Freeman’s Wood update 5th July 2012
For those people at the meeting at the community centre on Sunday, we said that we would update people about what happened at the cabinet meeting concerning the situation of Freemans Wood and Coronation Field in the local plan. Previously, planners were intending to lump Freemans Wood and Coronation Field together in a way that would allow SATNAM (the potential developers) to propose a project that would potentially mean that they could build houses on Coronation Field and then create a new playing field on the Freemans Wood land.
From the cabinet meeting it seems that things have changed now in that this is not now the case and that Coronation Field and the adjoining Council woodland has been taken out of the potential development area. It is still not totally crystal clear but we will have time to be completely sure about it before the Full Council meeting on July 18th. We need to read the document very thoroughly and maybe add a sentence to finally seal the situation up. The good news is that we seemed to have political agreement from Labour cabinet members (and, we suspect, from other political parties) on the need to protect Coronation Field So, as it stands, there doesn’t seem to be a need for any lobbying at the moment.
Once the planning situation has been dealt with, then the Friends of Freemans Wood and Coronation Field group will need to consider what it wants to do next. One possibility is to start work on getting Freemans Wood into public and/or community ownership. We have the Marsh Community Centre booked for Sunday 15th July at 6pm for the next meeting. Please come if you want to be involved and to take back control of your community!
Cllr Tracey Kennedy
Cllr Jon Barry
Cllr Melanie Forrest