Green Spaces changes under Hillingdon Local Plan
A 'Proposed Submission Draft' of Part 2 of the Hillingdon Local Plan is to be published by the Council for public consultation over six weeks commencing in March 2014, prior to its formal submission to the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Among the Green Spaces implications of this document are changes to paragraphs on development in the Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and Green Chains, and plans to remove Green Chain designation from Eastcote House Gardens, Kings College Playing Fields and the Manor Farm site, and to re-designate these as Metropolitan Open Land.
There is reason for serious doubt that this will give enhanced protection to these and other sites proposed for re-designation. There is precedent from other London boroughs for retaining dual designation, and, in response to a recommendation from Friends of Pinn Meadow, Ruislip Residents' Association has agreed to support dual designation in its response to the forthcoming consultation.
The document also proposes that the sports field in Ruislip Manor currently used by Wealdstone FC should gain Green Chain designation – valuable protection for an open space in such a densely built up area. It also includes the designation of the area immediately alongside the River Pinn as it runs through King's College Playing Fields as a Nature Conservation Site of Metropolitan or Borough Grade 2 Importance – which is also excellent news.