|Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 - 08:09 pm: |
A private company 'Red Loft Partnership' has been discretely working on behalf of the council to identify small sites that could be used for residential use.
It has identified over a 100 possible sites, including a number of 'open spaces'. Currently the list of recommended sites isn't for public consumption. So I've no idea if any sites in Forest Hill have been identified.
The report goes before the Mayor tomorrow the same day he decides the future of Forest Hill Pools.
If I've read the report correctly they have identified potential sites on housing estates, replacing open space amenities and garages with houses.
Red Loft also looked at the potential of large gardens, but seem to have dismissed that idea.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 08:45 am: |
Thanks for advising of this. Forest Hill is crowded enough. The green spaces are all without fail required to make life tolerable
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 09:49 am: |
However, it's a great idea building council housing in predominantly owner occupier areas! Don't you find it gives the place so much more...vitality?
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 02:05 pm: |
Lewisham commented on Two Jags' targets for new build that there was enough brown field land in the Borough to meet this commitment. This was a few years ago, dunno if the situation has changed. No doubt Counicillors will clarify
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 02:56 pm: |
I think "brown field" actually includes a lot of urban open space. As I understand it, if it's not virgin agricultural land outside the city...
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 07:52 pm: |
The Mayor of London (MoL)has the 'London Plan', a London-wide approach to new developments. The press recently reported the MoL had increased the number of new homes expected of Lewisham, the council were said not to be happy with this increase.
Meanwhile in 'The Londoner' the MoL is asking for more planning powers because, "Some proposals...get diluted or rejected by borough councils." The Mol wants the power "to tell a local authority it must keep to the plan."
Maybe the councillors can explain the report better than me and possibly indicate what sites if any in Forest Hill have been identified.
|Posted on Wednesday, 22 February, 2006 - 11:32 pm: |
Hmmm well I think some green space could be about to disappear if my eyes didn't deceive me this morning. Does anyone know what's going on behind the block of flats on the corner of London Road and Taymount Rise? I often use this area as a short cut by day and very pleasant it is too. You get a bed of bluebells there in the Spring and it provides a bit of relief from the traffic fumes of the South Circular. Some builders have just begun to set up their gear there so would be interested to hear from an official source about what's planned, if anything.
|Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 12:12 pm: |
I REALLY hope we don't lose our green spaces. It's one of the most special things about Forest Hill. We'll have to start calling it just "Hill".
|Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 02:27 pm: |
Unfortunately the list drawn up by Red Loft isn't available to the public for commercial reasons. It would have been interesting to see the sites they had in mind or had rejected so an understanding of their thinking could be formed.
Re London Road & Taymount Road an application was granted last year to build flats behind 23, 25, 27 London Road. I don't know if that's the area being referred too.
|Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2006 - 04:47 pm: |
It could well be - but I don't want to get too gloomy until I know for sure, however to lose even part of this green space would be a real shame.