Major triumph!  Murphy’s Planning application withdrawn thanks to massive local ​opposition – including from IARA and members. + Other news

Those of you who haven’t already heard will be pleased to know that in the light of the massive opposition to their planning application for the area between Highgate Road and the railway lines, ​Murphy’s have withdrawn their planning application.  The hope is that now they will work with local community organisations to design something that is of positive value to the area.  This is what they have said to us:

“Having reviewed all consultee responses in great detail, Folgate Estates feels the best way to address concerns raised is to withdraw our planning application. This will allow us to undertake further consultation and make revisions to our plans.

We remain committed to redeveloping Murphy’s Yard, bringing the whole site back into active use and opening it up to the public for the first time.

We remain firm in our belief that Murphy’s Yard represents the best opportunity and location to help address the pressing needs of the Kentish Town, Gospel Oak and wider communities in terms of affordable housing and new homes, workspace and employment opportunities, new community spaces, local health facilities and important infrastructure links.

We are part of a family company that has a 60-year history of stewardship of this site and have the local connections, knowledge and commitment to reimagine this place in the interests of the community. We will continue to work with other landowners and stakeholders, officers and councillors.

We would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in our proposals during the past three years of public consultation and especially those who declared their support for our regeneration of Murphy’s Yard. We know you all want to maximise public benefits through regeneration and will consider the full range of feedback as we review the masterplan.”

For anyone – maybe new to the area – who doesn’t know the back story as per IARA ​objection:

 Inkerman Area Residents Association Ltd IARA’s objection to the Planning Application for Murphy’s Yard (

Queens Jubilee Weekend IARA event and a triumphant cake baking competition. 5th June. 2-4 pm  👑
Dilip and friends are organising an event to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.  It will be held on the top part of Inkerman Road – the cul de sac. Starting to set up around 1pm . Clear up by 5pm. They have spoken to most of the residents on this part of the street who are agreeable. Cars will be cleared for us. Come join in! Help put the bunting up. Bake​ a cake and help with the sugar rush. Bring your crayons. Tables and chairs and set up. Please email Dilip for more information at, and/or if you would like to join the What’s app group (Queens Jubilee 05/06) he’ll need your name when you do that