Response to Jeff Endean, Sara Caton Council Officers & Steve Burton of SherryGreen Homes – sent on 9th May 2017:
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to meet with us since the deferment of this planning application on 29th September. We were glad of the opportunity to engage with you, and the Developers and Architects as a result of the Councillors supporting the Community’s request for a Deferment in order for you to address the concerns raised regarding this site.
Having considered your new ‘design’ proposals for the open spaces on the Old Tidemill School site extensively, we feel that your efforts to ‘compensate’ for the loss of the former school garden’ are inadequate and something that we are simply unable to support. The Garden is just too valuable an asset for Deptford to lose, and what you are offering as an alternative, which amounts to nothing more than a highly designed pathway, between Reginald Road and Frankham Street is woefully insufficient.
We believe that the Garden, or in the minimum at least a substantial portion of it (85-90%) can, and must be accommodated within the current plans for the on-site development. Sadly, you have made it very clear that this is not something you are prepared to even consider. A re-hash of old plans for a couple of open public spaces, and re-designation of community land to private land on the Site, is not acceptable to the Community, and does not constitute genuine consultation.
We feel strongly that what has been offered is not an opportunity for the community to truly collaborate, as the design proposals are, in reality only for a small strip of public realm (as described above). We are disappointed that there has not been a real debate about the future use of the garden. Thus, we feel further meetings would realistically be in nobody’s best interests. That being said, we would be more than happy to meet with you again if you are willing to look again at the spaces on the Site with the Community to agree where the new housing builds could go in order to save 85-90% of the wildlife/nature garden.
Finally, and leaving aside the issue of outstanding information, much of which we have now received (we will be in contact later this week regarding any outstanding points raised to date), we hope that it will be possible for constructive lines of communication via email to remain open. This is important to us, as we have not given up on the hope of reaching a genuine solution to the problems surrounding the Tidemills development before a return to the Strategic Planning Committee.
A reminder of the 5th Voice4Deptford Public Meeting, on Tuesday 7th February 2017 – 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Venue: Armada Centre, Deptford.
Representatives of the Paxton School, have accepted an invitation to attend.
They a bidding for the Primary School, on Convoys Wharf, as Free/Academy.