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26 tonne lorries on the Parkland Walk - over how many dead bodies?

An email just received, relating to a planning application in a neighbouring ward:

Dear Adrian,

Many of us use the Parkland Walk, the former railway track running between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace which is now a much-loved nature reserve, footpath and cycleway. A controversial development is now being proposed at 3 Francis Place near the Holmesdale Road entrance, N6, which could mean heavy construction lorries accessing the Walk.

A planning application for development of a basement and extension to the former railway cottage at 3 Francis Place has already been granted, and the owners are seeking approval for their construction management plan (CMP) which would see heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 26 tonnes using the Parkland Walk.

It would be great if you too could object to the CMP on the council's planning website. The reference is HGY/2015/1539.

Your objection can be one simple line - I object! - although it's usually better if you can add a sentence or two. The objections by the Friends of the Parkland Walk (numbers 055 and 056) will give you the key points, and the objection by Bob Hare (112-113) adds some more. Check also for a further objection from the Friends (about to be submitted, 117+ tbc).

Objections can be made until the 'Decision Notice' appears at the foot of the list of Consultation Comments.

There are restrictive covenants specifically prohibiting excavation work and motorised vehicles on the Parkland Walk, but these can only be considered after the planning application. The first step is to try to persuade Haringey Council not to approve this latest plan.

The Friends of Parkland Walk are vigorously opposing this development, and your local Liberal Democrat councillors have given them their full support. We encourage you to sign their petition.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Bob Hare will be meeting shortly with planning and legal teams at the council and will insist that the covenants must be respected.

Approval of this scheme could set a terrible precedent for the Parkland Walk. We should all fight to ensure the Parkland Walk is protected.

Best wishes,
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Councillor Bob Hare
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Highgate

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