Haringey Local Planning Authority approves Construction Management Plan that advocates heavy lorries and skips on the Parkland Walk
Despite 335 objections Haringey Local Planning Authority has approved the CMP for 3 Francis Place. The Friends are considering its response to this decision. In the meantime the owner still has a number of hurdles to jump. There will need to be agreements over access with the transportation department and details such as the piping of concrete are yet to be agreed. The owner will also seek to secure a licence from the land owner to access the plot over the Parkland Walk. The landowner is Haringey Council under the administration of the Parks Department. This part of the process is conducted under private law and is completely separate from planning law.
The situation is comparable to a scenario where your next door neighbour gets planning approval for works on their property and then negotiates with you to drive plant and lorries through your garden. You are under no legal obligation to allow them access over your land regardless of any planning permission they have. That should in itself be enough. In this case there are also 13 covenants in the deeds that reinforce the private rights of the landowner.
The property owner may seek to muddle the two processes by arguing that it would be perverse for the council to prevent the development after it has given approval, but the LPA and Haringay Council as landowner are entirely distinct from each other and landowner rights still apply.
Our petition, which calls on Haringey Council to uphold the covenants and reject the use of the Parkland Walk, has reached 2,197 and we believe this mandate makes it clear that, on no account should the Council, waive any of the covenants or its rights as landowner and guardian of a public asset.
...points out inconsistencies and refers to the fact that implementation of the CMP is dependent on access being approved by Haringey Council Parks and also makes references to the fact that the applicant has indicated that the project could be carried out using wheel barrows. Even that would require a licence to waiver a covenant that prevents the removal of soil and clay.
It's very difficult when you read the Planning Officer's report, to understand how this got through given the scale and detail of the objections, but it is not the end of the story and we do believe that the response from the Parks Department...
... suggests they intend to resist vigorously.
What can you do?
At this stage, writing to the press expressing your views, and copying those views in to the Leader of the Council Claire Kober, will help ensure that those involved with this in the Council are in no doubt about the strength of public feeling.
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A good turnout and 24 members providing proxy votes, meant that we were easily quorate for our meeting. All items on the agenda were passed unanimously.
As of January 2017, membership of the Friends will be through an annual subscription of £5 a year (or £20 for 5 years). A new committee was elected as follows:
Simon Olley, Chair (re-elected)
David Warren, Vice chair (newly-elected)
Chris Mason, Secretary (re-elected)
Cathy Meeus, Treasurer (re-elected)
David Charie (re-elected)
Michael Radford (re-elected)
Elizabeth Sutton-Klein (re-elected)
Emma Walmsley (newly-elected)
Illustrated talk by Professor Kate Jones
Using a variety of techniques, but notably tracking devices and camera and sound traps, scientists around the world are collecting staggeringly large amounts of data on animal behaviour and movements. We are talking 'Petabytes per second'. So much data in fact, that Kate found herself talking with NASA about how to process it effectively. Once gathered and processed all these findings help inform ecological decision making and assist in the protection of declining species.
Much of the material Kate showed us was taken from projects conducted by her students at UCL. The work extends from very small locations to global migration routes, but to solve problems of species decline you have to take in the bigger picture.
You don't have to be a post-grad student to help in the kind of research Kate was describing, and you don't have to go any further than the Parkland Walk to start making a difference. Many findings are increasingly processed by the public (citizen scientists). Sometimes it involves linking your computing power overnight to global networks or, and this is where it gets interesting, by using a myriad of free apps on mobile phones when you're out and about. Next time you're browsing the app store, see what you can find. There are apps for recording bats, ladybirds, dragonflies and more. ChirpOMatic will record and identify birdsong. Leafsnap UK will help you identify trees. Also Instant Wild, Echometer and Ashtag and not forgetting http://www.ispotnature.org.
We were delighted to discover that using a 'camera trap', Kate has found the presence of hedgehogs in her own garden in Muswell Hill. We're now talking with Kate about how we can use readily available and affordable technology on the Parkland Walk, and how we can then present findings and video on our website. Some of the methods might require us to need local wifi access. So if your house backs on to the Walk and you would like to be a part of this really exciting research project, please let us know.
Kate is Chair of Ecology and Biodiversity, Genetics, Evolution & Environment, Div of Biosciences at University College of London.
Friends to receive £10,000 grant from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative to develop a nature Trail on the Walk
You can read more on the project on our Nature Trail page
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