Residents Crowdfunder appeal over Sydenham Hill estate plans

A Crowd Justice account set up by residents to fight development plans needs to raise just under £3,000 in the next three days to get over their latest legal hurdle.

The Save Sydenham Hill Ridge campaign organised by the Friends of Mais House overcame its first legal hurdle early this month when they raised an initial £7,000 target, needed to instruct the legal team to proceed with the action to see if there was a case for a judicial review.

They say on the Crowd Justice website: “We are thrilled to have made our initial Crowd Justice target. “Thank you for supporting and sharing our campaign to challenge a planning decision that will be so detrimental to this unique environment.

“Our lawyers received the responses from Lewisham and The City of London and filed the claim in court where it was issued and has been served on the defendant. “Lewisham and The City of London are required to respond to the court with their grounds for defence by 26th January 2021. “A Judge will then consider whether there is an arguable case and make a decision on granting permission for judicial review.

“We are now actively fundraising to reach the £12,000 stretch target to cover a potential claim for costs from the other side and enable us to begin moving on to the next stage, which will be to consider any grounds of resistance.

“Your support is hugely appreciated.”

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From their website:

The community living on Sydenham Hill Ridge welcomes the development of the City of London Sydenham Hill Estate for social housing. We believe in building good quality, environmentally friendly social housing that will last well into the future.

However, the huge increase in density sets to impact the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure and the natural environment, reducing the much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London. We raised money to fund the initial advice of a solicitor. Following that advice, we are now raising funds to seek the opinion of Counsel.The approved planning application can be seen HERE

Friends of Mais House are a community of residents living on and around the Sydenham Hill ridge.

On their Crowdfunder website ‘Save Sydenham Hill Ridge’ Friends of Mais House say:

In November 2020, Lewisham granted planning permission for the development of 110 units on the site of Mais House and Otto Close garages. The huge increase in density in such an environmentally sensitive location, sets to impact the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure  and the natural environment, reducing the much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London.

In November, we raised money to fund the initial advice of a solicitor. Following that advice, we are now seeking to raise an initial target of £7,000, to seek the opinion of Counsel.

  • TREES: Locals have recently won a planning decision to prevent the Cox’s Walk oak trees from being felled. This is huge and shows what we can do when we work together.A beech and catalpa (Indian bean) tree are two of the many under threat from the Mais House development. Nineteen trees will be felled and many more severely pruned. Well used green space will be lost, precious to both the wildlife and the community, particularly the children.  Please help spread the word and share with your friends and networks. Every donation, like and share makes a difference and is truly appreciated. Thank you!

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