Local developments

Meadowview Road ("LESSA") - June 2014

Residents are probably aware that the playing-field in Meadowview Road is not in use. When the then developers of the site gained planning permission for the new houses and flats in what is now Meadowview Road (formerly the LESSA Sports and Social Club), the planning inspector required that the remaining playing-field should be used for children's field sports. However, the current owners have rejected several approaches from local organisations expressing interests in using the playing-field for this purpose.


We are concerned that local children are being denied the use of this facility, which was one of the justifications for the planning permission. Our Chairman raised our concerns with Merton Council Planning Department.


The response is below. 


To:       John Elvidge,Chairman

From:    Neil Milligan, Building & Development

Control Manager, LBM

Date:    11th June 2014


Re:       LESSA 

We have no powers to force the developer to allow the land to be used for field sports.  We only have powers to prevent them from using the land for alternative purposes.  Currently with the land being fenced off, they are preventing the land from being used for anything.  We can’t stop them from doing this.  We have reminded them of their requirement to maintain the field, in its current state, in accordance with the condition.  

Of course I appreciate local residents are concerned about the future of the site and officers have met Bellway to try and negotiate a solution. However, they are not being particularly cooperative and you will no doubt be aware local Councillors have also tried.

For a previous article on this development click here.


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