There’s a meeting to discuss the plans to build on the Huntsman’s Field, at 8pm on Thursday 4th November. It’s being held at St Michael & All Angel’s Church Hall, Pond Road, Blackheath. Apparently it is for Cator Estate shareholders only, although I’m not sure how they’ll check, and indeed whether that’s really fair. Anyone trying to get the train in the morning will be affected by the building of hundreds of new flats in Blackheath.
The residents association are opposing the development on the grounds that it:
- will provide an unsafe and dangerous junction at the corner of Manor Way/Brooklands Park will generate additional motor traffic
- could very easily provide a ‘cut through link’ for all traffic from the KDA to the Cator Estate, vastly increasing (and introducing third party) traffic movement and volumes on the Cator Estate
- will detrimentally affect the character of the Conservation Area and amenity of the Cator Estate
- will detrimentally affect the character and amenity of the Cator Estate by virtue of the height and scale of certain buildings on the north boundary (being some 3-3.5 storeys) and the western boundary (3-5 storeys)
Don’t forget, the wonderful thing about our planning laws is that the developers only have to win once. See Foxtons, for example.
More details in their newsletter (PDF).
There’s a plan to replace a disused football field with a load of houses. This greenfield site (i.e. open land that has never been built on before), needs access from Manor Way and Brooklands Park. The developers “Derreb“, have filed a lawsuit against the Blackheath Cator Estate Residents, saying that they must allow access. According to the Cator newsletter:
“The original conveyance of the Huntsman land contained a restrictive covenant restricting its use to that of a sports field, or “detached houses for use as private residence only, such buildings to be erected in such a position and in accordance with such plans and
elevations, including general layout and development plans as shall first be submitted to, and approved, at the Purchaser’s expense by the Vendor’s Surveyor.”
BCER has drawn the existence of this covenant to Derreb’s attention, including the fact that as purchaser of the roads from the John Cator Estate, it is now BCER’s surveyor from whom approval is required. Derreb have said they intend applying to the Lands Tribunal to have this restrictive covenantmodified or discharged.”
And according to the developers environmental report:
Provisional of 141 residential units including:
A range of houses and flat types from between 1 and 4 bedrooms
The newsletter says:
Derreb says it has submitted a revised planning application, and is holding two meetings to exhibit what it terms the ‘final plans’ at St Michael & All Angels Church Hall from 6pm to 9pm on 1 and 4 February.
Which is another Beware of the Leopard moment…
Planning laws in this country are a joke. It is a battle of professionals against amateurs. They are designed to allow large developers to bully local councils with lawsuits, and allow repeated re-applications, in such away that the developers have very little to lose, and small groups cannot win.