The Neighbourhood Plan

What we hope is the final draft of the neighbourhood plan is now available for distribution.

The Camley Street Neighbourhood Development Plan

If you live or work within the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area you will soon be recieving a leaflet informing you about this but please take the opportunity to read through it now.

Building homes and jobs in Camley Street

As part of our work on the Camley Street neighbourhood plan we have been talking to architects, planners, designers and others about how the future development of our neighbourhood can be shaped by the people who actually live and work here rather than outside property developers buying up the land and then presenting us with their vision for it’s future. As a result of a lot of discussions, meetings and simple hard graft we’ve grown the idea of creating a non-profit community led property development company from the germ of an idea into something that’s now attracting serious interest.

Those of you that have attended past events and meetings will have seen the outline of these ideas about how to provide truly affordable housing and seen how they have grown over the past couple of years into something that’s now mature enough to present to the world. A few weeks ago we made the decision to invite the Camden New Journal to meet with us and they published their report under the headline “Housing move that leaves out profit-hungry developers”

Camely Street Annual Wassailing Party

This year or annual wassailing party to ‘wake up’ the trees and plants in time for spring is on Friday February 10th and all Camley Street neighbours are invited so do come along. There will be live music, a tombola, tours of the orchard, children’s activities, a bonfire, and of course food and drink.

Actually wassailing around the apple trees to wake up them up is very enjoyable but fortunately not mandatory so if you just want to come and enjoy the vibe, meet a few neighbours (more each year), and generally have a fun few hours then do drop in, it’s a very relaxed and fun event, neighbours of all ages and vintages welcome.

Evidence base for our Neighbourhood Plan

During late 2015 and early 2016 we conducted a very comprehensive survey of our neighbourhood and the analysis of the survey results is in the collection of documents listed below. Alternatively you can download them all as a compressed folder: Complete evidence base.

We’re now in the final stages of trying to condense all of this into a set of planning policies that will be our Neighbourhood Plan and a concise ‘one page of A4’ summary of what it all means and hope to have a publishable draft within the next few weeks.

Resident Questionnaire for our Neighbourhood Plan

Over the next couple of days you should receive a leaflet and a survey questionnaire from us and we hope you can find the time to fill it in and return it as the answers you give are going to be very important in determining how Camley Street is redeveloped over the next few years.

If you’d prefer to do the survey online rather than on paper then you’ll find an interactive copy here

If you have any questions then email us at: info at or meet us on Sunday 6th September – we’ll on Barker Drive just opposite the Garden Centre – with spare leaflets and brollies if it’s raining!

Our Autumn Harvest Festival on 25 September

Our Camley Street Autumn Harvest Party is on Friday 25 September from 6-9pm and as well as gathering around a blazing autumn bonfire with other neighbours there will be a Grape Harvest, live music and free food.

Camley Street Harvest Party

Your Invitation

Most of the apples and pears in the food will be from the fruit trees that have been planted in Camley Street over the past few year so the ‘food miles’ for the evening will be really low – zero in a lot of cases.

Most of the apples and pears in the food will be from the fruit trees that have been planted in Camley Street over the past few year so the ‘food miles’ for the evening will be really low – zero in a lot of cases.

The party is being hosted by Alara Wholefoods and if you RSVP ahead of the day they will have a goody bag of treats for you when you arrive.

We hope to see you there.

Annual General Meeting is on 16 June

Our 2015 annual general meeting will be on Tuesday 16 June at the Camley Street Natural Park starting at 6pm with drinks and nibbles. We’d really like to hear about your ideas for the future of the area and what should and should not be in our Neighbourhood Plan – things you’d like to see improved and changed; how you’d like to see the area improved; changes to the footpaths, cycleways and roads; what you’d like to see built, and not built!

It’s increasingly obvious that the whole of Camley Street will be completely redeveloped in the near future, just look at the number of new buildings being erected the other side of the railway lines.  Plus work will soon start on more high rise buildings at 102 and 103 Camley Street, Agar Grove and Maiden Lane – it’s going to get busy.

We’re hoping to have a scale model of the area around Camley Street at the AGM that will show what it will look like what all of the currently approved planning applications are built.  I’ve seen an early version of it and it’s startlingly different from what this neighbourhood looks like now.

That’s why it’s so important that we create our own plan for the Camley Street Neighbourhood so do come along to find out what’s happening, what’s already been done and pitch in your own ideas.



Our Neighbourhood Plan

Masters Students at the internationally recognised Bartlet School of Planning at UCL have been researching what might be the basis of our neighbourhood plan and have produced three reports on the Camley Street area covering:

A lot of very useful information and full of great ideas.

Many thanks to the students: Sarah Birt, Gemma Bassett, Paul Bröker, Sinéad Joyce, Dylan Kerai, Krystyna Williams, Xiao Gu, Rossana Guevara, Maria Kouridou, Yuedi Liu, Dijun Wu, Yaoting Yang, Kimberley Brown, Kate Nottidge, Tiffany Mallen, Lydia Meeson, Thomas Ryan and Nina Miles AND to their tutors Pablo Sendra and, especially, Dr Elena Besussi.