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Landmark green space decision due

PUBLISHED: 14:32 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

THE final decision about the future of an historic park threatened by housing development is due to be made next Tuesday after months of deliberation. Bromley council bosses will decide whether to approve the London Development Agency s (LDA) £67.5mill

THE final decision about the future of an historic park threatened by housing development is due to be made next Tuesday after months of deliberation.

Bromley council bosses will decide whether to approve the London Development Agency's (LDA) £67.5million masterplan, the largest the council has ever received.

More than 7,000 residents have opposed the controversial plans, which include selling protected parkland for residential development, believing it will lead to other councils selling off publicly owned green spaces.

Chairman of Crystal Palace Community Association (CPCA), John Payne, said: "If Bromley grants permission for this application, it will set a precedent, threatening all other UK public parks and green open spaces.

"Parks must not be treated like our playing fields, sold off piecemeal for development.Parks must be valued for what they are, vital green spaces in our urban environment.

"We are not opposing improvements to the park but we absolutely refuse to accept that parkland owned by the public should be sold for residential development."

The plans propose replacing the camping and caravan site at Rockhills with five-storey blocks of 140 apartments along with six blocks of up to 40 apartments on Crystal Palace Park near the cricket pitch.

At People's Question Time, held at Bromley Civic Centre in November, members of the CPCA asked head of the LDA Mr Johnson to withdraw its application but he refused and said it was a decision for Bromley council.

A spokesman from Bromley council said: "We have spent a considerable amount of time considering and assessing this very complex application and will assess the application on its planning merits.

"Of course we will consider any comments that have been made by members of the public, resident groups and other interested parties.

"We recognise that this is an important application and one that residents are interested in. We will assess it very carefully."

The decision is due to be announced at the development control committee next Tuesday at the Civic Centre, Stockwell Close at 7.30pm.

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