P152 - South London
Headlines - Park protection victory
claimed - 14 September
2004, South London Press (Trinity Mirror Plc 2004)
CAMPAIGNERS are claiming victory in a long running fight to protect part of a popular park. A Government inspector has ruled that the top site of Crystal Palace Park should remain a public park and can only be used for development in special circumstances.
The site was previously earmarked for the construction of a cinema complex.
Developers would now need to satisfy strict criteria to be given permission to build on the site. Crystal Palace Campaign chairman Ray Sacks said the new ruling was a victory for his group which has been critical of Bromley council over its plans for the site.
"We believe this is the ribbon on the trophy in terms of the protection of the site."
A spokesman for Bromley council said it welcomed the decision.
He said the status would not necessarily prevent developers from building on the land.
"People would have to demonstrate in planning applications very special circumstances. It is possible planning permission could still be granted."
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