Under the Localism Act, communities are encouraged to set themselves up as neighbourhood forums. Amenity groups, residents’ organisations and individuals in Highgate, supported by all our Councillors, came together and decided to set up the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, covering broadly the N6 postcode area.
We’re on our way!
In late May 2012, our Inaugural AGM adopted our Constitution and elected our first Committee. On 17 and 18 December, 2012, respectively, Camden and Haringey Councils approved our applications to be a Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum.
Since then, we have engaged in further consultation, culminating in two Community Planning Workshops, facilitated for us by the Prince’s Foundation. Meanwhile, our Plan groups have been analysing and developing the ideas that have come in with the help of CABE at the Design Council – see what they have come up with so far at Neighbourhood Plan.
The Localism Act gives us the power to turn our vision for Highgate into a Neighbourhood Plan which will have real impact on how our area is developed. But we intend to look more widely than planning issues and take a more holistic view of the future of our neighbourhood.
Everyone who lives or works in Highgate is automatically a member of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum.
It has already caught the imagination of all sorts of people across the community. We hope you will join us as we begin our journey as a fledgling Neighbourhood Forum. Contact us and join in the creative fun over the next few months as we look at our area with fresh, curious eyes and discuss how we can enhance its future. It will be hard work to turn our dreams into practical reality, but the more of us there are, the more we can do.
This site is a point of information, consultation and a resource for all who are or want to be involved. Explore the site and come back to see how ideas are developing. Please contact us if you live or work in Highgate and would like to be an active part of the Forum or want to know more.