Petition update

New application to bring vehicles onto the Parkland Walk may affect the validity of the covenants

Friends of the Parkland Walk

Mar 16, 2017 — Many people have been asking us what is happening with the house at 3 Francis Place.

We have recently been informed by Haringey Council of a new application to permit vehicles to use the Walk. The owner has requested permission to bring skip lorries onto the property once a week for a period of 26 weeks. The contractor has stated that this is to remove wastage arising from refurbishment.

The Friends of the Parkland Walk view this new application with a number of concerns. The permissions would entail the grant of licences to break both the covenant prohibiting motor vehicle access and that prohibiting the removal of soil. These covenants were firmly defended by the council last year. We believe, that without robust legal controls, these licences, by waiving restrictions, could be used to set a precedent that might lead to the current request for limited development being extended to full development which will have a considerable impact on users of The Parkland Walk over a much longer period of time.

The new application provides a lot less detail than the previous construction management plan. We believe 26 skip lorries seems excessive for the purpose of removal of rubble and think an independent surveyor should provide an assessment of the volume of material to be removed.

The council seems minded to grant the permissions requested in spite of our expressions of concern and requests for fuller information. We haven’t been informed of a robust monitoring plan or legal contract to ensure that the contractor adheres strictly to the stated works.

There is a lack of information provided on measures to safeguard the Walk and its users and there has been no survey to assess volumes of users at peak periods. We are also very concerned that this relaxation of the covenants might provide a precedent for motor vehicle access and excavation in the future. In the event of licences being granted, a binding legal contract on this aspect is in our view essential.

We would like to make it clear that we do not object to work being done to make the house safe and inhabitable. Our objections and concerns are entirely focused in our role as a stakeholder group to ensure that the rights of access and safety of users of the Parkland Walk are protected, and also to ensure that legal protections that are in place are honoured. In this case "adhering to the covenants that formed a significant part of the deeds to the property when it was purchased".

If you share these concerns, please write to your local Haringey councillors, copying in Peray Ahmet - (Cabinet Member for the Environment, ) and ask them to write to the officer handling this application (Simon Farrow, Interim Head of Direct Services) to request that the Council maintain its commitment to the protection of the covenants on this property.

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