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.
The Friends of Cheam Park held their Annual General Meeting this evening at the Prince of Wales public house (thank you PoW for your hospitality). A well-attended meeting heard more about the proposed development of the stable block that was allowed to fall into a sad state of repair by the Council, contrary to the terms that were made when the facility was bequethed to the local authority.
After election of officers and committee members – details to follow – the main focus of discussion was the proposed development of this site within the Park. Suffice to say there was an over-whelming majority who were opposed to the development. More details will be available in the minutes of that meeting.
Readers are reminded that the Planning Application comes before the Planning Committee on Wednesday 21st October at 7.30pm.
Those attending the meeting also heard about all the things that were being done in the Park. This writer for one looks forward to hearing when the Parks Department, and thus the Council, will actually discuss these projects with the Committee, rather than it hearing about these initiatives second hand!
Do you use Cheam Park? Are you aware of the proposed development of the Old Stable Block? Visit our website to get the history and hopefully sign our petitions. In any case, we would welcome your views.