Search

Rampant development and high street woes drive support for Hampstead pressure group

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 February 2014

Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh House

Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh House

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Fears that rampant development and struggling high streets could see Hampstead “change out of all recognition” are contributing to a surge in support for a new pressure group, a campaigner says.

Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh HouseHampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh House

Janine Griffis said worries about what Hampstead will be like in five years time are a major motivation for many who are getting involved with plans to create a Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum under the Localism Act, which, it is hoped, could wield real power over planning matters.

More than 40 people gathered to express their thoughts on the area’s future at the first community engagement event held by campaigners – a mass brainstorming session at Burgh House in New End Square on Sunday.

Campaign spearhead Ms Griffis said: “There’s kind of a concern and fear that Hampstead will change out of all recognition.

“I think it’s based on the fact that property is worth so much and rates are so high in Hampstead High Street and Heath Street, people are afraid that shops they love won’t be able to stay.

Janine Griffis Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh HouseJanine Griffis Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum brain storming session at Burgh House

“People really care about Hampstead and want to make sure it doesn’t lose its special character.”

Ms Griffis said the meeting had been a great success and was the first of many that will feed into a “neighbourhood plan” to be drawn up by the forum.

“It was really to start to establish some themes upon which our plan will be based, everything from what Hampstead should look like in five years, to how to protect our open spaces and how to keep our heritage,” she said.

“We were really taken aback with the level of enthusiasm.”

Guests were encouraged to let their imaginations run free and Ms Griffis said about 50 suggestions were put forward, with a full list to be published this week.

Ideas included keeping streets leafy by insisting two trees are planted for every one that is felled, while the impact of lorry traffic, large developments and basement excavations were hot topics.

Ms Griffis, who is chairman of the Pilgrim’s to Willoughby Residents’ Association, added: “People came along because they want to keep the village vibrant, maintain the sense of neighbourhood and make it a place that people of all ages can live in for all of their lives.”

Visit www.hampsteadforum.org for more information and to register your interest.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

11:46

Two men have been arrested in West Hampstead on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Westminster.

4 minutes ago

Idling coaches parked illegally in Primrose Hill are destroying the environment, according to John McCririck who has labelled the pollution as “disgusting”.

13:39

Hampstead could become its own constituency again for the first time since 1979 under proposed new electoral boundary proposals.

Yesterday, 17:11

Charitable students at UCS Hampstead have clubbed together to give a mammoth donation to the north Paddington food bank.

Yesterday, 13:11

Crouch End comedian Sean Hughes has died, his management company has confirmed.

Yesterday, 13:06

An application to demolish an Edwardian house in Muswell Hill and rebuild it as a modern home has been met with opposition from local residents.

Yesterday, 12:22

The husband of jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has repeated his demand to meet the Iranian ambassador to the UK so he can attend a possible second trial of his wife.

Yesterday, 12:15

A senior police officer has said it is “not practical” for officers to investigate crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage as his force bids to save £400 million.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you are a pet owner, maybe you can empathise with this familiar tale.

Japanese baby and children’s clothing company Familiar is making their first venture into Europe with a pop up event in Hampstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now