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Millicent Grove / Cherry Blossom Close Open Space

Published Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Enfield Council Statement on the future of Millicent Grove / Cherry Blossom Close Open Space.

Fairview Homes built the housing on Millicent Grove and Cherry Blossom Close, as part of the arrangement (a section 106 agreement), when they built the estate they were asked to develop a floodlit synthetic grass sports pitch and changing facilities. Planning permission was granted for the synthetic grass pitch.  It was anticipated that the synthetic pitch would be hired to groups wanting to run organised sporting activity.   At the time that the estates were built it was considered that there was a need for this sort of facility at this location.

The Council recently conducted a consultation at the local primary school and later over two days at the venue during the February half term.  This consultation was to understand if the residents of Cherry Blossom Close and Millicent Grove wanted the floodlit synthetic grass sports pitch and changing facilities or if they wanted an alternative.

The alternatives in the questionnaires where:
  • A play area
  • A floodlit synthetic grass sports pitch
  • A multi use games area
  • A play area and multi use games area
  • A play area and marked out football pitch
  • A play area, football pitch and multi use games area  

The Results:
The Council had 100 responses from people who live in the Cherry Blossom Close and Millicent Grove accommodation and the headline response was that :38% of respondents wanted ('a great deal')  a play area
  • 34% of respondents wanted ('a great deal')  a multi use games area
  • 33% of respondents wanted ('a great deal')  a play area and a multi use games area
  • 40% of respondents did not want an Astroturf pitch at all.

Now that we have found out the opinion of the residents we will be able to approach Fairview Homes to open negotiations to see if they are agreeable to changing the planned floodlit synthetic grass sports pitch and changing facilities to what residents want. Officers will negotiate with a view to getting a play area and multi use  games area.  

Depending on the outcome of these negotiations Council Officers will work with Fairview to change the planning consent that has previously been granted.

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