Havering Council deputy leader amends local plan to protect borough’s parks

PUBLISHED: 15:38 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 July 2017

Wildlife enjoy Bedfords Park. Picture: D Tothill 2009/Havering Council

Wildlife enjoy Bedfords Park. Picture: D Tothill 2009/Havering Council

D Tothill 2009/Havering Council

Havering Council took a bold step forward to reassure members of the community worried that wind turbines will one day be installed beauty spots.

On Wednesday, July 12, the council unveiled its draft local plan which sets out its vision and framework for future developments in the borough.

The plan incorporated guidance for any private developers who submit proposals for wind turbines in Havering to help the council meet its ambition of reducing carbon emissions.

More than 200 sites, including some of the borough’s parks were classed as areas where applications for wind turbines could technically be submitted.

But at a cabinet meeting last night, deputy leader of the council, Cllr Damien White, took action to reassure community campaigners who said they would fight any proposals.

A council spokesman said: “Cllr White tabled an amendment to the local plan to emphasise that the council has no intention of developing wind turbines at Dagnam Park, Bedford’s Park, or any other park.”

Bedford’s Park user, Phil Wailing who previously criticised the draft plan welcomed the news.

“I’m extremely pleased that the borough’s parks and nature reserves will not be subjected to any wind turbines,” he said.

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