[Announce] Fwd: House redevelopment on edge of Alexandra Gardens

Carina O'Reilly carinaoreilly at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 16:57:41 GMT 2018

Hi John, Andy, and everyone,

I’m hoping to get an extension to the comments period beyond Friday - I’ll
let everyone know if I succeed, but I probably won’t know until after
Friday as the planning officer is away. I’ve also submitted objections
directly to Planning. Please do add your comments to the objections on the
portal if you can!

All the best,

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:59 PM, John Lawton <john at lawton.me.uk> wrote:

> An urgent message from Andy Davey of the Friends of Alexandra Gardens -
> you may remember their previous battle to prevent pollarding of trees on
> the edge of the park.
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: House redevelopment on edge of Alexandra Gardens
> Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:47:03 +0000
> From: Andy Davey <daveycartoons at gmail.com> <daveycartoons at gmail.com>
> To: trees at andydavey.com
> Dear Friends
> This has reached you because at some point in the last 7 years you have
> expressed an interest in preserving the character of Alexandra Gardens
> (mainly the trees) and have given us your email address.
> The primary reason for writing is that a house on the edge of the Gardens
> (the old park manager's house in fact) on Carlyle Road is under threat of
> redevelopment into 8 studio/bedsit flats. Aside from the building, a couple
> of trees in the grounds of the house are threatened and building work would
> occur over the root area of the magnificent plane at the top of the
> Gardens. This may affect its health. The house owner's architect has
> decreed these trees to be of low-medium value, whereas we are fully aware
> that the valuation of (at least) the plane trees is actually considered to
> be very high.
> However, the trees are not the primary objection to the plans. The
> proposed building is a large three-storey mass, replacing a rather modest
> house that presently fits the space. The house has been allowed to
> deteriorate to a point where the owner claims that it is beyond repair. In
> fact the civil engineer's report does not state this. The plans were
> submitted over the Christmas break, presumably to attempt to get them
> passed without a public fuss. It all seems a rather cynical attempt to make
> a profit at the expense of the Gardens.
> You may or may not support the redevelopment. I am not really speaking on
> behalf of the Alexandra Gardens Tree Group in this matter, but simply
> passing on a concern raised by one of our group who objects strongly to the
> plans. I'm afraid it's rather urgent - the deadline for comments on the
> Council website is Friday (26th) but they may close it early on that day.
> If you want to make your views heard, please go here and fill out the
> online form; https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/
> applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=P0UK5VDXHJL00.
> If that does not work, go here https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/
> online-applications/, enter the reference number in the box as 17/2161/FUL and
> then sign in. You only have one day!
> --
> Andy Davey
> 07831 535982
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