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A Community-Led Creative Camden

We are an artist and local-led community housing initiative looking to provide housing and facilities for the Kentish Town Development Framework.

The following sections explain the approach of Camden Community Makers which is based on being local residents who live in social housing, and the findings of our community engagement.

Our understanding of community led housing is based on the definition provided by GLA that:

“Meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the development process. Communities take a long-term formal role in the ownership, stewardship, or management of their homes. The benefits of the scheme to the local area and/or specified community group are clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity.”

We believe that people who live in social housing are a vital but undervalued sector of the city and there needs to be greater awareness of the labour and social and cultural capital they provide. The design of the home is the building block and is not the end but the beginning – from which we aim to design and deliver wider community facilities people that live in social housing. Homes need to be included in the design and delivery of these communities from the outset. Diversity is meaningless without meaningful and long term practices of inclusion. Housing design and delivery is an opportunity to provide meaningful and ongoing education and training to communities. Social homes mean social rent and not for sale (established via a right to collectively buy but protected to ensure there is no right to sell).

CCM acknowledge and plans for climate change. Our aim is to Include the communities being impacted by development in the discussion from the outset.

We work with and for people in housing need – this includes those who contribute to our community but are unable to establish their own home because of high market rents.



Building homes homes, art, education, health and other community facilities that


  • Acknowledge the multiple roles participants can play in the process.Including a Gentrification Policy to mitigate against the use by developers of artists as temporary pop- ups to increase value of private homes for sale.
  • Are environmentally sustainable and climate change ready (including heat pumps and passive housing).
  • Acknowledge Camden’s Social Housing Heritage which is Low rise and High density, modular, and theorises the relationship between the public and private realm and contains a strong idea of community.
  • Offer flexibility within homes to adjust to changes and between homes to allow for people to stay in the same homes during their lifetimes as they have children, children grow up, and they retire. 
  • Offer flexibility and innovative solutions to managing the live/work relationship
  • Supporting peer to peer networks and platforms
  • Tenant representation in Housing Management
  • Coherent policies and procedures that are regularly updated in order to maintain transparency of process and accountability.
  • EDI, Equalities Act, Care Act, Climate Change, Social Value Act compliant.
  • Registered Social Landlords.

Camden has a strong heritage of high density low rise housing that has now achieved iconic status. Much of the impetus for this movement came from Sidney Cook who was the boroughs chief architect.

  ‘In an era sharply divided by wealth, [Sidney] Cook sought to fulfil the post war Labour idea of well-managed council housing available to the ‘doctor, the grocer, the butcher and the farm labourer’.

‘The social housing they built during this period has become some of the most iconic 20th century housing in the world’.

Below are just some of the amazing low rise high density architecture you can find in Camden today.

Highgate New Town (1972-9) Peter Tabori

Winscombe street (1962-5) Neave Brown (All of Brown’s work is now listed)

Alexandra Road (1967-79) Neave Brown

Dunboyne Road (1971-77) Neave Brown

Haddo House (1965-72) Robert Bailie

Mansfield Road (1974-80) Benson and Forsyth

Lamble Street (1974-80) Benson and Forsyth

Waxham & Ludham (1974-79) Frederick McManus

Barrington Court (1952-54) Powell & Moya

Wood Field (1947-49) Farquharson & McMorran

Isokon Flats 1933-34 (Wells Coates)


References Camden: A Tour of Modern Housing organised by Aidan Hall and Rosalind Peebles from the Architecture Foundation