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Website update 30.10.16

Udney Park Playing Fields

As you will be aware, the playing fields were purchased by the Quantum Group from Imperial College in 2015. Since then Quantum have been trying to persuade Teddington of the benefits of its proposal for a care home, together with enhanced sports facilities for the community.

The planning group has always opposed any loss of sports facilities at Udney Park and supports the work of the Friends of Udney Park Playing Fields (FUPPF) in resisting any form of development.

The land’s formal designation is as OOLTI (Other Open Land of Townscape Importance). It is now also an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The Friends of Udney Park Playing Fields (FUPPF), jointly with Teddington Society, have also put in an application for a Local Green Space (LGS) designation under the current review of the Local Plan. These designations offer different levels of protection for land, but it’s fair to say that the LGS would be considered close to Green Belt status. It is designed to offer protection against development for green areas that are particularly important to a local community.

The Local Plan Review has also been an opportunity for Quantum to propose that the fields be formally allocated for at least partial development. Their case is that this is private open land in private ownership “with only limited and occasional third party use”, that is not maximising its potential. In reality we all know that there has been extensive use, by clubs and schools.

The latest responses to the Local Plan Review can be seen via the Local Plan links on the Council’s website.

At some point over the next couple of months, Quantum will submit a planning application, so we need to keep an eye open for that, while also being ready to respond to the next consultation stage of the Local Plan Review in December/January.

PS The Planning Group would welcome a couple more members. We meet every six weeks to discuss both planning applications and larger proposals such as Udney Park. A property background is not important, just an interest in the way that Teddington develops in the future. If any Teddington Society members would like to know more, you can email me at james@sinclairprojects.co.uk.

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