Residents vote ‘yes’ to Camden’s first Neighbourhood Plan
Residents of Fortune Green and West Hampstead have voted in favour of a neighbourhood plan for their wards following a referendum held on Thursday 9 July.
The referendum, only the second in London, means the neighbourhood plan – which sets out a community’s vision for the local area and general planning policies to guide future development - will now be used to influence planning decisions in the area.
“The ‘yes’ vote shows democracy in action in Camden.
“I congratulate the Fortune Green and West Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum for their hard work preparing the plan in consultation with residents, businesses, landowners and others.
“The area has a distinctive and much loved urban village character with some great amenities and a vibrant community spirit. As a designated growth area in the London Plan, there is already a lot of change happening around the area’s excellent transport links. The plan will seek to retain and protect West Hampstead’s positive features, while shaping the delivery of the new housing, jobs and facilities that local people need.
Following the plan successfully passing a formal examination by an independent examiner, the next step was to hold a public referendum which asked eligible electors: “Do you want London Borough of Camden to use the neighbourhood plan for Fortune Green and West Hampstead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The Council will now take account of the plan to inform planning decisions in the area and is scheduled to formally adopt the plan in September.
To read more about neighbourhood plans visit: www.camden.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning
For more information on the voting at the referendum visit: www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/