Kentish Town is getting a new town. Consultation often happens after a plan is put forward, but this is often too late to have any real engagement. We live in the Framework area and wanted to find out what the local community wanted before development began.
Our community said they want the KTDF development to provide green space, blue space, improved access to cultural, play and health facilities and more social rented housing.
KTDF Community Map made by Year 5 and Year 6 Children from Gospel Oak School with artists from Camden Community Makers from 2017-19.
One of our first community engagement events was in September 2017 at Parliament Hill Street Party. This was before the Development Framework was put in place. We followed this up with community mapping workshops with Year 5 and 6 children at Gospel Oak School in 2018 and 2019 and further engagement at our 2018 Street Party. In all we collected more than 213 items recording individual responses and ideas directly from the community that live around the new zoned area. The people that are going to be most affected by the development. Our data doesn’t just come from surface questionnaires, it is rich and diverse and comes from real and meaningful engagement – it includes annotated watercolour images, line drawings, textile crafts, a large felt map, felted icons and written comments.