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Plans for Heath road are 'crazy'

PUBLISHED: 15:03 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 September 2010

Katie Davies A PLAN to turn a Hampstead Heath path into a road for construction lorries dismissed as crazy by residents and Heath users alike has now been thrown out by a City of London committee. Developers of Fitzroy Farm put forward proposals to use

Katie Davies

A PLAN to turn a Hampstead Heath path into a road for construction lorries dismissed as "crazy" by residents and Heath users alike has now been thrown out by a City of London committee.

Developers of Fitzroy Farm put forward proposals to use the path from Millfield Lane to the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath to carry heavy goods vehicles needed for the scheme.

But the idea of lorries driving through the Heath and a raised boardwalk for pedestrians - which would be built to replace the path for walkers - was dismissed by the consultative committee made up of Heath organisations on Saturday.

John Weston, the Heath and Hampstead Society member who sits on the committee, said: "It is a pretty mad plan - they wanted to put a boardwalk through the nature reserve, an area of the Heath which has been left untouched for 50 years where there are grass snakes and breeding birds.

"It would have gone through the area where users of the ladies pond keep their bikes."

The committee papers also pointed out the boardwalk would be close to Kenwood Ladies Pond Meadow and would be "likely to reduce the privacy of this popular sunbathing facility".

The plans were turned down by the committee but will be finally judged by the Heath management group on January 26.

In January last year, Isle of Man-based developer Millament won permission to redevelop the farm by demolishing it and replacing it with a new property with a two-storey basement.

In May Camden Council refused plans for the developer to use Millfield Lane for construction traffic because of the danger to pedestrians, and this latest scheme was meant to be a better alternative. The impasse which now exists between developers and residents highlights why many people protested against the scheme in the first place.

Michael Hammerson from the Highgate Society said: "We need to look at why this development got permission originally despite everyone's objections and despite the fact the only access seems to be from the Heath."

The Ham&High were unable to contact Millament.

Camden Council failed to

comment.


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