Mak­ing a stand to save the green belt

Plot of land put up for sale sparks protest move

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

YOUNG, old and equine came to­gether to stand against fu­ture de­vel­op­ment on green belt land in Hayes.

Res­i­dents wor­ried about the pos­si­ble loss of the open space ral­lied to­gether stick­ing ‘Save Hayes Park Home Farm green belt land’ posters around the area to show would-be buy­ers they mean busi­ness.

A 145-acre plot of land that was put up for sale and listed on Right­move, has at­tracted so much in­ter­est it will be sold by a sealed bid­ding process.

73-year-old Deanna Lines of Mel­low Lane East has lived in var­i­ous streets around the fields since she was six. She said: “It’s my past, it’s my way of life that I’ve been brought up around. I can re­mem­ber as a child be­ing able to play in the fields, when it was long grass with cows in the field.”

Mrs Lines went to Meadow Lane School and has many fond mem­o­ries of the fields, and would be “dev­as­tated” if they were to be built on.

She added: “I’d rather stay as it is – green belt – with the horses on it now be­cause there’s sta­bles all around the field. I don’t want to see houses or schools built on it be­cause we’ve got enough schools in this area.

“There’s an­i­mals, foxes, birds, horses, there’s even wild cats. Why take that away from them? Why take the fresh air away from the kids?

“When I look out the win­dow I see fields and I’ve had that all my life.

“The mes­sage to those want­ing to buy the land is: don’t even think about it, you can buy it but don’t build on it. Leave it as it is.”

To make a stand against the loss of green belt, crowds of res­i­dents op­posed to de­vel­op­ment came out in force and were even joined by horses and riders from lo­cal sta­bles. Caro­line Don­nelly, Founder of Friends of Hayes End, an ‘in­for­mal res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion for peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in and around Hayes End’, said: “I have to say I was blown away by just how many peo­ple turned up to take part, which just goes to show the strength of feel­ing within the lo­cal com­mu­nity that this area is one that needs to be pre­served and main­tained as Green Belt.

“There is so much re­de­vel­op­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion go­ing on in the rest of Hayes at the mo­ment, and that is great to see and should bring great eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

“How­ever, none of us want to live in a con­crete jun­gle, and pre­serv­ing Home Farm’s green belt sta­tus should pro­tect against that and en­sure the res­i­dents of Hayes End and Charville have open spa­ces to en­joy for many more years to come.”

The Home Farm and land at Hayes Park is listed for sale with Bid­wells, as a whole for £5,450,000 or can be par­tially pur­chased in one of five sep­a­rate lots.

Bid­wells said they are un­able to give spe­cific de­tails about buy­ers but added: “We can con­firm that there has been a lot of in­ter­est in this site.”

The fi­nal block view­ing ses­sion for the land was yesterday (Tues­day) and the sale of the plots will be con­cluded by sealed bids on Thurs­day Septem­ber 24.

n RAL­LY­ING: Ryan, Si­cily, Kur­sharm and Monet

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