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Camley Street Referendum


At long last, the referendum to adopt the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan into Camden’s planning regulations will be held on Thursday 6 May and we are asking you to say ‘Yes’ on the ballot paper.
Everyone who lives in the Camley Street Forum Area (inside the red line) can vote in this referendum; you just need to be on Camden’s electoral roll.

Map of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area

The Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan

Two Neighbourhood Plan events

Tuesday 20 April 6-8pm

An outside ‘open air’ display of the Neighbourhood Plan with leaflets and lots of information on several well-spaced benches at Alara in Camley Street with someone by each bench to answer your questions.
The Government roadmap says six people will be able to gather in open air settings by then – whatever the regulations say on the day we will of course fully comply with.

Wednesday 21 April 6-8pm

Three repeating 45 minute ‘drop in’ sessions on Zoom and Telephone at 6:00, 6:45 and 7:30. Each session will start with a summary of the neighbourhood plan and what it will mean for Camley Street, followed by an open Q&A session.
The Zoom links and telephone numbers for this will be published closer to the day.

The six principles of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan

Local Community and Social Needs

Protect and enhance existing social infrastructure facilities and contribute towards improved social interaction.


Create new homes to suit a variety of people that are high quality, affordable and well designed that can co-exist and thrive with space for new and existing businesses.


Enhance Camley Street’s role as a place of employment. Deliver space that supports a diverse mix of business opportunities and enables the existing business community to flourish and grow.

Sustainable Transport

Support and promote sustainable transportation for all uses.

Green Infrastructure

Increase the range and quality of green spaces accessible to residents.

Design Quality

Design will be high quality, ambitious in terms of its environmental credentials, improve accessibility into and through the area, improve safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists, and will preserve and enhance the area’s existing positive features.

Camley Street Neighbourhood Development Plan – Progress


27 March 2020

The independent examiner has issued her report on our Neighbourhood Development Plan and you can read it here. You can read the final ‘referendum version’ of the Plan here. Camden Council has issued a report on the process, which you can read here. The Council’s formal decision statement is here. As you can see from paragraph 1.7 of the Council’s report, the Plan can now go forward to a referendum, which will be conducted in exactly the same way as local and mayoral elections are conducted. Everyone on the electoral roll in the Camley Street Neighbourhood Area will be entitled to vote. When we know when the referendum will be held, we will conduct a campaign encouraging voters to vote in favour of the Plan. You’ll see from paragraph 1.7 that Camden at the moment thinks that the referendum may not take place before May 2021, at the same time as the postponed mayoral elections. Because of the current Covid-19 emergency, such a long delay may be necessary, but if the emergency finishes during 2020, as we all hope, we shall be encouraging Camden to hold the referendum earlier.

Camden’s consultation on our Neighbourhood Plan closed on 25 October and it’s now been sent, with all the consultation feedback received, to an independent examiner who will determine if it meets all the necessary regulations and can can go forward to a public referendum.

The independant examiner wrote to us on 13 November outlining the inspection procedure and asked that the letter be published on our website. I’ve attached the original letter as a PDF here and transcribed it below.

On 28 November the Examiner wrote with some questions for the Neighbourhood Forum.

On 19 December we wrote to the examiner with detailed answers to all of her questions and an updated map to replace the one on page 5 of the neighbourhood plan.

And on the 10 January Camden wrote to the examiner with their comments on our letter of the 19th.


EXAMINER: Jill Kingaby BSc (Econ) MSc MRTPI

John Richmond, Secretary of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum
Andrew Triggs, London Borough of Camden

Examination Ref: 01/JK/CSNP
13 November 2019

Dear Mr Richmond and Mr Triggs

Following the submission of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) for examination, I would like to clarify several initial procedural matters.

1. Examination Documentation

I can confirm that I am satisfied that I have received a complete submission of the draft Plan and accompanying documentation, including the Basic Conditions Statement, the Consultation Statement and the Regulation 16 representations, to enable me to undertake the examination.
Subject to my detailed assessment of the draft Plan, I have not at this initial stage identified any very significant and obvious flaws in the Plan that might lead me to advise that the examination should not proceed.

2. Site Visit

I intend to undertake a site visit to the Plan area week commencing 18 November 2019. This will assist in my assessment of the draft Plan, including the issues identified in the representations.
The site visit will be undertaken unaccompanied. It is very important that I am not approached to discuss any aspects of the Plan or the neighbourhood area, as this may be perceived to prejudice my independence and risk compromising the fairness of the examination process.

3. Written Representations

At this stage, I consider the examination can be conducted solely by the written representations procedure, without the need for a hearing. However, I will reserve the option to convene a hearing should a matter(s) come to light where I consider that a hearing is necessary to ensure the adequate examination of an issue, or to ensure that a person has a fair chance to put a case.

4. Further Clarification

After my site visit, I may have a number of questions seeking further clarification on aspects of the Plan.

5. Examination Timetable

As you will be aware, the intention is to examine the Plan (including conduct of the site visit) with a view to providing a draft report (for ‘fact checking’) within 4-6 weeks of submission of the draft Plan.
However, if after my site visit I do have questions, I will need to provide you with sufficient opportunity to reply. Consequentially, the examination timetable could be extended. Please be assured that in such circumstances I would aim to mitigate any delay as far as is practicable. The IPe office team will seek to keep you updated on the anticipated delivery date of the draft report.

If you have any process questions related to the conduct of the examination, which you would like me to address, please do not hesitate to contact the office team in the first instance.

In the interests of transparency, may I prevail upon you to ensure a copy of this letter is placed on the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum and Local Authority websites.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Your sincerely
Jill Kingaby

Support the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan


Map of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area

The Neighbourhood Plan we have been working on with your help since 2012 has been sent to Camden Council who have published it on their website and are “seeking views and comments on the draft Plan from residents and other interested stakeholders” – which means you!
It would be really helpful if you could email or write to Camden before October 25th saying that you support the plan.

And thank you for your support from Alex, Peter, John and everyone else on the team

The Neighbourhood Plan is a long and complicated set of documents (that's planning regulations for you!) but the key points of the plan are:

  • Improving the quality of the local environment in terms of design, landscape improvements and pedestrian and cyclist comfort and accessibility
  • Improving the quality and range of green spaces across the neighbourhood, particularly in areas lacking access to high-quality spaces
  • Providing a range of housing types and sizes that are genuinely affordable to local people.
  • Providing the social infrastructure required to improve well-being and quality of life across the neighbourhood, accessible to all residents
  • Reinforcing the area’s role as a place of employment, retaining the current range of businesses, and providing opportunities for existing and new businesses to grow and flourish

Supporting the plan means that all of those objectives will become part of the planning regulations that will determine the future redevelopment of Camley Street.
To support the plan you can send an email to Camden at: planningpolicy@camden.gov.uk or write to: Planning Policy, Regeneration and Planning, London Borough of Camden, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

You could write to Camden and say …

Dear Camden Planning Policy Team

I write to confirm that I do believe that the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan as submitted to Camden meets the ‘basic conditions’ requirement as set out in legislation. The aims of the Plan are, I believe, fully in harmony with Camden’s, the Greater London Authority’s and the UK government’s policies with regard to such matters as affordable housing, the maintenance of a diversity of employment in London, and the urgent need for sustainable and environmentally responsible development. I look forward to reading the independent examiner’s comments on the Plan in due course, and I should like to be informed of the Council’s decision on the examiner’s recommendations.

I would be willing to participate in a public hearing should the examiner decide to hold one.

Yours sincerely
Your name & postcode

Or you could just say …

Dear Camden Planning Policy Team

I support the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan and think it should be adopted. I live/work in the Camley Street Plan Area.

Your name and postcode

Both options are good but please send your message to Camden today

Neighbourhood Forum Redesignation


Dear Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Supporter

As someone who has taken an interest in our aims and objectives for some time, we would like to ask for your help.

As you may be aware, our designation as the Neighbourhood Forum must be renewed every five years and the public consultation on our application for re-designation has been open on Camden’s website for some weeks and runs until Thursday 4 April.

You can help the Forum by sending a message to Camden saying that you support the application for re-designation. All that’s required is a short email message to planningpolicy@camden.gov.uk saying something like “I support the Camley Street application for resignation” along with your name and postcode.

A sincere thank you from all of us if you can do this.

At the same time, work on the Neighbourhood Plan itself continues apace. Following the public consultation on the plan which ran from 28th November to 13th January this year, all the responses, comments and suggestions received are being fed into work on what we hope will be the final version. Our intention is that this will then be given a formal ‘health check’ by a specialist urban planning company before being submitted for final inspection by an independent arbiter and then a public referendum of all those on the electoral register within the Camley Street Forum Area.

And once again, a sincere ‘thank you’ if you can send that note of support to Camden before this Thursday.

Regards and thanks from
Peter, Alex (chair), John (Treasurer) and John (Secretary)

Final draft of the Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan

The final draft of the Camley Street neighbourhood plan is now complete and will be subject to a statutory consultation period beginning on Wednesday 28th November 2018 and ending on Sunday 13th January 2019. For details of how to view the plan, click Flyer for consultation. To respond to the plan, click 5665 Feedback form. To read the full plan itself, click Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan. To read three display boards giving an abbreviated summary of the plan, click Camley Street consultation banners.

Development of the Camley Street/Cedar Way Estate: Part of a Virtuous Circle of Businesses in Camden

1. The context

The Camley Street/Cedar Way industrial estate and the adjoining streets of houses and flats known as Elm Village are in the London Borough of Camden, just north of Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.  The industrial estate and the houses and flats were built in the 1980s.

The businesses on the industrial estate currently employ some 500 people.  Most of these skilled jobs are involved with the production, processing and distribution of food (fish, meat, cereals, groceries and drinks).  There are also other businesses: for example, an industrial laundry and an architectural model-making firm.  The businesses have been present on the estate for many years: some since it was new.  Over the years, the training of staff in product knowledge rather than simply in the production of goods has become more and more important to the businesses’ success.  In the case of Daily Fish, for example, the largest employer on the site, the processing of fish is the fastest-growing segment of the firm’s work.  It is essential to all the businesses on the estate that they retain skilled workers if they are to continue driving productivity and staff retention and engagement.

Meanwhile, London is the largest and most popular dining destination within Europe.  It is a very competitive place for food service providers.

2. Camley Street and the wider area

The purpose of this paper is to point out something about the remarkable combination of enterprises and talents working cheek by jowl in this part of Camden.  Google has major offices down the road at Kings Cross and Saint Pancras.  Facebook intends to move to that quarter soon.  The Francis Crick Centre, newly opened, is one of the world’s leading medical research institutions.  University College London is a top-class university, attracting students from all over the world.  University College London Hospital is a major teaching hospital.  The Wellcome Trust is the world’s largest funder of biomedical research.  Meanwhile, across the canal and the railway line from Camley Street, Central St Martin’s School of Art is a centre of excellence for the training of students in art and design.  In the Kings Cross lands around the School, numerous popular restaurants and shops have sprung up; more will come when the Coal Drop Yards development is finished later this year.

This concentration of knowledge industries, educational and health institutions and food outlets provides a major opportunity for the development of a kind of ‘food quarter’, which would serve those working in those industries, institutions and outlets, and would contribute to the development of their work.  In particular, there are connections between food and high-tech modes of communication, and between food and health.

3. Food and tech

Currently, there is a significant move towards integrating tech and food, in Camden and elsewhere; Deliveroo and Just Eat are examples.  When we look at crowd-funding sources like Crowdcube, we see that in the last year food and drink businesses secured £23 million by this means: almost 20% of all crowd-funding initiatives in that period (The Grocer, 27 January 2018).  This kind of integration of tech and food is one of the opportunities that we envisage for an enlarged Camley Street development (see section 6).

4. Food and health

 Hippocrates, the father of medicine, famously wrote, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’  The close relation between the quality of food and human health is beyond dispute.  Put negatively, many of the developed world’s most troubling conditions and diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, various cancers – are definitively linked to eating the wrong kinds of food too much and too often.  With major health institutions (UCL Hospital, Francis Crick, Wellcome) on the doorstep, all of which communicate clear messages to the local community about healthier eating, it seems obvious that an expanded group of businesses supplying healthier food could be a significant contributor to the effective realisation of those messages.

5. Camden’s Local Plan

Camden’s Local Plan states that the borough is ‘home to 24,000 businesses and over 300,000 jobs.  The success of its economy relies on the wide variety of employment sectors…’  Over 2,900 of these businesses are in the food services sector.  The average number of employees per business in this sector is 17.  So nearly 50,000 people are employed in the sector in Camden.  Food and drink outlets promote social cohesion between those who live and work in the borough, and the importance of the sector should be recognised.

The existing businesses on the industrial estate already do an important job in supplying the needs of local schools, hospitals and restaurants.  The development proposal outlined in the next section offers an opportunity to recognise and expand further the food services sector, and its support and supply chains.

6. The Camley Street development initiative: a partnership with Camden

Camley Street Sustainability Zone and the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum are linked local organisations bringing together the interests of the businesses on the industrial estate and those of residents on the residential estate opposite.  The two organisations have been developing a proposal for the redevelopment of the industrial estate which would maintain the existing businesses in new premises, provide working space for new businesses, and provide hundreds of new homes for local people.  Most of the homes would be for rent: either social housing or ‘genuinely affordable’, meaning that rents would be pegged to a third of the average Camden income.  Some of the homes would be for sale.

Camden Council owns the freehold of the majority of the industrial estate.  The Council has made it clear that it intends in some way to redevelop the site, and the nature of the redevelopment will ultimately be the Council’s decision. Representatives of Camley Street Sustainability Zone are now meeting with officers of the Council to consider and compare the Zone’s and the Forum’s proposals for the development of the industrial estate with those which the Council is considering.  The hope and intention is that there could be some kind of amicable combining of the plans and aspirations of all parties.

7. Plans on the drawing board

Current plans drawn up for the Zone and the Forum by the architects Karakusevic Carson, who have long and successful experience of working with London boroughs on projects of this kind, envisage the expansion of employment opportunities on the estate to about 1,000 jobs.  Many of these could be in the food sector; others, particularly in the smaller workshop spaces which the plans allow for, could be for small businesses in the knowledge, computer, craft and cultural industries.

Modern building techniques and modern environmental awareness mean that there is no incompatibility between ‘basic’ industries such as food and ‘superstructure’ industries such as knowledge and culture.  Meanwhile, Camden has a crying need for more housing which local people on ordinary incomes can afford.  Again, modern building techniques and modern environmental awareness mean that the residents of hundreds of new homes in Camley Street could live happily and peacefully with their neighbours in mixed-use industries.

Camley Street Sustainability Zone and the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum look forward to developing these ideas with Camden Council in the coming months.