PUBLICLY OWNED GREEN SPACE ON COUNCIL-OWNED ESATE IN CHILD’S HILL UNDER THREAT FROM DEVELOPER’S PLAN TO BUILD 132 PRIVATE HOUSES ON IT!
The Granville Estate in Childs Hill (a 60s garden-style housing estate on a couple of acres – more than 9000sq m – of green space) is under threat from a developer’s plan to build 132 new homes on its grounds, and use much of the current public green space for private gardens for these houses, none of which are earmarked for social housing. Thanks to energetic campaigning by local residents (with an unprecedented 500-strong petition against the proposal) and the efforts of local councillors, the developers’ application was refused by Barnet’s planning committee nearly a year ago (March 2015) but the developers have now appealed. As a result, a public inquiry is to be held 28th June.
Barnet Council’s planning committee turned the application down (against their officers’ recommendation in favour) because a) it provides no social housing at a time when this is desperately needed for less well-off working people in London and b) it takes away more than 60 per cent of the publicly owned green space to provide private gardens for expensive houses, while the existing social housing tenants (and local Childs Hill residents) lose almost all of the green space close to their homes.
Two local residents groups, GERA (representing the estate) and CLAN, (representing the surrounding roads in Childs Hill), are fighting the developers’ appeal in the hope of gaining a better outcome both for the existing Granville Estate residents and the wider community of Childs Hill.
To mount a successful objection to the forthcoming appeal, they need both legal help and the support of everyone who wants to see inappropriate commercial development of this kind halted. With this intention, they will be campaigning to raise funds on Crowd Justice (www.crowdjustice.co.uk) from Monday, February 22nd.
If you feel strongly that publicly owned green space should remain in the public realm (rather than being given away for commercial profit) make people aware of the campaign and help support the David of local needs over the Goliath of profiteering property development.
For more information or to help with the campaign: