Gospel Oak and Haverstock Community Vision

Change is already taking place in Gospel Oak and Haverstock as part of the Community Investment Programme. Much needed new homes have already been built in the area, with more to come that either have planning approval or are currently under construction. Further proposals are planned to come forward for West Kentish Town and Wendling and St Stephens Close Estates following positive resident ballots and the Council is investing in other improvements and projects in the area.

Camden Council has therefore developed a Community Vision for Gospel Oak and Haverstock - a planning framework that will help to guide development and where and how money is invested in the neighbourhood to make it a better place to live, work and visit.

What is the Community Vision?

The Vision builds on existing policies and priorities in the adopted Local Plan to set out the Councils emerging planning vision for the area.

The guidance sets out some key development principles and planning objectives to help shape, influence and guide future development proposals in the area so that they are acceptable and can deliver positive benefits and improvements to make the area even better for the local community. It follows on from significant consultation and engagement across the community. We know that local people know their area better than anyone else, which is why we involved you in shaping the future of the area and helped us develop the Community Vision. 

Before writing and consulting on a Community Vision, we first spent time asking and listening to what local people thought about their neighbourhood, and how they wished to see it change in the future.

This first stage of engagement ran between October 2020 and July 2021.  We heard from over 460 residents via a survey and over 200 residents in person on a range of matters of importance for future change in the area. We also ran a Neighbourhood Assembly during this time. 

The findings from of these conversations were summarised in an engagement report and Neighbourhood Assembly report:

Gospel Oak and Haverstock Community Vision - Stage 1 report, August 2021 (pdf)

You can access a copy of the Neighbourhood Assembly report by clicking on this link.

This feedback was then used to create a draft Community Vision. consultation ran from November 2021 until 20th January 2022.

The consultation was open to local residents, businesses, workers, community groups, visitors, and anyone else who has a connection or interest in the area.

You can still view the consultation materials and online responses here.

We also received responses through questionnaires and drop-in sessions at St Martin’s Church and Queens Crescent Library and by email.

What happens next?

Responses to the consultation have been considered and used to help us update and revise a final version of the document. 

A further consultation feedback report of the responses was prepared and can be viewed here

The Community Vision was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 4th November 2022.

You can view the SPD and the decision report and other related documents here.

Have a question or want to get in touch?

If you have any questions or want any further information or want to be kept updated, email us at: [email protected]