Gospel Oak regeneration

We’ve recently consulted residents, local businesses, community groups and other stakeholders on regeneration ideas to make the Gospel Oak area (which includes parts of Gospel Oak and Haverstock wards) a better place to live, work and visit.

The consultation was based on a set of priorities that were agreed with the community in 2013, which includes building new homes, making the area safer and more welcoming and with improved open spaces, community provision and opportunities for businesses.

What you told us

  • The top three priorities were improving Queen’s Crescent, investing in housing and community safety.
  • The importance and value of the youth and sports provision to the community came through strongly. The top three priorities for open spaces were children’s play, multi-use games areas and quiet areas for sitting.
  • Nearly half of the respondents liked the idea of a partnership approach to provide more affordable housing.
  • Sixty per cent of respondents wanted to see the paving and shop fronts improved on Queen’s Crescent.
  • Most respondents believed better use could be made of the library as a community resource.
  • Gospel Oak open space came out as the top site for new housing development, but it is also well regarded as an open space and is the community’s top priority for improvement.
  • Improving links to Kentish Town (for example, via Arctic Street) was seen as important for more than half of the respondents.
  • Respondents also suggested ideas to improve community safety, which included better lighting and increased CCTV. People also thought more activity on the street would make them feel safer.

Find out more

To view the full independent report on the consultation, including an executive summary of the main findings, visit

What’s coming up next?

We received more than 1,000 comments from residents and stakeholders, which is one of our largest responses from a consultation. Thank you to everyone that took part. Over the coming months we'll be developing a plan which can be used to bring about change in the Gospel Oak area. The plan will be based on the seven agreed priorities and will ensure that individual projects benefit the area and its communities. We will then consult the local community on our plan before going ahead with projects.