Appeal for residential development on Metropolitan Open Land to be contested

Published Wednesday, 12 September 2018

A proposal to build 151 apartments on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) at the Footzie Social Club in Lower Sydenham is being contested by the council at the forthcoming appeal.

The unanimous decision to contest the appeal follows the Development Control Committee last night after the planning applicant appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for ‘non-determination’.

Councillor Alexa Michael, Chairman of Development Control Committee said: “We are not prepared to accept the loss of valuable Metropolitan Open Land, which is akin to Green Belt land. We do not think the applicant has demonstrated the very special circumstances that would be required to grant a planning permission. We have previously rejected an application for residential development on this site and we will be outlining our strong principled positions to the Government-appointed Planning Inspector.”

Councillor Michael added: “In addition to our principled objections of development on Metropolitan Open Land, we also consider that it is inappropriate location for tall buildings and the scale and massing would also amount to overdevelopment.”

The application which the council is contesting at the forthcoming appeal included the erection of a four to eight storey development with basement parking, comprising 151 residential units. These were made up of 63 x one bedroom, 80 x two bedroom and 8 x 3 bedroom units.


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