Letter From John Gleeson:
In July you were good enough to write a letter of complaint to Southwark Council about a proposal to build a commercial nursery on Metropolitan Open Land at the Dulwich Sports Club on Turney Road.
Due to our collective action, the Council changed their position and appear to have accepted that this was indeed ‘inappropriate development’ on Metropolitan Open Land. However, since then, the SCST, who lease the land from Dulwich Estate, have submitted a report justifying the development on the basis that it is the only means of safeguarding their financial future. In addition they have converted the old caretaker’s flat into a commercial residential let. This is effectively turning part of the pavilion into a private residence, a dangerous precedent for other Dulwich sports pavilions.
If the space in the pavilion were used for the wet weather teaching facilities the SCST argues it so desperately needs, the port-a-cabins and development would not be required.
In essence the SCST are now applying for two commercial developments on the fields. We fear that if both applications are approved, there will be nothing to stop further commercial development on other sports fields in Dulwich on the simple premise that it makes the clubs richer. Our opposition to inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land remains strong. It is against national planning policy and is not in the interest of Dulwich as a whole.
I am asking you to support our campaign once again, and object to both developments; the flat and the new proposals for the nursery.
I have attached two draft letters plus links to the plans.
I appreciate it is a busy time of year, so if you can, as a minimum, please send an e-mail saying:
“ I name of address object to planning applications: 13/AP/1732 and 13/AP/3927 “
The closing date for objections is Friday 3rd January. Please contact myself (John Gleeson) if you have any queries.
Thank you once again for your support and for taking the time to assist us, it is much appreciated.
I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and New Year.
13/AP/1732 (for nursery building)
13/AP/3927 (for flat)
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