Residents have consistently told us that a lifetime of living next door to major construction sites has had a profound impact on their mental and physical health and wellbeing. From 2017 to 2018 we worked with Voluntary Action Camden, UCL and the Environmental Law Foundation to hold an inquiry and produce a report and action plan on the cumulative impacts of development on the health and wellbeing of local people.
The experiences of approximately 1,200 local people were recorded over three days at sessions chaired by David Hart QC. Jane Holder, Professor of Environmental Law at UCL, and Muki Haklay, Professor of Geographical Information Science at UCL led the team that co-authored the inquiry report and, working with local people, came up with an action plan to try and protect our mental and physical health in the face of more development, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and Camden’s Community Investment Programme (CIP).
The neighbourhood forum would like to see long-term studies of residents’ mental and physical health and wellbeing to better understand local need.
Key documents from the Environmental Justice Inquiry can be accessed following the links below.
Environmental justice action plan
Environmental justice inquiry summary of findings