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Raynes Park Playing Fields - Oct 2015

Copy of email from RPWBRA to Merton Planning Dept; 05/10/2015  

Planning Application 15/P3360 Raynes Park Playing Field Alteration to Condition 8
to Planning Permission for application 14/P3466

Please accept this email as Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents Association's official objection to PA 15/P3360 re change in start of playing time from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

I note from Planning Explorer that this application was dated 14th September and the closing date as 2nd September. Even if this is a misprint for 2nd October, the usual 21 days would expire today, 5th October. In practice the application was not in the public domain until the Weekly Planning list for 18th September appeared on Merton's website late on 21st so I hope you will accept our objection as being lodged within the time allowed.

In Condition 8 of the permission for PA 14/P3466 the timing is given as 9.00 - 21.30 for Sundays and Bank Holidays. The reason stated is to safeguard amenities of the surrounding area. 

Planners may recall that local residents were seriously concerned  about the noise factor and it would seem that this Condition was imposed precisely to deal with with noise early on Sunday and Bank Holiday mornings.

We therefore object to PA 15/P3360's change to an 8.00 a.m. start as Grand Drive residents adjacent to the car park behind their properties would be likely to suffer noise from 7.30 a.m. as young people, staff, parents and friends arrive on any Sundays and Bank Holidays during the next 10 years.

We would suggest that the All England Lawn Tennis Club waits to see how their establishment works before pressing for alterations to planning consent. We would suggest allowing a 12 month delay which would give local residents and planners time to consider any implications based on experience.

Jan Bailey, Co-Hon Secretary, Raynes Park & West Barnes Residents Association

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