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Campaigners against the housing development at Cat Hill are moving closer towards a judicial review as there fight goes on
Enraged protesters are planning to take legal action to foil housing development at a disused university site.
Plans for more than 230 homes at the former Middlesex University site in Cat Hill, Southgate have been given the go ahead, however campaigners are not giving up the fight.
The group have called upon legal teams who will be sending a ‘pre-action protocol’ letter to the planning department at Enfield Borough Council and the Mayor of London’s Office advising them that if the application is not overturned, the campaigners will seek a judicial review.
This comes after Enfield Council issued a formal notice giving housing association London & Quadrant (L&Q) the all clear to redevelop the former university campus.
Leader of the protesters Kim Coleman of Mansfield Avenue, Barnet, is confident that despite the latest setback, they will prevent this from going ahead.
She said: “We have worked tirelessly to get the right decision and we will not give up now. Our barrister is 98 per cent certain we can get the decision revoked and we will be pursuing this to its rightful end.”
The case will cost the protesters £20,000 and they have so far raised £12,000 of that total.
However, the letter to residents from Ms Coleman states that although this maybe very costly, it is a small price to pay in comparison to the ultimate cost of the development.
The housing association defended its plans. Andy Rowland, L&Q’s land & projects director, said: "The ecological impacts of our scheme were considered by Natural England and the Environment Agency and by the council’s own specialists. None of those bodies raised any objections to the approach which has been taken.
"L&Q’s plans have been thoroughly scrutinised by officers of Enfield Council and the Greater London Authority, and were considered in detail by councillors and the Mayor of London before receiving their approval.”
Mr Rowland also revealed that he was pleased that Enfield council had given the all-clear.
He said: “We are very pleased to have now received formal planning approval from Enfield Council. Our contractors are on site preparing for a development that will create 231 well-designed homes that match the character of the local area. We will carefully adhere to the commitments that we made in the planning process.
“As long-term stewards of the Cat Hill ponds, we will implement a 25-year woodland management plan to conserve valuable mature and veteran oak trees across the site and encourage native woodland species, further improving the diversity and value of the woodland habitat for wildlife.”
Enfield Council has declined to comment.
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