We aim to make Highgate and its neighbourhood a better place in which to live and work;
to ensure that any changes made in the environment enhance the amenity of the area:
to encourage sound planning and to improve public transport.


“People on the Hill”

The play, by Brendan Nolan,  will be performed at The Gatehouse on Saturday 6th Feb (@ 7.30pm) and Sunday 7th Feb (@ 4.00pm).

Please note the days in the November Newsletter were incorrect, although the dates were right!


We all breathed a sigh of relief when in June the Planning Inspector’s Decision was in favour of the Athlone House Working Group to support the restoration of the House to the letter.  However, it was not unexpected when Athlone House Ltd (AHL) challenged that decision. Barrister, David Altaras, was again duly appointed, having successfully represented us in the past two Appeals. The Case came before a Judge on 20 October 2015.  

The judge, Justice Ian Dove, threw the Appeal out, we are pleased to report, and hopefully this brings this drawn out saga to a conclusion. He insisted that demolition would not enable restoration of the building to its former historic use as a dwelling.  Michael Hammerson, vice president of the Highgate Society and co-ordinator of Athlone House Working Group, said: 
“This is a historic moment and the culmination of the justification of the community’s 17 year fight.”


Haringey are casting a spotlight on our lampposts and will be doing a mass refurbishment of old cast iron street lamps and replacement of the concrete ones between October and January 2016. Click on the Newsletter link (on the righthand side of the Home Page) to see the streets and dates!

Athlone House Saved Again

The Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal by the developers who wanted to knock down and rebuild Athlone House. The intense detailed professional hard work by the Athlone House Working group - a joint campaign of the Highgate Society, the Highgate Conservation Area Advisory Committee and the Heath and Hampstead society - paid off in a landmark appeal decision with national implications for the integrity of undesignated heritage assets and Section 106 Agreements, the Inspector making it quite clear that the developer must abide by their signed agreement to restore the house in return for a lucrative planning permission from which they have already profited.

The significance of this decision for civic and amenity groups throughout the UK is immense. Highgate Society President Stephen Panke is delighted and proud of the Highgate Society members, and their colleagues across Hampstead Heath, who fought for 18 years to save this much-loved historic mansion from destruction.

Terry Gilliam “Its fantastic news that the Planning Inspector has dismissed the appeal to demolish this wonderful historic house on the fringes of Hampstead Heath. I was appalled that the owner tried to wriggle out of his legal obligation to restore the building which is why I became involved. My congratulations to the Highgate Society and the Heath and Hampstead Society who have fought so hard to save Athlone House!”

We now call on the developers to meet us to discuss a meaningful restoration programme at the earliest possible opportunity. We also call on Camden to take urgent steps to enforce the Section 196 Agreement, which we have been pressing them to do for seven years.

Read the full decision.

Read The Guardian On-line article.

Read Building Design On-line article.

Highgate Watercolour Group look forward to the Fair in the Square

Colourful new bunting has been made, the postcards are painted and the planning has taken place at 10A and in the comfort of the café in the square - and not necessarily in that order. So the members of the Highgate Watercolour Group are nearly ready for the Fair in the Square. We’ve certainly been getting around town recently so we have lots of art work ready to show for it.

Earlier in the year we learned that we may not be able to show our work as normal at Lauderdale House so have been spurred on to look for more venues - which we’ve done - and it seemed to have prompted us to get out more generally! HWG are grateful to Steve Day (estate agents), Hill Homes (at Trees) and, of course, the Highgate Institute for letting us show our work . So we’ve lots to bring to the Fair as well. Much of the effort by our members has gone into producing cards - they are always popular - original pocket sized hand made art for just a pound or two to buy. But we also carry mounted images ready to frame. There are a range of topics - landscapes, seascapes, people and places, all easy on the eye and very affordable. We really hope you’ll visit our stall (new bunting included) and look forward to seeing you at the Fair……

Please see http://highgatewatercolour.org.uk/

Friends of Highgate Bowl launch website

The Friends of the Highgate Bowl, the charity set up to buy land in the historic Highgate Bowl to preserve it as open land, has launched its own website at www.highgatebowl.org. Ideas for the future of this special area are in active development. Read more on the bowl website.

The Highgate Bowl - an irreplaceable resource

Developers’ attempts to build houses on the old garden centre site have been refused by the Planning Inspector because of the harm it would cause to the Conservation area. This is a great victory for Highgate residents and groups which had campaigned to keep the historic agricultural land as open space. The newly formed Friends of the Highgate Bowl, supported by the Neighbourhood Forum and the Highgate Society is now setting up a charity to try to buy the land to keep it open and provide some public access.

The Planning Inspector refused the developers’ appeal against Haringey’s refusal of their application. She said in her judgement “the proposal would seriously erode the significance of this part of the Bowl as a historic area once used for pasture and historically important backland, and thus its important heritage value as a setting for the village. The locality has changed over time and will continue to do so. However as heritage assets are an irreplaceable resource, great weight should be given to their conservation.”

Be part of it!

The Highgate Society is a voluntary organisation of 1,400 members living in and around Highgate, London N6. Our primary aim is to make Highgate a better place in which to live and work.To achieve this we mount a wide variety of activities for members, (while being wide open to ideas for further new activities) as you can see from the panel on the left of screen. Prominent among these, under the heading of ‘Environment', is our dedication to principles of sound planning, for the protection and enhancement of the public amenities that we all enjoy.

Join us for coffee every Saturday between 10.30am and 12:30pm at 10a South Grove. Come and meet other members or talk to the Environment Committee if you would like some planning advice, or have a planning or environmental problem.



You can make a difference

We would like to welcome you to The Highgate Society and if you live in and around Highgate there will be something for you to know about, take part in or simply to enjoy. Please do join us, It is all quite easy.

The Society was started 40 years ago and we aim to keep Highgate a wonderful place to live and work. With three boroughs adjoining us, everyone’s opinion counts and we’d love to have yours. The more members we have, the stronger we are together to lobby for Highgate and keep our area special.

We have plenty of activities and groups to join, but if you are pressed for time you can be just a member, read Buzz and perhaps enjoy our Summer Festival Fair in the Square or Carols in December.

An individual membership costs just £15 a year, or £21 for a whole family. Our premises at 10a South Grove are available to hire for your parties, meetings and events. Coffee and biscuits are served every Saturday morning between 10.30 and 12.30 and all are welcome.

Buzz is The Society’s magazine and is produced four times during the year and you could have a copy of your own by joining.

Let us know if you want to join us. We’d be happy to talk to you about what we do, or feel free to pop into 10a any Saturday to meet the team.

Membership Team - Jan Morgan 0208 340 9490.

This page was last modified on 01/12/2015 at 10:51.

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