The planning application for the regeneration of Barnard Park has been ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government. A public inquiry is being scheduled to determine the matter, taking the decision out of local control.
We are urgently asking you to again comment online by the deadline Thursday, 13 October, 2017 to give your support to a versatile community park for all user groups.
The call in is very unusual. Only 5 out of 2000 applications have been called in this year. This step is normally taken in matters of national importance such as a runway at Heathrow. The Secretary of State will make the final decision. This local application has been derailed by powerful football interests pushing for a destination sports ground.
We think there is a strong legal case for the application as does Islington Council. The planning inspectorate will now look at the matter afresh, potentially setting aside years of costly local consultation. Hence, the need to comment YET AGAIN in support of the proposal.
Why do the Friends of Barnard Park support the application?
The proposal is a good compromise for everyone. It will provide:
* A modern 7-a-side astroturf pitch. It will be smaller than the little used gravel pitch but used much more. We will fight for as much free play time as possible for local children. A modern 11 a-side pitch as promoted by the football lobby is more likely to be used as a “destination pitch” by football leagues from the City.
* A flexible central grass space. It can be used for formal and informal sport, children’s games, events and other recreational activities. Two five-a-side pitches can be marked out on the grass. There is the possibility of a fence to make the circular area dog free.
* A new layout. It opens sightlines to discourage anti-social behaviour. There will be all-weather paths for running, exercising and walking through the park, meaning better connectivity and more suitable for the less mobile. It will be a lovely landscape to enjoy, and which promotes biodiversity.
What Can I Do?
Please act by supporting the application with a positive comment directly on the Planning Inspectorate website. https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk All comments must quote the reference APP/V5570/V/17/3183311 It will take less than 10 mins.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can send THREE copies to: Leanne Palmer, The Planning Inspectorate Room 3/0, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
You can also see application plans and documents ref P2016/1109/FUL at www.islington.gov.uk/planningsearch