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Plans to turn entrance to Old Farm Park into access road for ‘much-needed’ 60-home development will be discussed this week

PUBLISHED: 12:22 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:22 22 May 2017

The access to the park opposite Hollies Avenue, on Old Farm Avenue could be transformed into an access road

The access to the park opposite Hollies Avenue, on Old Farm Avenue could be transformed into an access road

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The council’s planning committee will review an outline application

An application outlining proposals for 60 homes to be built on Old Farm Park in Sidcup will be discussed this week.

Under plans, the eastern half of the park will be replaced with 30 flats across three apartment blocks and 30 two, three and four bedroom houses.

Proposals for 122 parking spaces in the development were described as “ridiculously high for the area” by one respondent, who added it will “encourage car ownership and add to existing excessive traffic levels.”

The application also covers the creation of a new road which would see the entrance to the park on Old Farm Avenue, opposite Hollies Avenue, turned into an access road for residents and developers.

But some neighbours to the park, which backs onto the Sidcup-London railway line, have raised concerns in the planning document put to councillors.

Residents warned “the designation of the park as open space should be respected and the park should not be built on, it is well used by children and adults”.

Respondents went on to urge the council to use brownfield land as a priority, also highlighting the environmental issues of building over a park.

One response reads: “The park is a haven for wildlife, trees and plants which will be lost if the park is built on.”

Responding to the loss of open space, the council document reads: “Sidcup area is well served by public open space and Old Farm Park can be brought forward to provide much needed new housing in the borough.”

Under proposals, the western half of the site will be improved with, according to the council, “new pathways, water features, formal and informal play space, new planting and outdoor fitness equipment”.

A spokesperson from the council said: ““If the application receives outline planning approval at planning committee this Thursday, further details of the development, including the design and layout of the residential units, will be submitted in due course.”

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