VICTORY for The Parkland Walk
Jul 13, 2016 — Haringey Council has rejected all 3 applications by the owner of 3 Francis Place to develop the property. In an email to the Friends from Peray Ahmet, Cabinet Member for the Environment she said,
"I’m writing to let you know that a decision was taken yesterday by officers to formally refuse the requests from the owners of 3 Francis Place both for consent under the covenant limiting extension to the property, and to use vehicles on Parkland Walk for the purpose of the building works for the extension.
We have carefully listened to the points made by the Friend’s Group and other residents and users, and share your desire to protect this space from damage by vehicles and equipment and ensure it remains somewhere residents can continue to use and enjoy without disruption."
This means No traffic on the Walk, No wheelbarrows, No pipe supplying concrete and most significantly No basement or extension - No building works other than those required to put the house back into good order.
Thank you to all of you who signed the petition and objected via the planning portal. There is absolutely no doubt that your contribution ensured that this was an issue that residents in the borough, and others who have enjoyed the Parkland Walk from as far afield as the USA and Australia, feel passionate about.
Thanks also to the many Councillors at Haringey who lobbied on our behalf and especially Bob Hare, Councillor for Highgate Ward, who has helped the committee tirelessly throughout our campaign. We would also like to thank the recently appointed Cabinet member for the Environment Peray Ahmet, and also Simon Farrow, Head of Direct Services (including parks) who always made it clear he didn't want any use of the Walk other than by the public and that maintaining safe public access was his key concern.
This is a fantastic victory for the Nature Reserve, the wildlife that live there and everyone who derives benefit and pleasure from its position in the borough as a green transport corridor. It is also a victory for the power of protective covenants that we hope will be noted across the country as people work hard to protect their green spaces.
We are, as you can well imagine, very, very happy.
Should you wish to read the Council's very thorough Decision Notice you can read it here.