Category Archives: Green Spaces

Urgent. Please object by Thursday Nov. 24, 2016.

The Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood and the Friends of Champion Hill are fighting to prevent a developer from overturning a restrictive covenant that ensures that the Dulwich Hamlet football grounds are used only for “leisure or recreational or educational purposes.”

Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood – Respond to Planning Application 16/AP/4051

The Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood are a group of people whose main aims are to protect and improve Dog Kennel Hill park and Dog Kennel Hill wood in Camberwell, London.

We object to planning application 16/AP/4051.

We cite the following objections, in agreement with the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood.

The current DHFC ground is protected by a restrictive covenant (Clause 8) to ensure it can only be used for “leisure or recreational or educational purposes”. If this is lifted it means that the current stadium could be built upon or used for any purpose by anyone now or in the future. This could mean the demise of our long-standing football club.

  • These S106 agreements between Kings College, Southwark Council and DHFC were put in place to prevent the future development of the land and yet planning application 16/AP/1232 seeks to develop this land.

  • The S106 agreements must not be lifted without some other legally binding agreements set in place to safeguard bot the future of the football club and Green Dale fields.

  • Section 4.16 of their Planning Statement says that the new stadium build will be “future proofed for sustainability” and yet there has been no financial evidence to substantiate this. This application must be turned down until a full and transparent Financial Plan has been published for the community to scrutinise.

  • The applicant states in the cover letter that planning application 16/AP/1232 is “entirely acceptable and in accordance with policy” and yet hundreds of local people have objected due to its total disregard of  both the London Plan (Section 7.17) and the Southwark Plan (Policy 3.25). The new stadium does not constitute an ancillary facility nor does it maintain the openness of MOL due to its enclosing wall. It would therefore be a departure from both the Southwark and London Plans.

  • The applicant also states in their cover letter that planning application 16/AP/1232 is “in the public interest”. This is wholly refutable as the plan to destroy a rare piece of open green space has met with a lot of local opposition. The applicant has not provided clear evidence that their proposal is the only way forward. The local community would like to see other avenues explored whereby the football club has an improved stadium and flats built on their existing footprint, with no encroachment on the wild open space of Green Dale fields.

  • The draft S106 agreement laid out in the Planning Statement says that the stadium and MUGA will be freely available for local schools. Currently the astro turf pitch is used by local children on an ad-hoc basis. If the walled stadium and MUGA are built, this removes the current free access to children outside of a formal school arrangement. In effect, this application removes vital sports facilities from the area rather than providing them.

  • The land registry entry for title SGL62094 (the current stadium) page 6 point 10 says that there is another S106 agreement dated 21 May 2003 which lays out “provisions relating to the development of the land in this title” and yet this document has not been published nor provided by the applicant. Without seeing the contents, this application should be refused.

The comment below is copied from Simon E Hughes MBE (not to be confused with former MP Sir Simon H. W. Hughes).

FRIENDS OF CHAMPION HILL Green Dale Update A planning application (16/AP/4051) has been submitted by, not the Hadley Property Group, but by Green Dale Property Co Ltd (GPC), to strip Dulwich Hamlet Football Club playing pitch of all the protection it has through the S106 agreement between Southwark Council, J Sainsbury’s and King’s College; this protection prevents building houses on the pitch. Once stripped of this protection there will be nothing to stop the owners (the developers) building on the pitch. The club would be left with nowhere to play. Please join me in protesting against this strongly. To make your feelings felt, register your objections with Southwark Planning Committee before Thursday 24 November. Either write a letter to the Case Officer or go to Simple Search on the Southwark website by pasting this into your search engine, which should get you to Simple Search, insert the application reference 16/AP/4051; after a short wait press make a public comment, scroll down, fill in your details and make your objections. You might like to use points I have made in my letter to the case officer over the page. Please don’t cut and paste too much as your objection will then count for less.


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Rain garden planting day Saturday 18th April, 10am – 4pm (or drop by anytime)

Why not celebrate the start of spring by getting your green fingers out and helping us to plant up the exciting rain garden project at Cressingham Gardens! Come along for a day of planting in the sunshine, everyone is welcome and the community centre will be open with refreshments so we should be well catered for. Please find full event details here and feel free to contact me via email or on the mobile number below for more information. If you are local and cold bring along a spade and some gardening gloves without too much inconvenience that would be a great help.

 I look forward to seeing some of you there!

With best wishes,

 Helen Spring

Lost Effra Project Coordinator

London Wildlife Trust – Protecting London’s wildlife for the future / Facebook / Twitter

Mobile: 07971 315 245

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Green Dale Fields consultation results are published

From Southwark Council:
Dear local resident
Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultations for Green Dale Fields. The results of both consultations are available on the website to download from
We are now busy updating the plans, so we can submit a planning application for the scheme. We will also publicise the updated plans on the website and via this mailing list.
Yours sincerely,
Pippa Krishnan, Southwark Council

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Full marks to the London Borough of Southwark for promoting this major green initiative – which is both exciting and much needed. Now you can play your part.

The plan is to transform Green Dale fields in Camberwell into a new park for the community.

Southwark’s parks newsletter requested public input: “This big area of open space, just behind Dog Kennel Hill Open Space and Sainsburys, is full of potential and we want to hear your views on what can be done with it. If we did create a new park here, what would you like to see in it?”


The deadline is Sunday 24 August, 2014.

A Friends of Green Dale was formed at a meeting held on Thursday August 7, 2014 at the Albrighton Community Centre, Albrighton Road, SE22 8AH.  


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Friends of Greendale MEETING – Thursday August 7th

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FOBP reproduce the invite from Jonathan Coe of Friends of Greendale:

Hi all,

The first meeting of the Friends of Greendale will be on Thursday August 7th from 6.30 to 7.45pm at The Albrighton Community Centre, Albrighton Rd, SE22 8AH. As they kindly will not charge us for this we have to leave the building when it stops being staffed at 8pm.
Attached is the draft constitution and a proposed set of activities for the first year, both of which arise from the meeting on the 22nd July.

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petition against ugly and expensive Hampstead Ponds floodworks which would mitigate 1 in 400 000 year risk

Time is running out to sign this petition. However, I hesitated to ask readers to sign it until I had spoken to  someone from the local civic society to check out the basic facts. A pro-development lobby just loves to misrepresent green space campaigners as raising automatic knee-jerk opposition to any plans for open space, good, bad or indifferent, and the behaviour of the City of London in the case of the Hampstead ponds has been so bizarre that it I was concerned that readers might assume that we were exaggerating.

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‘Save Our Parks’ Picnic At Parliament – Saturday 3rd August

from 12 noon – 3pm

Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, London SW1 
(on the south side of the Houses of Parliament, by the River Thames – 5 mins from Westminster tube)

On the final day of Love Parks Week a chance to come together for a simple picnic celebrating the UK’s green spaces and calling for adequate resources to ensure they are properly looked after – please bring food and refreshments to share.

Organised by London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network

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Friends group established for Greendale in light of possible developments.

A friends’ group has been established in light of the possible developments being talked about by Dulwich Hamlet football club. There is a website here:

and a twitter feed:

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Leader of Southwark Council: “I have now told these people twice in the clearest terms that they will never build on or remove any MOL at Greendale.” FOBP welcomes his statement. Concerned locals should attend developer’s meeting about future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.


Saturday July 19, 2014. Future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (and associated fields).

10.00 am to 3.00 pm, 19th July. Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Edgar Kail Way London SE22 8BD.


On June 30, Dr. Martin Heath, Chair of the Friends of Belair Park contacted Southwark councillors Barrie Hargrove (Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure) and Peter John (Leader of Southwark Council). He passed on an email which had been sent to him as a campaigner for green open space. It had explained representatives of various local bodies had been:

“invited on a walkabout around the Greendale fields this morning with Steve Lancashire from PR company “Four Communications” and Roger Lee, an architect from “Farrells”. They wanted to hear what we had to say about the future of Greendale. They are trying to gauge public opinion so that they can draw up some plans with the new owners of the football club (property developer’s “Hadley”).”

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Sunday August 3, 2014. Great North Wood Walk.

Please find attached a poster for the third Great North Wood walk taking place on Sunday 3rd August at 12 noon – 4pm. The aim of the walk is to celebrate the natural and cultural history of the local area, once known as the Great North Wood. The Wood was a vast complex of commons and woods which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst with parts of the Wood noted in the Domesday Book in 1086. The Great North Wood is still thriving today in the string of ecologically rich nature reserves and green spaces which make up its remnants. This is a partnered walk between London Wildlife Trust, the Friends of One Tree Hill and Southwark Council, with nods to the Dulwich Estate and TCV at Dulwich Upper Wood.

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