PALMER CRESCENT OPEN SPACE IN THE BRAMBLES ESTATE, OFF MURRAY ROAD (OWNED BY RBC)
PROPOSAL TO SELL THE LAND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 14 HOUSES
Planning Application RU.11/0285
This Open Space was included in the original development in 1986, off Murray Road, by the then planning laws. It provides a `kick about space` and a play area for the younger children. It is the only green space in this high density development. RBC say the reason for the sale is that it is short of money due to the Government cutting its grants, in particular its capital funds for any future developments. However, RBC does not need to build on this site as it “is currently exceeding its housing targets”. Figures show that the Memorial Field, with its open space and play area, is too far within current guidelines to easily walk there, as an alternative open space. So the proposals include the re-provision of the younger children`s play area, but provision of an older children’s play equipped area in the woods of Hare Hill Open Space. This site has a nature conservation designation (SANGS, see the Autumn 2009 Newsletter) to retain it as a natural area for walking, quiet recreation and for nature conservation. There has been strong opposition from the Ottershaw Society, many of the residents throughout the village, and in the surrounding areas of Hare Hill to these proposals, with many petitions and over 200 individual letters of objection to RBC. We have had support from some local councillors but unfortunately not all. RBC have deferred the decision to sell the site for development to look at all the other Open Spaces in Ottershaw to see if they would be more suited to have the older children`s play area construction on them. But they are also SANGS and are often adjacent to houses.