Save our beautiful orchard from Developers

Save our beautiful orchard from Developers

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Kate Schwarz started this petition to Michael Frangeskou and Haringey Council

Add your voice to help save our beautiful Priory Common Orchard !

For over 10 years Priory Common Orchard has been a much loved green community asset that is tended and used year round. The common is a beautiful, mature and well-tended space providing nesting for birds including a family of magpies, a home to flora and fauna, squirrels and bats as well as an educational space for local school and nursery children and well-loved amenity for the community to rest in and enjoy.

The PCO website https://sites.google.com/view/pcorchard/home and WERA website https://wera-n8.co.uk/our-common describe the activities of the community garden.

It has weekly volunteer gardening sessions as well as hosting other events. Because it is very open and next to a bus stop people, both locals and visitors from near and far, are always visiting it. They display poems written by various locals describing the history and character of the Orchard and the impact it has on them.

There is a pile of woodchip (donated by tree surgeons) which is used on the Orchard and also made available to people for their gardens The local community are invited to taste and pick the herbs, fruit and vegetables growing on the Orchard.

The trees and vegetation have biodiversity and urban greening value.

The height of the proposed new building (3.5 stories) would overshadow the common and the construction process is likely to damage and destroy the amenity, as the site of the proposal has no access or storage facilities, leading to the loss of unusual trees, fruit and vegetables and other pollution lowering plants.

Destruction of Priory Common Orchard goes against The London plan 2021. Policy G7 states that: ‘London’s urban forest and woodlands should be protected and maintained, and new trees and woodlands should be planted in appropriate locations in order to increase the extent of London’s urban forest – the area of London under the canopy of trees.’

The proposal also requires the bus stop adjoining the site to be closed for at least 9 months and restricted for longer. This would adversely affect many local people, as well as those who use the bus routes to travel longer distances, and visitors to/from Alexandra Palace. It's a well-used stop that allows people to change buses across 3 routes and it's a long walk, particularly for the elderly, disabled and parents with young children, to the next stops for each route. To remove this vital public transport interchange risks increasing car journeys in the area at an already very overloaded and dangerous junction.

Add your objection to the Developers proposals by signing this petition and you can also add an objection direct to Haringey, it's passed the initial deadline but they are still accepting submissions as part of the consultation :

http://www.planningservices.haringey.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=406891

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