Cat Hill campaign leader confident of victory next month

Enfield Independent: Campaigners opposing the development plans at Cat Hill Campaigners opposing the development plans at Cat Hill

The leader of the Cat Hill campaign is certain the planning permission for 260 new homes being built on a former university campus will be rejected next month.

Kim Coleman, who has been fighting against the proposed development on the Middlesex University campus in Cat Hill for the last year, spoke defiantly at a meeting for more than 250 people opposing the plans on Thursday evening.

The decision for the future of the Cat Hill site will be decided at a planning meeting at 7.30pm on March 7 at Ashmole Academy Hall in Cecil Road, Southgate.

She said: “We are going to win. If you don’t believe that we have a chance of winning I would not have given the last year of my life - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to this campaign.

“We are winning and we are making L&Q’s lives a misery.”

She said it is important for all the people fighting the controversial plans to show their support to the Cat Hill campaign by attending the hearing.

The meeting, at the Church of Christ the King in Bramley Road, Oakwood, lasted for more than two hours and addressed ten key complaints from the opponents.

The opponents raised their concerns regarding the risk of increased crime rates if more people move to the area and the added pressure it would bring to the transport links in Enfield and Barnet, which the campaigners suggest are already filled to capacity.

Councillor Henry Lamprecht (Con, Southgate Green), who is an agent to MP David Burrowes, is firmly opposing the plans.

He said the battle is not yet won and opponents to the housing plans need to write to the council to persuade them not to grant planning permission to the housing association.

Mr Lamprecht, who is a former member of the Enfield planning committee, stressed the importance of all opponents to write letters to the council to encourage them to reject the plans.

He said: “It is really your last chance and your only chance so make sure to write to the council. Bug them to vote against the plans.

“If the plans go through there will be some new houses, but a huge amount of rabbit hutches. If you wanted to live in little boxes in the city we would be living in central London.

“The only way we are going to do this is by standing united and making our voice heard.”

He said the letters, if only a line long, should be written to show the council how concerned the people living near the site are if the houses are built.

The housing association, which already owns the land, are fighting to change the use of the site from educational to residential.

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