Network Rail intend to build the mast under a legal power called Permitted Development which allows construction without seeking planning permission or having to consult the local community. Local residents received no information from Network Rail and there has been no consultation.
Now, local people are coming together to oppose the mast which, if built, will obstruct the views across London from Norwood Park, one of the treasures of our community. The views from Norwood Park and the Upper Norwood area across to central London are protected from new building by planning policy but Network Rail is exempted from these rules. However, a similar campaign against a mast at Sternhold avenue in Streatham was backed by local Labour councillors in Thornton ward and, after a lengthy legal battle which went all the way to the Secretary of State.
Councillors Jenny Brathwaite, Niranjan Francis & Matthew Bennett are speaking with our member of the London Assembly, Val Shawcross, local MP, Tessa Jowell, Lambeth planning officers and the local community to try and find out further details on the mast and our rights with regards to the protected views from Norwood Park. Cllr Jenny Brathwaite has put a detailed post on Virtual Norwood.
Campaigners from the local community will be meeting at 2:30pm on Saturday 8th January at the entrance to the park on Finch Avenue to show the press the local opposition to Network Rail’s plans & all who are interested in being involved are very welcome to show their support.