Ruislip Residents' Association

Residents Object to Hockey Club Application

When the Ruislip Residents' Association Executive Committee met on 2 January there was unanimous agreement that the Association should oppose Eastcote Hockey Club's latest Planning Application to construct a second artificial grass specialist hockey pitch, with associated tall fences and floodlights, on King's College Playing Fields.·

RRA Chairman Joan Davis duly wrote to Hillingdon Council Head of Planning, James Rodger, objecting not only to the threatened loss of access to public open space and visual amenity, but highlighting that the scheme is contrary to Borough and London-wide green space policies.

She pointed out the detrimental impact the development would have on the ecology of the area, and how it would detract from enjoyment of the Celandine Route through Hillingdon & Harrow.·   Joan pointed out that the Club's revised scheme failed to address residents' concerns over traffic and parking problems, and went no way at all to diminish increasing anxiety about flooding in this high risk area.·

The Club had not produced any convincing evidence to demonstrate the need for an extra pitch.   Joan reminded Mr Rodger that when the Club moved from Cavendish playing fields "it was to take advantage of the larger number of grass pitches afforded on Pinn fields", but that, since that relocation, hockey has evolved to play exclusively on artificial pitches, for which the current site is entirely unsuitable.

Published in Parks and open spaces on 16 January 2013.
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