Plea for more protection for Heath

HEATH bosses want more protection in the wake of last week s victory against developers plans to send trucks down a rural lane. A scheme that would have seen hundreds of trucks passing along the tranquil Millfield Lane to a building site at Fitzroy Farm

HEATH bosses want more protection in the wake of last week's victory against developers' plans to send trucks down a rural lane.

A scheme that would have seen hundreds of trucks passing along the tranquil Millfield Lane to a building site at Fitzroy Farm was thrown out on appeal.

But with more battles lying ahead for conservationists and residents, Hampstead Heath Management Committee chairman Bob Hall wants more support from authorities.

He said: "Rejection of the appeal is very good news. Millfield Lane is safe for the time being. However, the threat of inappropriate development still exists.

"As a matter of urgency, we have to establish a planning protocol which will ensure that the legitimate interests of the Heath are properly protected."

Isle of Man-based company Millamant still has permission to transform Fitzroy Farm house into a mansion with double basement and swimming pool.

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It is expected to return to the table with another plan to get the go-ahead to start work.

Michael Hammerson, of the Highgate Society, backed up Mr Hall's calls for more protection.

He said: "It has got worse since Camden brought out their latest unitary development plan because they dropped the old policy to protect the fringes of the Heath.

"We think they should bring it back.

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