The part of Crow Lane Green Spaces that lies within the Conservation Area is that bounded by Hazel Brook, Henbury Road and the boundary of Henbury Court Primary school playing fields. It is known locally as the Wilderness.
The Parks Dept has no management plan for the Wilderness other than keeping the paths clear. One result is a multitude of saplings which threaten the last of what was open agricultural land when Henbury was surrounded by farms.
In order to prevent the permanent loss of most of the 119 plant species, 6 butterfly species, etc. identified in a study carried out in 2009 by John Burton these saplings must be removed. Thus we have agreed witht the Parks Dept. that a team of say, four, volunteers will work alongside Council employees to eradicate the saplings.
The information below has come from the secretary of Wesley Action Group, Andrew Nunn. WAG was formed to protect the green areas around Wesley College.
As you will be aware the Planning Application to build 11 houses on the former Wesley College Sports Field submitted by Northover Developments Ltd was refused by the City Planning Committee in December 2013. However we are certain that this will not be the only attempt by this developer to fill the field with houses. They are no doubt awaiting the final decision of the Governments Planning Officer to allow the site to remain within the Site Allocation and Development Management Policy Local Plan document (SADMP). From the initial findings of the Inspector’s review back in November he has indicated that it should be removed. If however it remains in the policy document it will preclude any development until at the earliest 2026 when the document comes before the Council for review.
As a group of residents, WAG is totally opposed to this field and surrounding woodland being covered with cement, bricks and tarmac to the sole purpose of lining the pockets of the developer and we are now concentrating our efforts to try and persuade the Planning Inspector that the site should remain within the policy document. To this end we have a small window of opportunity to submit to the Council our reasons as to why this important open space should be retained. The City Council are accepting submissions up to the deadline of 24 February 2014 for residents and interested groups to place their reasons with them to enable a robust response to the Planning Officers initial findings that the site should be removed from the document. Hopefully if a substantial number of submissions are sent in this will assist the Council immensely.
The area in question can be seen here:
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If you consider that we really must give a priority to keeping the green space we have, particularly in view of what South Glos are doing to the area north of the railway line and /or have other objections to removing the SADMP designation for the area please send you comments by the deadline of 24th February to:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Strategic Planning Team, Bristol City Council, 2nd Floor Brunel House, St George’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UY.
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John Burton has been studying the area for nigh on 20 years. He has published a report which includes 119 different plant species as well as listing birds and butterflies seen in the area. The text of the report can be viewed here