Residents around Tyson Road and Honor Oak Rd have been involved in a long-running campaign to prevent a developer building 84 flats on land behind the Christian Fellowship Centre. The Council had originally rejected the planning application but the developer appealed and a hearing was set for March 5th.
However, we now learn that the developer has withdrawn his appeal.
No reasons have been given. Perhaps the Developer had decided that they were likely to lose the appeal. In planning law, losing an appeal is a very bad thing, as it can prejudice future planning applications.
Certainly, a declaration by the Inspector that either the site had a high environmental value or that it should be preserved as open space would have been fatal to any high density development.
Of course this won't be the end of the story and we’ll be keeping a close eye on this.
The area concerned is parkland behind 15 to 17A Tyson Road and 39 to 53 Honor Oak Road.