Save Udney Park Teddington and all Outdoor Sports Fields from greedy property developers
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We are starting a national campaign to Save Outdoor Sports Fields from speculative property developers. Grass playing pitches are a vital national asset, part of our countries Green Infrastructure and crucial to our physical health, mental wellbeing and protecting our natural environment. Some things in life are just wrong, building on playing fields is one of them.
HM Government National Planning Policy is clear "playing fields should not be built on". However, some aggressive property developers are buying playing fields, which have a negligible commercial value because community run playing fields are a "break-even" operation, and hoping to wear down Planning Policy and make an estimated 500% return on investment.
We desperately need your help to Object to a Planning Application in Teddington that reduces playing pitch area by 50% to make room for 107 luxury flats, on a covenanted Green Belt playing field in Teddington. We have until 9th April to stop this.
The developer has been very smart, funding a Community Interest Company to try and attract local support in our neighbourhood, which a Councillor called "camouflage for a grubby land deal".
Once a playing field is concreted over it is lost forever. Outdoor recreation and volunteer-run amateur clubs build up our communities and improve our long term health. Please sign our petition to ensure property developers are NEVER given permission to build on pitches however much they spend "engaging communities" and appealing against Policy and play your part to Save Outdoor Sports Fields. If private-equity greed triumphs over community sport in Teddington it could be your community next, developers view this activity as a "repeatable business model".
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