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The Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is fundamental to the Society’s over-arching aims and aspirations, protecting the historic environment of the Highgate area while promoting and maintaining its community assets and amenities.

Aims:  The Planning Committee is dedicated to working with residents, businesses and planners towards maintaining Highgate as an enjoyable place to live and work, while protecting the special and unique qualities of its historic and leafy setting. The committee members bring a wide range of background skills to the group, from architecture and heritage to archaeology and tree preservation, but all are keen to safeguard the amenities and character of the Highgate neighbourhood.

What we do:  The Committee meets every month to discuss and analyse recent planning applications and manage responses or guidance as necessary. Many of these are smaller, householder applications for a single property, but wider issues such as the Archway Gyratory or Athlone House, are also discussed. The Committee has participated in or led a number of high profile campaigns at local, regional and national levels, including responding to Government Bills such as the recent Housing and Planning Bill.

Our Planning Committee runs a weekly drop-in surgery on Saturday mornings at the Society’s HQ at 10A South Grove (if possible, please check with us in advance to ensure someone will be there) at which we offer informal advice to members on town planning, development, conservation, transport, open space and trees, and help those who want to write their own objections to proposals which may affect them. We are also happy to talk to developers, or their advisers, who are proposing development in the area, where we believe our local knowledge can be invaluable at the pre-application stage in helping to reach solutions which will be less likely to generate opposition.

10:45-12:00 EVERY SATURDAY

Interested in planning affairs which affect the wider London area? The London Forum is the umbrella group for amenity societies such as the Highgate Society.