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Conservatives and Labour vote to strip greenbelt land away from Mill Hill

February 24, 2017 9:44 PM

Richard Logue at Copthall FieldsAt the Barnet Planning Committee meeting last night (Wednesday 23rd February) Labour and Conservative councillors voted 6-5 in favour of the Hasmonean School development on greenbelt land in Copthall, Mill Hill. Planning Officials recommended the rejection of the development plan on the basis of its, "location and its excessive footprint, [the Hasmonean School plan] represents inappropriate development within the Green Belt which would cause substantial harm to the fundamental intention and purposes of including land in the Green Belt."

Reacting to the decision Mill Hill Lib Dem campaigner Richard Logue said, "many local people will be disappointed because it puts the future of our green spaces in Mill Hill under threat as well as damaging the environment."

"We acknowledge Hasmonean needs to provide more school places; indeed they support the community well. However expansion should not be to the detriment to what precious little open space that is left in the area.

"This 15 acre site," Richard continues, "will fence off public land and deny its community use forever and bring in substantial traffic problems to the streets of Copthall. Other schools around Barnet provide private transport for pupils to get to school; let's hope Hasmonean all follow this course."

The area of greenbelt in the south of Mill Hill is central to the Council's "Copthall Master Plan" which aims to create a leading, green, Sports and Open Space site in London on the Copthall site.

Hendon Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Alasdair Hill is concerned about how this development will affect the Copthall Plan. "The Liberal Democrats argue that the loss of access to green space, together with the increased traffic flow through the area, would seriously jeopardise the Sports and Open Space vision that is vital to the health and economy of Mill Hill."

ENDS

Recommendations for rejection can be found on the committee meeting papers here.

Details of the Copthall Master Plan Proposal can be found here.