Farm Terrace Allotment campaigners plan to launch second legal challenge

Watford Observer: Farm Terrace Allotment campaigners plan to launch second legal challenge Farm Terrace Allotment campaigners plan to launch second legal challenge

Campaigners are planning to launch a legal challenge for the second time against proposals to concrete over West Watford allotments.

Farm Terrace Community Association has announced it is aiming to take the Government’s decision to allow Farm Terrace Allotments to be built on as part of the health campus development to judicial review.

The group already prompted the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to reconsider its approval for Watford Borough Council to build on the 118-year-old site by starting judicial review proceedings last year.

However, just before Christmas, Mr Pickles granted the council permission for a second time.

Today the association said it was raising funds to take the decision to judicial review again.

Andrew Moore, Chairman of the Farm Terrace Community Association, said "We believe that Watford Council and the Secretary of State are putting profits before the healthy lifestyle offered by allotments.

"We have always believed that this decision was illegal and immoral and now we plan to prove it in the High Court. We are working with a legal team that is extremely highly regarded including a very well established Queen’s Counsel."

The allotments had previously been protected in the longstanding health campus scheme, which aims to redevelop land behind Vicarage Road with a new hospital and homes.

However, in 2012 Watford Borough Council voted to include the allotments saying the land was necessary to make the scheme viable for developers. Current plans will see around 700 homes built on the land as well as space for a new school.

Details of the hospital aspect of the scheme remain unclear and will not be outlined until West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust finalises its clinical review, which could take up to 18 months.

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3:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

fugu says...

Quite right too now that we've been told that the 700 houses will be built but the hospital redevelopment may never happer. The whole reason for sacrificing the allotments was to make the hospital redevelopment viable. Now the truth is out, "Health Campus" is just the name of a housing development unbundled from the much needed update to the hospital's facilities.
Quite right too now that we've been told that the 700 houses will be built but the hospital redevelopment may never happer. The whole reason for sacrificing the allotments was to make the hospital redevelopment viable. Now the truth is out, "Health Campus" is just the name of a housing development unbundled from the much needed update to the hospital's facilities. fugu

3:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

crazyfrog says...

so now the Hospital rebuild has been all but knocked on the head why are they still building houses ? What's going on ? Something isn't right here it really isn't.
so now the Hospital rebuild has been all but knocked on the head why are they still building houses ? What's going on ? Something isn't right here it really isn't. crazyfrog

3:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

dontknowynot says...

Wishing Save Farm Terrace every success here
Wishing Save Farm Terrace every success here dontknowynot

3:36pm Thu 6 Feb 14

#UKMum says...

How many houses does WBC intend to build in Watford in the new Housing Campus? How long is a piece of string?
How many houses does WBC intend to build in Watford in the new Housing Campus? How long is a piece of string? #UKMum

3:38pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right.
Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford

3:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Maceo & Fred says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right.
Thanks Phil. Please take a look at our website and feel free to leave a donation to help our legal fight - http://savefarmterra
ce.wix.com/savefarmt
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[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right.[/p][/quote]Thanks Phil. Please take a look at our website and feel free to leave a donation to help our legal fight - http://savefarmterra ce.wix.com/savefarmt errace Maceo & Fred

4:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

fugu

At someone said sometime ago, this Health Campus is like a Trojan Horse for a housing project which the way things are moving could mean a clinic in 18 months time when they review hospital provision if they intend to close Hemel and St Albans presumably to fund a brand new super health campus.
fugu At someone said sometime ago, this Health Campus is like a Trojan Horse for a housing project which the way things are moving could mean a clinic in 18 months time when they review hospital provision if they intend to close Hemel and St Albans presumably to fund a brand new super health campus. Cuetip

4:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Maceo & Fred wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right.
Thanks Phil. Please take a look at our website and feel free to leave a donation to help our legal fight - http://savefarmterra

ce.wix.com/savefarmt

errace
Nice one - will do.

I hope everyone else does too.
[quote][p][bold]Maceo & Fred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: Best wishes to Farm Terrace campaigners. You are fighting for what is right.[/p][/quote]Thanks Phil. Please take a look at our website and feel free to leave a donation to help our legal fight - http://savefarmterra ce.wix.com/savefarmt errace[/p][/quote]Nice one - will do. I hope everyone else does too. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford

5:08pm Thu 6 Feb 14

crazyfrog says...

What about the croxley link for the metropolitan line is this still happening now the hospital is going to be left to rot?
What about the croxley link for the metropolitan line is this still happening now the hospital is going to be left to rot? crazyfrog

7:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Karen England says...

I attended the consultation about the so-called Health Campus on 18th January. I stayed for about an hour and a half, and the weight of opinion of the visitors that I heard talking about the main talking point on display- a large map of the site -was definitely negative. The comments posted on the 'comment tree' board were similar - the majority of comments bemoaned the loss of the allotments, the huge over development in terms of houses, and the effect on traffic that would be generated. Yet the Mayor's newsletter this week talks of feedback being overwhelmingly positive. I can't reconcile this with what I saw. I hope the Council officers will be diligent in analysing and reporting the results of the consultation, which they promised would be published on the health campus website. Or is this yet another PR exercise? I would be interested to hear whether anyone else who attended also felt there was a lot of negative comment.
I attended the consultation about the so-called Health Campus on 18th January. I stayed for about an hour and a half, and the weight of opinion of the visitors that I heard talking about the main talking point on display- a large map of the site -was definitely negative. The comments posted on the 'comment tree' board were similar - the majority of comments bemoaned the loss of the allotments, the huge over development in terms of houses, and the effect on traffic that would be generated. Yet the Mayor's newsletter this week talks of feedback being overwhelmingly positive. I can't reconcile this with what I saw. I hope the Council officers will be diligent in analysing and reporting the results of the consultation, which they promised would be published on the health campus website. Or is this yet another PR exercise? I would be interested to hear whether anyone else who attended also felt there was a lot of negative comment. Karen England

8:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

crazyfrog says...

Karen England wrote:
I attended the consultation about the so-called Health Campus on 18th January. I stayed for about an hour and a half, and the weight of opinion of the visitors that I heard talking about the main talking point on display- a large map of the site -was definitely negative. The comments posted on the 'comment tree' board were similar - the majority of comments bemoaned the loss of the allotments, the huge over development in terms of houses, and the effect on traffic that would be generated. Yet the Mayor's newsletter this week talks of feedback being overwhelmingly positive. I can't reconcile this with what I saw. I hope the Council officers will be diligent in analysing and reporting the results of the consultation, which they promised would be published on the health campus website. Or is this yet another PR exercise? I would be interested to hear whether anyone else who attended also felt there was a lot of negative comment.
Consultation haha that's a joke and everybody knows it. Just remeber that consultation at the ballot box.
[quote][p][bold]Karen England[/bold] wrote: I attended the consultation about the so-called Health Campus on 18th January. I stayed for about an hour and a half, and the weight of opinion of the visitors that I heard talking about the main talking point on display- a large map of the site -was definitely negative. The comments posted on the 'comment tree' board were similar - the majority of comments bemoaned the loss of the allotments, the huge over development in terms of houses, and the effect on traffic that would be generated. Yet the Mayor's newsletter this week talks of feedback being overwhelmingly positive. I can't reconcile this with what I saw. I hope the Council officers will be diligent in analysing and reporting the results of the consultation, which they promised would be published on the health campus website. Or is this yet another PR exercise? I would be interested to hear whether anyone else who attended also felt there was a lot of negative comment.[/p][/quote]Consultation haha that's a joke and everybody knows it. Just remeber that consultation at the ballot box. crazyfrog

2:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John Dowdle says...

The more this process unravels - with Dorothy Thornhill and Samantha Jones publicly expressing differing viewpoints - the more it becomes apparent there is a degree of the back-of-a-fag-packet about this project.
The actual number of housing units has varied wildly over time; the very future of Watford District General Hospital is now seemingly in doubt; and we have no concrete proposals about the nature of the spuriously named heath campus.
When I mentioned the health campus to someone outside Watford, they assumed that there would be a training school on-site, next to the hospital, for nurses, anesthetists, surgeons and doctors, etc.
I had to say I did not think this was intended and that it was only going to be housing and light-industrial development.
Their response: Then why call it a health campus?
The more this process unravels - with Dorothy Thornhill and Samantha Jones publicly expressing differing viewpoints - the more it becomes apparent there is a degree of the back-of-a-fag-packet about this project. The actual number of housing units has varied wildly over time; the very future of Watford District General Hospital is now seemingly in doubt; and we have no concrete proposals about the nature of the spuriously named heath campus. When I mentioned the health campus to someone outside Watford, they assumed that there would be a training school on-site, next to the hospital, for nurses, anesthetists, surgeons and doctors, etc. I had to say I did not think this was intended and that it was only going to be housing and light-industrial development. Their response: Then why call it a health campus? John Dowdle

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