Tenter Hill Meadow – Appeal – Lib Dems opportunism is disappointing in Fletton & Stanground

Tenter Hill Meadow – Appeal

I am deeply disappointed that the Lib Dem’s have tried to politically weaponise this very important planning appeal decision for everyone in Stanground when all Stanground Councillors should have, as we all have in Stanground South, put aside party allegiances and called on the planning inspector to dismiss this appeal for a development on Tenter Hill Meadow. Ward specific matters must always come before party allegiances. Planning decisions and appeals should never be made on party political grounds to gain political advantage.

My submission to the Planning Inspector is as follows:

APP/J0540/W/18/3217657

Dear Mr Valentine

As a city councillor for the adjoining ward of Stanground South in Peterborough, I write to urge you to uphold the decision made by the Peterborough City Council Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for the proposed development at Tenter Hill Meadow in Stanground and dismiss the appeal for the clear reasons given for planning permission refusal.

In that,

“existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land, including playing fields, should not be built on unless the loss resulting from the proposed development would be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location; or the development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the benefits of which clearly outweigh the loss of the current or former use. The site is situated within a ward where there is a 5.7ha deficiency of public open space, the proposed area of open space would not be replaced with a better provision in terms of quantity or quality in a suitable location, and would not be for an alternative sports or recreational provision. As such the development would be contrary to Paragraph 97 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2018) and Policy CS19 of the Peterborough Core Strategy DPD (2011)”.

Specifically

• the loss resulting from the proposed development would not be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location
• the development does not offer alternative sports and recreational provision and therefore does not clearly outweigh the loss of the current use
• the ward already has a 5.7ha deficiency of public open space
• the development is contrary to Paragraph 97 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2018)
• the development is contrary to Policy CS19 of the Peterborough Core Strategy DPD (2011).

Tenter Hill is a well-used, highly valued and well-loved piece of public open space used for many recreational activities by residents throughout both wards of Fletton & Stanground and Stanground South, its loss would destroy the enjoyment of the local area and be deeply upsetting for local residents.

Kind regards

Cllr Chris Harper