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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Campaigners against plans for homes at the former Lakenham Cricket Ground are to hold a protest today outside a public inquiry which will determine the site’s fate.
City councillors decided in February to turn down plans for 75 homes for the old cricket ground site, off Carshalton Road, once the home of Norfolk cricket.
But applicant Serruys Property Company, which wants to demolish the former cricket pavilion and provide a football pitch, allotments and a children’s playground, appealed.
That means a planning inspector will judge whether the council’s decision was right and make a recommendation to the secretary of state as to whether to allow the appeal or not.
The reasons for rejection given by the council were that the loss of the pavilion would be “detrimental” to the “local distinctiveness” of Lakenham, that there was not “adequate” compensation for the loss of open space and that it was likely to increase traffic.
The two-day public inquiry begins today and members of the Lakenham Cricket Ground Resident’s Association appealed to people to join their demonstration outside City Hall at 9.30am, half an hour before the hearing starts.
Terry Dunning, chairman of the association, said: “The land is designated as urban green space and we believe that it should be developed to retain the open space so that sports facilities can be provided as was the original intention of the Colman family.
“The provision as proposed by the developers no way compensates for the loss tennis courts, bowing greens and football pitch.
In a document explaining their case, Lanpro state: “The buildings on the site do not reflect the character or ‘local distinctiveness’ of the area and are not worthy of preservation”.
They say “substantial” public open space would be provided.