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broomfield park wetlands plan

The project to create a wetlands area in Broomfield Park is to be discussed at the meeting of the Enfield Council Planning Committee on 25 September.

wetlands location

The wetlands site in the SE corner of the "top field"

The proposed scheme is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Improved surface water quality via replenishment through the creation of wetland treatment cells (the surface water drainage network for this area flows towards Pymmes Brook further downstream);
  • Increased biodiversity by creating habitat for a variety of wildlife;
  • New amenity feature in the park; and
  • Reduce flood risk through the storage of water following extreme rainfall.

An objection was received from the London Park and Garden Trust, who consider that the harm caused to the heritage asset (in this case, the appearence of parkland outside the walled area) would not be outweighed by the benefits, which they consider unproven.  The Enfield Conservation Advisory Group also object to the scheme on the same grounds.

Further serious concerns have been raised by Historic England and in a letter from Colin Younger, chair of the Broomfield House Trust.  These objections and concerns are set out in some detail in the Planning Committee Report.

Despite these objections and concerns, council planning officers are recommending that the scheme be approved.

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Colin Younger posted a reply #4062 20 Sep 2018 12:46
To be clear, I'm not objecting to the scheme. My concern is that an area of one hectare is to be covered to a depth of half a metre with spoil from the excavation, without an prior investigation of that area. What proposed is an archeological watching brief of the excavation area, which is fine, but there's nothing about the area to be buried.
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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #4073 26 Sep 2018 22:44
The planning committee meeting on Tuesday night reportedly refused planning permission for the proposed wetlands scheme in Broomfield Park.

Hopefully, someone who was at the meeting can provide more details...
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Colin Younger posted a reply #4078 27 Sep 2018 00:44
I attended the Planning Committee on the 25th September which considered this proposal. Full details of the application can be found on the Planning Committee website.

governance.enfi...33.RE4.pdf

In addition to the strong concerns raised by Historic England and the Parks and Gardens Trust, Councillors questioned whether there was a flooding risk which the proposal claimed to alleviate. None could recall any past flooding, or see any risk which justified this scheme.

There were also unanswered questions about how the wetland would be maintained: the report noted that this would be beyond the capacity of the Friends of Broomfield Park, and there was no identified Council funding for maintenance.

SUDs schemes in Forty Hall had fallen in to disrepair and were overgrown, and ones in Town Park appeared not to be working properly.

The conclusion was that the scheme was damaging, unnecessary, and not sustainable, and it was therefore rejected.

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