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Hampstead Garden Suburb planning recognised for its worldwide significance

10 February 2014

certificatePresident of the Royal Town Planning Institute Cath Ranson awarded Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust a certificate last week (Wednesday 5 February) to highlight the success of Hampstead Garden Suburb, and to mark its historical importance to worldwide planning. Internationally recognised as one of finest examples of early twentieth century domestic town planning and architecture, Hampstead Garden Suburb has proven to be an inspiration to the Garden City movement which has been influential across the world.

Pictured (left to right): Jane Blackburn (Trust manager), Cath Ranson (RTPI President), Pippa Aitken (RTPI representative in HGST) and Dr Mervyn Miller.

Awarding the certificate, part of the Institute’s centenary year, Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said: “Hampstead Garden Suburb is internationally recognised as one of the finest examples of early twentieth century town planning, incorporating many elements of planning that today we take for granted – the importance of neighbourhood and community, the environment, and good design. I am delighted that the Royal Town Planning Institute is recognising its importance with the award of the Mature Planned Communities certificate to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.”

Cath Ranson and members of the London branch of the RTPI were given an expert tour of Hampstead Garden Suburb, led by architectural advisor to Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust David Davidson, RTPI appointee to Trust Council Pippa Aitken, and the Trust Life President Dr Mervyn Miller, who is also a member of the Institute. Other guests were residents Judith Chaney (as the co-ordinator of the Suburb Character Appraisal) and Jonathan Seres (of the Residents Association) and Garden Suburb ward Councillors John Marshall and Andrew Harper. Local resident and RTPI member Lester Hillman suggested and co-ordinated the visit.

Having accompanied the group on their walking tour, Trust Manager Jane Blackburn said: “We are delighted to have the work of the Trust, Barnet Council and residents, and the significance of the Suburb formally recognised and celebrated by the RTPI. Showing the Suburb’s unique architecture and landscape to the newly appointed president continues a long-standing tradition of RTPI visits to the area. The Trust is proud of its historic and professional links with Institute, with an appointed representative sitting on the Trust Council, directly contributing to the conservation and evolution of the area.”

Hampstead Garden Suburb is located in North West London, England, approximately 7 miles from the centre of London. Founded in 1907 by Dame Henrietta Barnett, it is internationally recognised as one of the finest examples of early twentieth century domestic architecture and town planning, and home to approximately 13,000 people.

With 23,000 members worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built and natural environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

The master plan for Hampstead Garden Suburb was prepared by Barry Parker and Sir Raymond Unwin. Unwin was President of the RTPI in 1915-16.