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Dear Friends,


The Planning Application for the extension of Ingrebourne Hill northwards towards Albyns Farm was published on Havering Council's website on 2 September 2014. It can be viewed by following the link below:


http://planning.havering.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=33,1026&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Enter the application number P1066.14. This gives a brief overview and the application in full can be viewed by following the 'View Documents and Plans' tab. 


In summary, the application states that it is anticipated that the proposed works will take 2-3 years to complete. Operations will take place between 07.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday and 07.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays. There will be no works on Sundays or Bank Holidays.  It is anticipated that there will be an average of 100 lorry loads of of inert material delivered to the site each day, so 200 lorry movements per day.  Access for the lorries will be via the Rainham Road entrance to Ingrebourne Hill, opposite Travis Perkins, near to Dovers Corner roundabout.


The public will be excluded from the site during this time, with bunds created around the boundary edges to reduce noise disturbance and visibility of the ongoing works. On completion of the works, the area will be landscaped and then opened to the public as soon as practicable.  The application states that the proposals will merge Ingrebourne Hill and Hornchurch Country Park, provide additional access between the sites and increase its bio diversity through additional woodland and wild flower meadow planting, creating a pleasing environment for the public to experience.   


The period for providing comments upon the application to Havering Council expires on 23 September 2014.  Given the potential impact of the proposals upon the Park, the Friends Group Committee believe that representations should be made on behalf of our members.


As you are aware, we have been in correspondence with both Havering Council and the applicants, Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, regarding the proposals for some time now.  That correspondence is continuing, but the Committee remains to be convinced that the case for the need for the works in the first instance has been made.  Additionally, the Committee is concerned that the Leader of Havering Council had provided an assurance that a year long environmental survey would be required before any planning application could be submitted.  However, the Ecology report submitted as part of the application is based on just a single days field survey, in November 2012, and does not address the impact of the proposals on a number of protected species known to be present or using the site and the adjacent Ingrebourne Marshes SSSI.  We understand that additional reports have been made, but these are yet to be published.


Given the tight deadlines for a response, it has been decided to hold a General Meeting for Members on Monday 15 September 2014 between 19.30 and 20.30 at the classroom in Albyn's Farm Depot, (off the Southend Road entrance to the Park).  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the application in more detail and hold a vote for members to elect whether the application should be supported, opposed or whether no representations should be made.  If you wish to attend, please do let us know so that we can make appropriate arrangements.  We would also welcome your comments and queries on the proposals by email prior to the General Meeting.


If you cannot attend the meeting we would obviously still very much welcome your views and there is also the opportunity for you to register your vote by using the Voting Form


If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on admin@ingrebournevalleyfriends.org.  As ever, we will keep you informed of developments.



Best wishes


Dave Cook


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