Campaigners lodge formal objection to latest Swain’s Lane parade designs

17:30 28 May 2014

The latest designs for Swain's Lane shopping parade. Picture: Liam O'Connor Architects

The latest designs for Swain's Lane shopping parade. Picture: Liam O'Connor Architects


A community group has lodged a formal objection to the latest designs for a revitalised Highgate shopping parade.

The Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Advisory Committee (DPCAAC) has reiterated its concerns about the height and bulk of proposed buildings for the parade in Swain’s Lane, which is due for redevelopment, in a letter sent to Camden Council planners yesterday.

The objection states: “A bare majority... considers the basic architecture, with tweaking, is sufficiently improved to make it ‘just tolerable’ but only if the scheme proposed offers a tangible assurance of a vital and viable future for our long-blighted neighbourhood centre and community hub.

“As the current proposals stand, we are not convinced that it does.”

Earlier this month The Earl of Listowel, who owns the parade, submitted new designs of plans to demolish the one-storey building and rebuild it as two three-storey blocks, dropping to two storeys at the corner with Highgate West Hill.

A spokesman for Lord Listowel’s design team said: “While we are disappointed to hear of the objection, we are encouraged by how the revised scheme seems to have been welcomed by others.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

A colourful man-about-town has reformed his fringe political party on the back of the Brexit result - which he said is “a step in the right direction” towards abolishing the existing system

Yesterday, 16:26

Controversial plans to build a 10-storey “big ugly block” of luxury flats in Hampstead were last night waved through by Camden Council.

Yesterday, 07:00

A row has broken out over plans to dig out a basement car park and swimmming pool next to Hampstead Heath.

Thu, 17:15

A heritage campaigner has told of his devastation after he watched raiders ransack a disused pub that he fought to preserve.

Thu, 15:45

A historic red phone box in Highgate Village could soon be a tiny office space, complete with printing, scanning, copying and wifi

Thu, 11:00

Camden parents were forced to pay a total of £20,000 in school fines in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Thu, 07:08

This year’s Hampstead Christmas Festival has been called off, the Ham&High can reveal.

Wed, 19:00

The vicar believes the flags were taken down on both occasions as part of a targeted ‘homophobic attack’ on his church’s open and inclusive values

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now