Welcome to the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum – everyone who lives or works here is automatically a member and we want as many people as possible to join in our activities, as we try to shape Highgate’s future.
Back in January 2012, amenity groups, residents’ organisations and individuals in Highgate, supported by all our Councillors, decided to set up a Forum to make full use of the provisions of the Localism Act.
Later that year, in May, 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.
Finding out about Highgate
We began by asking people what they thought about our neighbourhood. Check out the Your Views page to find out what Highgate people told us they liked and didn’t like about our area and the Placecheck page to see what we found as we looked at Highgate with fresh eyes. Our Evidence pages give an idea of the other data we have gathered.
Making a Plan
Thereafter, our Plan groups analysed and developed the ideas that came in and formulated a Neighbourhood Plan. This includes the planning policies envisaged by the Localism legislation but also takes a much more holistic view of the future of our neighbourhood.
The Highgate Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Camden and Haringey Councils in July 2016 and they appointed an Independent Examiner to check it conformed to national, London and Borough plans. You can read the Examiner’s Report here. The Plan will be put to a referendum of local voters during Summer 2017. If it passes, it will become part of the Local Authorities’ Local Plans and govern planning decisions in Highgate.
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.