FURTHER OBJECTION TO PLANNING APPLICATION 2089/16
Further to the earlier objections of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA), we now urge that this planning application is rejected outright on the grounds that the revised plans for diverting Bridleway 94 are not only dangerous and would invite criminal activity, but that the ‘indicated right of way’ referred to as a means of flight track (above) to the west in the statements from the Metropolitan Police is non-existent, and the indicated route of it as shown on Brett Tarmac Limited’s ‘FP94 - Revised Diversion Plan’ (see here) is totally unsuitable.
The AHDA was initially uneasy about approval of the Metropolitan Police being reliant on the fact that that there would be a suitable means of flight track to the west. Having now fully explored the route of this apparent flight track, we are convinced that if anyone were to be attacked on the Bridleway, they would have grave difficulty in using the flight track to escape from any miscreant or miscreants over heavily waterlogged ground and ditches (which do not show up to their full extent in the photographs referred to below).
As evidence of this we have created this PDF of a section of Brett Tarmac's plan showing the western side of the diverted Bridleway, which is annotated with numbers referring to the nine photographs also attached. These were taken on Wednesday 11th January 2017. The recent inclement weather has had a serious effect on the fields over which the flight track would run; the wet ground under foot, and the body of water that crosses it, would dramatically slow down any person attempting to escape from an attack. The distance from the Bridleway to the nearest road is at least a quarter mile, over fields that are not overlooked.
It is the view of the AHDA that these photographs prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the means of flight track is totally unsuitable. In the knowledge that at least one murder, three rapes and one serious sexual assault have taken place in this area, and that the fields over which the means of flight track would run are used by nefarious characters for unlawful purposes, such as drug taking and sexual activity, we would urge that the application is rejected. It should also be noted that in early 2016 a suicide took place in the lower western corner of these fields (see here), and the Metropolitan Police officers in attendance at the time stated that the seclusion of this area was why it was chosen by the 33-year-old man taking his own life.
We would also draw attention to the fact that that the triangular piece of land that leads from the red brick culvert in photograph 9 (below) up to Footpath 97 was purchased by a developer a while back. In view of this there would need to be a formal agreement in place if this land was to form part of any strategic right of way as part of the means of flight track.
We have forwarded a copy of this statement together with the attached plan and photographs to Tom Notley, Designing Out Crime Officer, Metropolitan Police Service, requesting that he reconsider his decision, on behalf of the Service, to approve the application.