News in 2006:

Barker Bombshell for Bromley and Government
Appeal Lords rule - you got it wrong

8 December 2006

Bromley given flawed advice by Officer
On 6 May 1999 at a full Bromley Council meeting, over six hundred people, concerned at the damaging environmental effects of building a huge multiplex on Crystal Palace Park, witnessed Bromley Chief Planning Officer, Stuart Macmillan, advise councillors and officers present that, "An environmental assessment is an irrelevancy."
[For transcripts of the 6 May 1999 meeting, see Acrobat / Word]

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Read the full text of the R v. LB Bromley exp Diane Barker judgement Read the background to this case from the latest CPCA Newsletter

Tramlink to run through the Park?

2 October 2006

Double track tramlines could cut a swathe of up to 9 metres through the ParkIf the proposed Tramlink extension to the bus station at Crystal Palace Park goes ahead, it will cut through the Park – whichever one of three proposed routes is accepted.

TfL is proposing three routes: “on-street”, “off-street” (euphemism for “through the Park”) and “hybrid”.

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Capel Manor are refused planning permission to  turn Crystal Palace Children's Farm into a
 further education college 25 September 2006

On 21 September 2006 Bromley Council's planning committee refused Capel Manor's planning application to change the Crystal Palace children's farm into a further education college.

Invited by the LDA, Capel Manor planned to establish a training centre providing courses in animal care, arboricultural practices and horticulture - but no children's farm, as promised by the LDA.

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365 days a year entertainment and alcohol licence  for 200 acres of parkland

The new Park Events Manager Vijay Luthra and the London Development Agency (LDA - the business and development arm of the GLA) have applied for the Grant of a Premises Licence at Crystal Palace Park.

This licence would permit, amongst other things, the sale of alcohol anywhere within the Park. The consequence of this application should not be underestimated.

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Sign of the Times!

31 July 2006

This hoarding has recently appeared in Crystal Palace without any planning permission

First it was the unwitting layman falling foul of the planning laws, then the unscrupulous developer saw the loophole, and now it seems even the London Mayor has taken advantage.

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Turn Again Livingstone - Mayor of London

26 July 2006

In a dramatic U-turn the London Development Agency (LDA), the London Mayor's development and regeneration arm, announced in a news release (18/7) that they would not be building a new state-of-the-art sports facility in Crystal Palace Park.

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7,000 signatures can't be wrong!

14 June 2006

On Wednesday 14th June we went en masse to City Hall to present our petition with more than 7,000 signatures to the Mayor of London, asking him to stop the sell-off of land within Crystal Palace Park for private housing, commercial and retail development which would set a precedent for public parks and open spaces throughout the country.

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Build on brownf ield sites, not parkland

15 February 2006

CPCA member Richard Francis' letter concerning the possible loss of green space in the Park was published in The Daily Telegraph, and is reproduced below:

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