Disabled housing association had 'no idea' about plans to build five-a-side pitches behind complex (From Harrow Times)
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Cherry Tree Court had 'no idea' about plans to build five-a-side pitch behind disabled housing complex in Kingsbury
The chief executive of a disabled housing association in Kingsbury is angry that she was not told about proposals to build new five-a-side pitches behind the complex.
Cherry Tree Court, in Boakes Close, houses adults with a physical disability or impairment and is situated behind Kingsbury School, in Roe Green in a “scenic” conservation village.
The High School is hoping to enter a £1.5m deal with Goals PLC to build eight Astroturf football pitches on their site, as well as a bar area which will be open until 11pm. Villagers say that the proposals, which are subject to planning permission, will "wreck the peace".
Hazel Kaye, the Chief Executive of Cherry Tree Court, is angry that the school or Goals PLC did not inform her about the proposals or invite her to a consultation meeting two weeks ago.
She said: “It’s very insensitive that they didn’t even bother to tell us, because the proposals are really going to affect the residents living here.
“I find this behaviour very unprofessional, that’s not the way for a supposed respectable company to act.”
Mrs Kaye only found out about the plans whenRoe Green Residents Association campaign co-ordinator, Debbie Nyman, contacted her to ask for her views.
People living in the flats all lead an independent lifestyle, but a housing manager is available on-site if needed.
Mrs Kaye, who has been the chief executive for seven years, said the pitches would be very disruptive to the tenants.
“Everybody living here has a physical disability or impairment, and the noise levels created from the football game until 11pm at night will be really disturbing.
“Knowing that there will be people drinking in the bar until 11pm at night is also going to put them on edge. That could affect their disability if it means they can’t get to sleep at night.”
She accused Goals PLC and Kingsbury High School of being “insensitive” to the needs of the complex’s vulnerable tenants.
The Chief Executive is now supporting Roe Green Residents’ Association in their campaign to stop planning permission for the pitches being accepted.
When the Harrow Times contacted Goals PLC to find out why Cherry Tree Court had not been informed, Mark Jackson, planning and development manager said: “I thought they had been invited.”
Glen Pearson, who works for Kingsbury School, said that only stakeholders were invited at the informal and early stages of the development.
He added: “The meeting two weeks ago wasn’t a proper consultation, just an evening of engagement.
"We wanted to show any major stakeholders what we thought of our plans and in light of any feedback, could change them before the planning stage.
“We couldn’t send mail to everyone over something informal. We just spoke to the residents’ associations assuming they would speak on behalf of others.
"It would be impractical to send a mail to everyone in the area, because where do you draw the line?”