General Policies of the Association

Political Status: The Belsize Residents Association is a non-political body. Our policy statement on our non-political status can be seen here.

Planning: The Belsize Residents Association’s detailed responses to Camden Council’s Local Development Framework proposals in 2010 had a good deal of influence on the final shape of the document. In commenting on planning applications we generally attempt to ensure that Camden Council abides by the policies set out in that Framework, which can be found here  and in the Belsize Conservation area statement, available here.

Neighbourhood Forum and Local Development Plan: The BRA will strongly support moves in Belsize to set up a local development forum and create a local development plan as provided for under the Localism Act 2011.

Basements: The Belsize Residents Association has consistently opposed basements that extend beyond the footprint of the existing building or are deeper than one storey. The BRA is a member of CRAAC, a federation of Residents’ Associations campaigning to strengthen Camden Council’s policy formulation and implementation in this area.

Locally listed buildings: The BRA supports Camden Council’s local list of buildings, street features and landscapes that make a valuable contribution to the local area and are entitled to special protection within the planning process. Following its successful campaign to prevent the demolition of architecturally important buildings at 2c and 2d Belsize Park Gardens the BRA, alongside other local associations, lobbied Camden Council to create the list and nominated a number of local buildings for inclusion. More information is available here.

Estate Agent Boards: The BRA supports Camden Council’s ban on Estate Agents boards in the Belsize and Hampstead conservation areas. If you wish to report a board in these areas, contact planning@camden.gov.uk or Gary Bakall (020 7974 5618) at Camden Council, giving the exact address of the property affected and the name and telephone number of the agent as it appears on the board. Boards should normally be removed within two weeks of notifying the council. A fuller explanation of these rules and details of the roads covered by the ban, is available here.

Trees: The BRA works to maintain the benefits Belsize gains from many mature trees in our streets and private gardens. In Conservation Areas, any severe pruning or felling of a tree requires permission from Camden Council. This also applies to trees with preservation orders (TPOs). We encourage members to be aware of the condition of trees in their neighbourhood and anyone who is concerned about a particular tree or trees can contact Camden Council’s Tree teams. Contact details can be found here.The BRA reviews all tree applications and our response is reported to the monthly BRA Committee meetings and noted in the Committee Minutes.

High Speed 2: The BRA is very concerned about the likely impact of construction work for the High Speed 2 railway line which will run across the southern part of Belsize. The BRA has submitted a Petition to Parliament, see here , seeking mitigation of the effects of HS2 construction works on Belsize and expressing ecological and heritage concerns. A Petition is a formal document drafted in a special form. It is a request to be heard by a Parliamentary Select Committee on issues set out in the Petition. For more recent information,
see Current Issues here.

Streets and Transport: The BRA aims aim to strike an appropriate balance between the needs of walkers, cyclists, drivers and public transport users and to seek the best solutions for Belsize residents. We raise issues of concern with Camden Council and aim to respond to all consultations undertaken by the council on issues likely to be of concern to members. These may include issues such as licensing policy, gambling policy etc. Responses are formulated by the committee having regard to any comments they may receive from members. Current council consultations are listed here.

Constitution: Our constitution can be found here.