We need To Be Prepared To Act
As you may know, Freedom of Information Act disclosure reveals that Haringey Council has not ruled out granting permission to a sports hall development by Hornsey Cricket Club. This leaves the Crouch End Open Spaces and Playing Fields – the unique area which is home to woodland paths as well as cricket and tennis clubs – at risk of inappropriate development despite it being Metropolitan Open land (MOL), which is intended to protect open spaces in London.
Any approval of Hornsey Cricket Club’s plans would set a dangerous precedent for other large building construction in these protected open spaces. The Save our Space N8 campaign group believes that if a planning application is made, opposing it requires expert planning advice, especially on the principle of defending Metropolitan Open Land. Given the short timeframe from any planning notice to objection deadline, once we get any notice the planning expert would need immediate instruction. Therefore we have to have the necessary funds pledged or committed in advance of that time.