Anger at Muswell Hill planning decision secrecy

Local Liberal Democrats have called on Haringey Council to open up a controversial planning decision in Muswell Hill to the public. Cllr Jonathan Bloch has written to the chair of the committee asking that a decision is made by members after it was revealed that the fate of developments on the North Middlesex Cricket Club site on Park Road will be decided behind closed doors.

Considerable disquiet about plans for the cricket ground has been voiced by the Crouch End Open Space Society (CREOS) and local residents who believe that any decision should be taken in a full session of the planning committee rather than as a delegated decision which would be taken without public involvement.

The site has been the subject of controversy after the owners of the pavilion breached planning laws and was forced to remove structures erected without planning permission.Local residents are now keen to have as much say as possible in any future decisions about the site.

Permission is now being sought to install football pitches and tennis courts.

Cllr Jonathan Bloch (Muswell Hill) comments:

“No decision of such local significance or one on a site which has been subject to so much controversy should be taken behind closed doors.

“Local residents need to have involvement in this decision. I hope that the chair will see the light so this decision can be made in full public gaze.”