Protecting our open spaces

posted 29 Dec 2012, 22:34 by dartmouth park   [ updated 3 Jan 2013, 04:19 ]
The Mansfield Neighbours Group will hold a public open meeting at 7 pm on Sunday 6 January in the Church Hall, York Rise.
The property speculators working with the MBC submitted their latest planning application to build luxury houses and private roads over the bowling greens and tennis courts immediately before the Christmas/New Year break.  The proposals seek to secure a very significant departure from both the Conservation Area Statement adopted in 2009 after extensive public consultation and the statutory Local Development Framework (LDF) adopted by the Council in 2010 after public consultation and a Planning Inspector led Public Inquiry.
This is the last of the Burdett-Coutts land and the largest open space within the Conservation Area boundaries.  These proposals represent a major threat to our efforts to preserve and enhance the Conservation Area and affect everyone living in the area rather than just the immediate neighbours.  The designation of the Conservation Area 21 years ago this coming February was, amongst other objectives, intended to draw a line under the sort of encroachment represented by the 'Regency Lawn' development.
That development too was claimed to be a one off to secure the future of sporting use of the open space.
The meeting called for the 6th is the first of several to mobilise community opposition to the proposals.
The developers' device to foreshorten public consultation has failed.  The pre-Christmas submission was rejected as invalid.
In a somewhat crude effort to bolster the developers' case, the MBC has already ceased to maintain the bowling greens.  To compound this the MBC is now attempting to evict the tennis club.
For a history of the site see the 'History' page of the DPCAAC website.