D-day approaches for controversial plans to build on Mansfield Bowling Club

Councillors will vote on whether plans to turn a bowling club in Highgate into a leisure centre and

Councillors will vote on whether plans to turn a bowling club in Highgate into a leisure centre and eight homes will go ahead - Credit: Archant

Plans to build a new sports facility and eight new homes on a bowling green in Dartmouth Park are set to be debated by councillors tonight.

The owners of Mansfield Bowling Club in Croftdown Road submitted an application to Camden Council to demolish its outdoor bowling rink and develop the site, which is designated private open space.

In May planning officers at the local authority recommended the proposals be rejected, citing concerns over building on private open space and a lack of affordable housing.

Around 190 letters of objection have been received by Camden Council, while a number of local community groups, including the Mansfield Neighbours Group and the Highgate Society, have formally opposed the development.

Highgate councillors Maya De Souza and Sally Gimson have also submitted formal objections.

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The club wants build a leisure centre, a new indoor bowling club and eight three-storey houses. It has appointed leisure group Fusion Lifestyle to run the proposed new leisure centre, which would offer exercise classes and four indoor bowling lanes.

More than 200 letters in support of the application have been sent to the council and disability group Action for Blind People is backing the application.

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The proposals will be discussed by members of the development control committee at 7pm in the Town Tall in Judd Street, King’s Cross.

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