Finsbury Park is set to be included in the “Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Plan”, a decision supported by the Friends of Finsbury Park Management Committee.

Ricky Thakrar, Co-Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group (the members are all local residents and workers) attended our Management Committee on Monday, 6 March. We had a positive and useful discussion.

If approved, the Neighbourhood Plan (backed by the Localism Act 2011) would form part of planning policy, tackling issues such as:

  • The historic and natural environment
  • The scale, location, and height of new development
  • Affordable housing
  • Retail, leisure and community facilities
  • Transport and connectivity

The final boundary for the “Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Area” is still being refined. The committee felt strongly that the whole of the Park should be included within the Neighbourhood Area. The Park is managed as a whole, and planning policies should be applied consistently across the entire area. Being designated in a Neighbourhood Plan could also offer an extra layer of protection to the Park - above and beyond the planning designation of Metropolitan Open Land that the Park benefits from. Two of our Management Committee members are actively involved in the preparation of the Plan.

At the committee meeting, the representatives also asked whether the Friends would wish to be an Affiliated Organisation and would be prepared to write a letter of support to accompany the application to the three local councils. We felt positive about this but, of course, would wish to hear your views.

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For more information about the Finsbury Park and Stroud Green Neighbourhood Plan, please visit the website:, where there are notes of past meetings and agendas for future ones - or email

The Working Group don't have a forward programme of meeting dates at the moment, as there will be several months whilst the Local Planning Authorities consider their applications. They will be seeking views on their draft Boundary Study imminently, and there will be a formal consultation managed by the three Local Planning Authorities towards the end of the year.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all by sending an email to me at

With good wishes

Simon Hunt

Chair of the Friends of Finsbury Park