Blackheath residents 'heartened' by Greenwich Council opposition to Huntsman project (From News Shopper)
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Blackheath residents 'heartened' by Greenwich Council opposition to Huntsman project
RESIDENTS worried about the Blackheath Huntsman housing project say they felt “heartened” by Greenwich Council’s opposition to the application.
Greenwich Council’s planning board was unanimous in opposing the appeal which residents queued up to voice their concerns at during the meeting on September 16.
The development would build 131 homes on an old sports ground but the board noted issues such as unsuitable access, the sense of “enclosure” from new houses on existing houses, and a loss of affordable housing.
The entrance on the western side of the Cator Estate was particularly flagged up as dangerous by residents and councillors.
Coordinator of Blackheath Park Conservation Group Chris Holland said: “We all feel heartened by why happened at the meeting and now we know we are singing from the same hymn sheet as the council.
“We accept development on this land and no problem with that but want it to be in accordance with the plan.
“We will redouble our energies to take on Mr Macey at the inquiry.”
Mr Holland, who says developer Terry Macey lives in the Cator Estate, added: “He is the one person out of tune with so many of his neighbours.”
Mr Macey said: “Derreb Limited will continue to work to provide 131 much needed homes, including affordable homes, and hundreds of jobs for local people in the construction of those homes.
“The scheme , on land which has been unused for thirteen years, will include four childrens' play spaces, the retention of existing trees and the planting of new trees, and cycle and footways to link Blackheath with the new Kidbrooke development .
'In 1993 Blackheath Cator estate residents granted a deed of rights of way over the Cator estate roads.
"A minority of the residents do not wish to honour the terms of that deed and Derreb would like them to do so."
A planning inspector’s inquiry is set to take place on November 26 at Woolwich Town Hall.
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