Hall Lane Mini Golf – Planning permission granted (Post updated 12 July 20)
On the 9th July, Havering Council’s Strategic Planning Committee met to determine the Outline planning application for 37 properties on the Hall Lane Mini Golf.
Cranham Ward Councillors spoke against the proposal along with a representative from WS Planning Architects and Lynden Alexander. Objections made it very clear that the proposal was contrary to local, London and national policies. However, Councillors Ray Best, Timothy Ryan, Maggie Themistocli, Dilip Patel and Keith Darvill voted in favour of granting outline planning permission; Councillor Linda Hawthorn put a motion forward to refuse the motion with the support of Councillors Graham Williamson and Reg Witney.
Ward Councillors made representation to the Secretary of State and are currently waiting for the official outcome.
In 2019 in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 122(1),(2A), Havering Council published a notice for the ‘Appropriation of land at Hall Lane, Upminster’, Upminster Mini Golf site. This would remove the site from recreational to development space but didn’t progress. Now the outline planning has been approved, an ‘Appropriation’ public notice will be expected.
This will be followed by the sale of the site to Mercury Land Holdings Ltd. who are not developers, with the expectation the land will be sold on again to developers, who may submit new plans.
We will endeavour to keep you posted on each phase of the process through the Bulletin, our website and social media.
We are sure that many of you will agree with us, that this is an appalling decision and an incredibly sad outcome for Hall Lane Mini Golf site, with a huge loss of character and ecology for the area.
Cllrs Gillian Ford, Linda Van den Hende and John Tyler