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Objectors to the proposed backland development in Chestnut Avenue, Coney Hall
Objectors to the proposed backland development in Chestnut Avenue, Coney Hall

Residents of Coney Hall objecting to the backland development proposals for 2-6 Chestnut Avenue gathered this morning to show their concerns.

They were joined by John Stone, Chairman of West Wickham South Residents’ Association and Cllr. Neil Reddin as local councillor. Neil promised that they would keep residents informed of progress. The application is expected to be determined in early July.

(Credit to Christine Riches for organising the gathering.)

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‘Garden Grabbing’ in Coney Hall

A planning application has recently been received by the Council which resurrects the spectre of ‘backland’ or ‘garden grabbing’ development at the rear of 2-6 Chestnut Avenue.

Your local councillors have received many enquiries and objections to the plans from local residents, particularly in the light of the change in the law, announced by the new government a few days ago, which removes the automatic designation of back gardens as ‘brownfield’ sites. It is now harder (though certainly not impossible) for developers to get planning permission for so-called “backland development”,

Cllrs. Graham Arthur and Neil Reddin are opposing the plans. (Cllr. Anne Manning, as a member of two of the plans committees that might hear the application, must remain publicly neutral at this stage.)

Wickham Common Parking News

Typical school zig-zag markingsAfter nearly a year of work by your local councillors, public consultation is expected to begin shortly on proposed new parking restrictions in the vicinity of Wickham Common Primary School, including the junction of Gates Green Road and Hartfield Crescent.

The proposals will include ‘zig-zag’ markings around the corners of the junction and part-time parking restrictions along sections of Gates Green Road to allow traffic to pass, hopefully tackling the ‘gridlock’ that currently occurs during school opening an closing times.

Draft plans were made available by your local councillors at the Wickham Common Residents Association AGM where initial comments were made and will be passed to the highway engineers.

If the consultation results are favourable then work is planned to be completed in time for the start of the Autumn term.