1

• St Silas estate, NW5

• The Wells House, Well Walk, NW3

• Wolsey Mews and 3-7 Islip Street, NW5

The small plot of land, in front of Burgh House, provided a quiet spot for the contemplation of residents who lived there from the early 1700s.

But the green could soon be paved over as Camden Council begins to plunder its high-value property and land portfolio to fund school and housing projects across the borough.

Trustees at what is now a Grade-I listed museum called an emergency meeting last night to plan a challenge.

Kate Streeter, general manager at the museum in New End Square, said: “The land is as important to maintain as the building itself and we would obviously strongly oppose any plans to develop that land.”

The land was once part of the 18th century house’s grounds and in 1911 got a makeover by Gertrude Jekyll – one of the greatest gardeners of her time.

In 1944 the council bought the freehold to Burgh House on the condition “that any scheme for the development of the site shall provide for the preservation of Burgh House”.

Ms Streeter claims this would prove to be a stumbling block for any developer. “It would be extremely unlikely that planning permission would be granted so I am not having a huge panic,” she said.

The council has not yet decided to sell the site and is consulting residents. The sale would go towards £2million worth of investment needed in Hampstead over the next five years.

A communal garden in nearby Wells House is also under threat and residents there are also mounting a campaign.

John Rice, a leaseholder, said: “The council calls it a communal landscaped area, but we refer to it as our garden.

“People do use it particularly in the summer, with families out picnicking on the grass and children playing.”

Cllr Valerie Leach, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “These are sites the council might decide are surplus to our requirement and we are initially doing a poll on what possibility there might be of development, or if there is very strong community objection and we encourage them to respond.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:10
The low rate of burglaries now solved was described as 'very worrying' by the Camden SNB

Burglars breaking into residents’ homes are now getting away with more than 95 per cent of their crimes, figures covering Camden have shown.

Yesterday, 09:48
Chief Supt Richard Tucker, acting Borough Commander of Camden, said the plummit in solved burglaries was down to a change in procedures

Camden’s top police officer has questioned the role his force now plays in dealing with mentally ill residents, warning some of his officers’ actions are having “catastrophic consequences” for vulnerable people.

Yesterday, 07:00
Sarah Cope with children Clementine and Walter, bottom left, and Patrick and Harry Mildren, centre, protest against the estate being earmarked for redevelopment. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Young families and elderly residents who have lived in a housing estate for generations fear their homes could be demolished within a decade under draft redevelopment plans by the council.

Sunday, May 31, 2015
The altercation took place outside this pub in north-west London [Image from Google StreetView]

A 72-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening head injuries after a fight outside a pub on Swiss Cottage’s Finchley Road on Friday night.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder