Apr 1 2011 By Jack Griffith
Inland Homes was granted permission to build 60 homes on in Minet Drive, Hayes - but opponents are up in arms. Front in red John McDonnell MP and local resident Brian Duffy.
A PLOT of land previously home to sports pitches and a thriving Working Men's Club will become a housing estate, despite opposition from locals.
Inland Homes was last week granted permission to build 60 homes on the disused plot in Minet Drive, Hayes.
A dozen residents turned up for the planning meeting last Tuesday (29), and Councillor Lynne Allen (Townfield, Labour) made an impassioned plea to the planning committee calling on them to knock back the proposals and give it back to local people.
She said: "I am appalled at this application. The needs of the community has not been mentioned once, and that is because these developers have never tried to communicate with people living in the nearby Garden Village estate."
The 1.7 hectare site was previously home to the Hayes Working Men's Club, and the pitches were used by under 9s playing for the Glenister Youth Football Club. The clubhouse was brought down in 2006, and the area has been gated off ever since.
Fred Hall, who has lived in Minet Gardens for more than 30 years, told the Gazette: "When the hall was knocked down, it really came out of the blue. Only two weeks before it was in full use, as busy as ever, and suddenly it was gone. Since then, it has just been sealed off.
"Our children have to play it the streets because there is nowhere for them to go, and more and more of the open areas in Hayes are getting built on. It sad to see."
Two previous plans for the site were knocked back, and subsequent appeals in 2009 refused because of the loss of recreational open space.
To address this, Inland Homes first looked to lay replacement pitches on the Albion Road green, but this was ditched after a resident consultation revealed strong dissent.
The pitches will now be put on Grassy Meadows, also known as St Mary's Fields in Church Road, and Councillor Allen accused developers of 'pitting parts of the community against each other', for not running another consultation.
Despite reservations from members of the panel, the plans for the vast estate were approved in a split vote.
Councillor Judy Cooper said: "We are between a rock and a hard place with this, and given the fact that this is private land and all the conditions have been met, I don't think we have any options left."