The Camden New Journal published the below letter from me, Cllr Maria Higson, and Cllr Stephen Stark urging people to vote in today’s referendum on Hampstead’s Neighbourhood Plan. You have until 10pm to vote!

Hampstead residents vote today in a referendum on a new neighbourhood plan.

It has taken over five years of volunteers’ painstaking work to get to this point. As Hampstead village residents ourselves, as well as councillors, we would like to say thank you to everyone involved in developing, writing, promoting and campaigning for the plan.

It would be impossible to name all the people that deserve credit for the plan, but our particular thanks go to Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum’s indomitable chair Janine Griffis, who has been a stalwart in leading the effort and getting the community’s support behind it.

If approved, the neighbourhood plan, written by local residents through the forum, will help to protect Hamp­stead’s character, heritage, and green spaces for years to come.

It will strengthen all of our hands as local residents when objecting to harmful developments, and make Camden Council more responsible for delivering what Hampstead residents want and our community needs.

The area covered by the forum can be seen at www.hampsteadforum.org/area. If you live in the area, you can vote from 7am to 10pm today at Burgh House (this is regardless of where you usually vote).

We’ve all voted Yes, and encourage everyone else in Hampstead to do so today.

For more about my campaign to oppose over-development, click here.