General Policies of the Society

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

Data Protection: to see the data we hold on you, what we use if for and how we process it, see here 

Planning:  In commenting on planning applications we generally attempt to ensure that Camden Council abides by the policies set out in the latest national, London and Borough plans and its own latest policies and guidance which can be found here  and in the Belsize Conservation area statement, available here.

Haverstock Hill – credit: Luke Collins

Basements: The Belsize Society consistently opposes basements that extend beyond the footprint of the existing building or are deeper than one storey. BelSoc is a member of Combined Residents Association Advisory Committee (CRAAC) a federation of Residents’ Associations campaigning to strengthen Camden Council’s policy formulation and implementation in this area.

Locally listed buildings: The BelSoc 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 BelSoc, 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 BelSoc supports Camden Council’s ban on Estate Agents boards in the Belsize and Hampstead conservation areas and notes that in 2019, it launched a consultation on banning these boards in the entire borough.  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 Society 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.

Streets and Transport: The BelSoc works  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.

Hustings Policy: The Belsize Society aims to hold a hustings for local elections to Camden Council. For our hustings policy, see here

Constitution: Our constitution can be found here