I wan’t to appeal a decision by SDCC to grant permission for a development in my local area.
I’m not sure if I’ll be wasting my time – would be grateful for any advice on the best way to approach this.
Permission to extend the local community centre has been granted including permission to construct 3 astro turf pitches – I have no problem with the alterations to the community centre, my issue is with the location of the astro turf pitches;
- The pitches will significantly encroach on what is open parkland at the centre of the area.
- The precedent set by allowing development/partial privatisation of this parkland & implications for future development.
- The required 3m fencing with additional 2m netting and 12, 10m high floodlight standards will significantly alter existing visual amenity, particularly given topography & prominence of site.
- The development requires the main pedestrian pathway in the area to be re-routed, but takes no account of actual pedestrian flows & the inconvenience this realignment will cause.
- SDCC required additional information from the applicants, including a detailed landscape plan from a ‘qualified landscape architect’ – What was submitted is very much at the level of Ann & Barry. As landscape design is my area, I can say that the plan itself seems to be from a person that is not qualified, grounds for appeal in itself? What is proposed, and now accepted, in terms of tree planting etc. suggests incompetence - a small tree symbol for an oak, a plant list that contains every tree species under the sun, ornamental species that are blatantly not suitable for a park setting etc.)
I find it hard to fathom that the landscape plan submitted, which contains proposals to dot trees all over the entire park area, was acceptable to SDCC.
As my concerns relate primarily to visual amenity, landscape planning etc. and I have no issue with the actual building proposal, do I stand any chance with ABP ?
Just for reference, if your still awake, below is the existing site (hello there Mrs. Mooney).
Site boundary in red, existing pathway in blue - The pathway will be re-routed to follow the red outline, the primary destination of most pedestrians is well to the left of the existing pathway.
And the accepted landscape plan;
Many thanks for any input.