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Multi-million pound park row

PUBLISHED: 16:03 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

FURIOUS residents have slammed a council for ignoring their views about a £67.5million park masterplan, writes Kate Nelson.  The consultation period for the redevelopment of Crystal Palace Park, the biggest planning application Bromley council have ever r

FURIOUS residents have slammed a council for ignoring their views about a £67.5million park masterplan, writes Kate Nelson.

The consultation period for the redevelopment of Crystal Palace Park, the biggest planning application Bromley council have ever received, has been extended after protests from residents.

German developers Latz and Plan say the scheme would open up an extra 43 acres of parkland and improve existing facilities such as the sports park.

But members of Crystal Palace Community Association (CPCA) are against plans to include 200 flats on the site. CPCA chairman John Payne said: "Bromley council has largely ignored residents' points of view. The council want to get around £13million for the land but I bet that money has already gone on so-called consultation fees. The whole process has been extraordinarily confusing. They extended the consultation period because we put them under pressure. The application is 11,000 pages long. Surely they know that will take longer than a few days for people to mull it over. It's a huge development which will take 10 to 50 years to come to fruition. It's ridiculous that there was only a few weeks for people to object to it."

The CPCA accused the London Development Agency (LDA), which submitted the 11,000-page planning proposal and Bromley council of trying to shroud the plans from residents. Representatives from the CPCA took a petition with 7,000 signatures to City Hall in June 2006. A council spokesman said: "The council informed residents by letter, by site notices , by press adverts and by a news release. Information is also available on the council's website. "

Residents can put their objections to the council by May 31. katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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