A controversial plan to build a nursery in Cheam Park was passed at Wednesday’s planning committee meeting. Residents opposed to the construction proposed for the old stables site in Tudor Close, who live near and next to the park attended Sutton Council’s planning meeting. They had made their objections quite clear and had presented the Council with a petition of over 300 names of residents, who were opposed to the development of such a large commercial operation.
This development will add further pressure to a small cul-de-sac road in a residential area that already has problems with traffic making its way into the park. That’s on top of whether or not commercial activities such as this in a park area are an appropriate use of the facility, along with the cost element to “fix” the roof. As there is already discussion about closure of other local nursery provision, one wonders if there is any joined up thinking between the Planning Department and Service provision in Sutton Council.
The whole process has left more questions than answers and over the coming week or so we will post some of those questions and seek further comment from residents and regular users of the Park. In the meantime, we would welcome your comments and views.