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

09:00
International cosmetic surgery expert Cindy Jackson and Ian Carmichael, the Queen’s personal hair stylist, will both be speaking at the event at Lauderdale House

Highgate resident and international cosmetic surgery expert Cindy Jackson is helping Lauderdale House raise funds for a building project to transform its future.

Yesterday, 19:51
Naushad Faruk. Picture: Central News.

A glamour model from Camden sobbed as she described how a cameraman persuaded her to engage in a sex act with him by threatening to take away the Chihuahua puppy he had given her as a gift.

Yesterday, 18:40
Jihadi John

The secondary school that ISIS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ attended in St John’s Wood has said it is ‘shocked and sickened by the news’.

Yesterday, 18:14
A swastika has been daubed at the top of Highgate West Hill in Highgate

A police investigation has been launched as more offensive swastika signs have been found graffitied on notice boards and bus shelters near Hampstead Heath.

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

Among the charitable causes the prince hopes to champion are wildlife conservation and justice for injured service personnel.

Although Farage may not have mentioned the fascist pre-conference entertainment, his speech showed he’s very aware of his party’s image.

Leonard Nimoy is currently dominating six of the top trend slots on Twitter. His fans, friends and co-stars should be proud.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder