ant to help decide the future of the neighbourhood? ‘Course you do. Well Camden Council are giving us all a rare and valuable opportunity to do just that, with the launch this week of the Kentish Town Planning Framework consultation period.
Essentially it’s a big public discussion about the proposals for redeveloping the vast swathe of under-used land running from opposite KT tube across to Gospel Oak, (comprising of the Regis Road industrial estate, and the sprawling windswept yard of local building contractor Murphy).
This debate feels like it has rumbled on for an eternity – here’s how we covered it back in 2015 – but the Council’s latest plans do now offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to radically change NW5, bringing new homes, new jobs and all that good stuff to the area.
This sort of thing does take time, and then there are always many different opinions and pressures to consider; all the more reason to get along to Kentish Town Library in the coming weeks to see what is proposed.
We certainly look forward to greater pedestrian access across this missing chunk of Kentish Town one day, a zone which has the potential – as London’s largest regeneration site after King’s Cross – of similarly dramatically transforming Kentish Town.
Many of the plans feel genuinely exciting, such as the ‘Heath Line’, connecting central KT with Parliament Hill along the mainline tracks, more direct access to Queen’s Crescent market, better use of industrial heritage like railway arches and brand new public open spaces.
There’s a chance to meet the team on Tuesday 20th November from 4-8pm at the Library too, so make sure you are part of the future and go check it all out.