Accepting this project will set a borough wide precendent to give away more open land and allow excessive development on Ealing's few remaining open spaces that belong to residents not corporate entities.
Warren Farm needs to remain open not only for competitive corporate sport but for those that enjoy peaceful, recreational and quite access to the OPEN field at Warren Farm, not just for residents that indulge in sport, nor closed off and owned by a corporate identity.
The Need for open spaces
POSSIBLE AREAS OF OBJECTION ARE:-
1. The Planning Application consultation period of 3 weeks is far too short for a planning application of this magnitude. Please extend the consultation period to suit this new Major Application.
2. The fencing and security for the development will extinguish the established public right of way running from the main entrance to Warren Farm on Windmill Lane, along the road to the existing changing rooms and on to the 5-bar gate leading to the railway and Jubilee Meadow. This path has been in existence for many generations as can be seen on historic maps. This public footpath, although diverted in 1930, continues to be used and has been in regular use by many local people for more than 30 years.
3. The new footpath and internal access road beside Windmill Lane is shown to run over the entire length of the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) (see; 16 - 42144593705937009_4558-POP-EW-00-MP-A-XX-1016.PDF). This stretch of land has never been farmed so as to provide a small but significant habitat for wildlife including Little Owls and its loss is unacceptable.
4. Some of the buildings are 2 and 3 storeys high reaching a height of 10.5 metres. Buildings of this height are not suitable for protected Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).
5. The importing of the waste material to level the field will require 150 HGV truck movements for 10 hours per day (one every 4 minutes) for 8 months (see document; 07 - 20152105130603421434689446894S14-226 QPR Importation Scheme Statement 11 05 15.PDF). This is unacceptable for the people living in Windmill Lane. Reports from similar activities in Southall Lane have caused serious disruption to resident’s lives and damage to property.
6. To level the field, the lower areas by the railway line are to be built up with land-fill to a height of 5 metres. This will create an oppressive hill overlooking Jubilee Meadow and Trumpers field despoiling the open countryside environment.
7. Windmill Lane is already congested at rush hour and extra HGV lorries turning in and out of the site will only make it worse.
8. The flood lighting will disturb the nesting and breeding of the birds and other wildlife in the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC). Whilst causing unecessary light pollution for local residents.
9. The additional vehicle and pedestrian entry point will also cut through the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC).
10. Two thirds of the land, designated as Community Open Space, are allocated to a commercial organisation rather than to the community.
11. The community pavilion is no longer adjacent to the community pitches but is at some distance away.
12. The provision of 550 car parking spaces is far too many for Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).
13. The 5 metre high earthworks will overwhelm the mature trees and nature habitat beside the railway.
The images below are taken from documents; ‘15 - 42144593155931508_4558-POP-EW-00-MP-A-XX-1014.PDF’ and ‘03- 201521051306024214346892468924558-POP-EW-SE-MP-A-XX-1302.PDF’ and illustrates the height (up to 5 metres) and location (beside the railway) of the massive earthworks required to level the field.
Current open view and access to our land as residents of Ealing.
When attempting to visit Warren Farm in the future (if the plans go ahead) you will be met by this 5m high earth wall below, built to facilitate the needs of the new Corporate tennant the other side. No more free access - loss of view - ACT NOW
These earthworks will form a new hill overshadowing Jubilee Meadow and Trumpers Field. The existing chain link fence is 2.4 metres in height so the earthworks will may be twice that. Chain link fence is almost invisible from a distance but earthworks are not.
The illustrations above show how the internal road is planned to run over the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC).
The top picture shows the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) running below the dotted red line down to the road. The development plans shown below indicate that a new road, footpath, carpark and other developments will be built on the SINC which is supposed to be protected for wildlife habitat.
“ It is one of the ironies of our urban life that some of the most valuable land has no buildings on it. Open space doesn’t just add value, it can create it. Using open space as a catalyst for regeneration and revival is broadly accepted but achieving great design and functionality requires both sophistication and creativity.
Cities need to understand what the space is for and how it will be used. Perhaps the most celebrated example recently is the Hub in London's Regents park, which changed dramatically from the first concept as it became clear how important a role it could play within the community.”
Jeremy Newsum, Chairman, Urban Land Institute and Executive Trustee, the Grosvenor Estate