Broadfields Residents Association launch petition to save Bury Farm, Edgware

Times Series: The land makes up three per cent of Barnet's greenbelt The land makes up three per cent of Barnet's greenbelt

Neighbours have rallied together to protect an 800-year-old farm dubbed the “lungs of Edgware” to save it from becoming a golf course.

Thousands of people have signed a petition to save Bury Farm, Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware, from being leased to private owners to build the golf course.

It first opened in the 1200s and was sold to All Souls College, Oxford, in 1442 - who have now submitted a planning application to Barnet Borough Council to change the use of the land.

The 1,370 strong petition, launched by Broadfields Estate Residents Association, has been backed by Hendon and Golders Green MP Matthew Offord and GLA Member for Barnet Andrew Dismore.

Mr Offord said: “It is as if they are getting rid off Edgware’s jewels. It’s the lungs of Edgware but now it faces an uncertain future - that doesn’t seem fair.”

Even though the land makes up three per cent of Barnet’s greenbelt - it has no protection due to a legal loophole.

Under the proposals, farmer Stuart Hunter could lose 100 of the 200 acres he has leased for the past 15 years - potentially leaving around 70 horses at the farm homeless.

Residents association vice chairman Ralph Simon, 62, said: “At the moment we can walk through here unhindered.

“It’s one of our best assets and it would be a real shame to lose it. I don’t want this to be the end of our farm - it’s a beautiful, picturesque and peaceful patch of greenbelt land.”

The main access road to the golf course will be on the A41 - and there are plans to add a third lane to the two-lane road to include a right-turn facility.

Freelance journalist Ruth Bloomfield, 43, said: “It would cause traffic chaos and turn the road into an absolute nightmare.

“It is a 60mph zone but if they narrow the road to add a third lane, it could cause all kinds of accidents.

“This is not needed here - there are already 21 golf courses in the area.”

Dog walkers, runners and cyclists regularly use the footpath and the area is home to dozens of rare birds, bats, grass snakes, badgers and slow worms.

Since 1975, there have been six failed planning applications on the land - including for a nursery school, a leisure centre, a hypermarket, a hospital and two other golf courses.

Residents association member Leon Malins, of Hartland Drive, said: “It’s an unbelievable area of intrinsic beauty, but we don’t know why the college keeps piling more planning applications on top of it.

“We’ll do all we can to save it.”

A spokesman for All Souls College said: “We think this is a recreational use very much within planning policy regarding the greenbelt.

“It will bring many new jobs to the area and the applicant is a company which manages many golf courses. It has done a full environmental assessment.

“It has also worked with Transport for London (TfL) to gain full support.”

To sign the petition, click here.

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3:05pm Tue 22 Oct 13

nlygo says...

unsure how a golf course with all that grass as well as new trees can affect the 'lungs of Edgware'
unsure how a golf course with all that grass as well as new trees can affect the 'lungs of Edgware' nlygo
  • Score: -9

6:13pm Tue 22 Oct 13

shirleykosky22@gmail.com says...

a golf course will enhance the entire area, regardless of how many others exist, and it is up to an idividual if they want to pay fees for the privilige at least they are not asking for benefits towards them, there are also other routes to walk around the area and the horses will not be homeless as there is plenty of land. The green belt will stay a green belt. good luck to those wanting to turn the area into a golf course.
a golf course will enhance the entire area, regardless of how many others exist, and it is up to an idividual if they want to pay fees for the privilige at least they are not asking for benefits towards them, there are also other routes to walk around the area and the horses will not be homeless as there is plenty of land. The green belt will stay a green belt. good luck to those wanting to turn the area into a golf course. shirleykosky22@gmail.com
  • Score: -24

7:06pm Tue 22 Oct 13

a.horses says...

What a disgusting idea! All Souls college you are being selfish. Do you realise that 21 golf clubs aren't overly sucessful anyway? Also shirleykosky22@gmail
.com, what are you on about? The horses will have no fields to go in and graze. Do you have any idea or experience in how summer and winter fields work?
What a disgusting idea! All Souls college you are being selfish. Do you realise that 21 golf clubs aren't overly sucessful anyway? Also shirleykosky22@gmail .com, what are you on about? The horses will have no fields to go in and graze. Do you have any idea or experience in how summer and winter fields work? a.horses
  • Score: 14

7:17pm Tue 22 Oct 13

RalphS says...

Nlygo - How will it affect the lungs of Edgware?
245,000 cubic metres of landfill on green belt land is the commercial reality of the development. The golf course on top is just the enabling factor. Horses (many very old), cyclists and walkers (who have walked across the farm tracks for many decades) will no longer be able to do so. If the golf course goes ahead, next year, the 800th anniversary of the first recoded settlement on the land, would probably be the last.

The non-existent business case (other than landfill).
There are 21 other 18 hole golf courses within 5 miles. Collectively they have a membership shortfall of over 1500. Apparently 20 years ago, there was a waiting list of 70,000 for golf club membership in SE England. Now there about 140,000 vacancies.

A change of pattern.
3 or more existing local golf courses have or are planning landfill projects on their existing golf courses - for the money. The difference here is that the land is actively farmed, a home for horses & green belt.

The development phase.
As far as I understand it will be 4 - 6 years with 12,000 or more very large lorryloads of landfill accessing from the single carriageway on the A41.

Unhindered, I, a local Edgware resident, have routinely filled my lungs with clean air, feasted my eyes on the gorgeous vista and satisfied my heart for 36 years walking that land.

Are you now sure?
Nlygo - How will it affect the lungs of Edgware? 245,000 cubic metres of landfill on green belt land is the commercial reality of the development. The golf course on top is just the enabling factor. Horses (many very old), cyclists and walkers (who have walked across the farm tracks for many decades) will no longer be able to do so. If the golf course goes ahead, next year, the 800th anniversary of the first recoded settlement on the land, would probably be the last. The non-existent business case (other than landfill). There are 21 other 18 hole golf courses within 5 miles. Collectively they have a membership shortfall of over 1500. Apparently 20 years ago, there was a waiting list of 70,000 for golf club membership in SE England. Now there about 140,000 vacancies. A change of pattern. 3 or more existing local golf courses have or are planning landfill projects on their existing golf courses - for the money. The difference here is that the land is actively farmed, a home for horses & green belt. The development phase. As far as I understand it will be 4 - 6 years with 12,000 or more very large lorryloads of landfill accessing from the single carriageway on the A41. Unhindered, I, a local Edgware resident, have routinely filled my lungs with clean air, feasted my eyes on the gorgeous vista and satisfied my heart for 36 years walking that land. Are you now sure? RalphS
  • Score: 22

7:00am Wed 23 Oct 13

Mr. Datchery says...

If they haven't done so already can I advise the campaigners against this golf course to look up the judgement in a similar case; Cherkley Campaign Ltd, (R o.t.a ) v. Longshot Cherkley Court Ltd, Haddon-Cave J, 22 August 2013 . Two quotes from the judgement might amount to a useful precedent

" ...the planning system is not just about facilitating “business” but requires a proper assessment of the public interest. "
"The developers argued that proof of private “demand” for exclusive golf facilities equated to “need”. This proposition is fallacious. The golden thread of public interest is woven through the lexicon of planning law, including into the word “need”. Pure private “demand” is antithetical to public “need”
http://ukhumanrights
blog.com/2013/09/24/
judge-quashes-exclus
ive-golf-course-deci
sion-and-why-we-need
-judicial-review/

"Golf is a good walk spoiled".

Mark Twain
If they haven't done so already can I advise the campaigners against this golf course to look up the judgement in a similar case; Cherkley Campaign Ltd, (R o.t.a ) v. Longshot Cherkley Court Ltd, Haddon-Cave J, 22 August 2013 . Two quotes from the judgement might amount to a useful precedent " ...the planning system is not just about facilitating “business” but requires a proper assessment of the public interest. " "The developers argued that proof of private “demand” for exclusive golf facilities equated to “need”. This proposition is fallacious. The golden thread of public interest is woven through the lexicon of planning law, including into the word “need”. Pure private “demand” is antithetical to public “need” http://ukhumanrights blog.com/2013/09/24/ judge-quashes-exclus ive-golf-course-deci sion-and-why-we-need -judicial-review/ "Golf is a good walk spoiled". Mark Twain Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 13

8:04am Wed 23 Oct 13

a.horses says...

Well, no, actually one of the rudest people I've come across. And you never answered my question anyway.
Well, no, actually one of the rudest people I've come across. And you never answered my question anyway. a.horses
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Hunted999 says...

Well done the campaigners seeking to protect one of the Borough's loveiest green space.

Surprised and delighted to see Matthew Offord getting behind this campaign - valueing a civic amenity over business. What a shame he didn't have this mindset over the closure of The Church Farmhouse Museum which he washed his hands of. Someone more cynical than me might suggest that a General Election is on the horizon.

Since the museum is still lying empty Matthew why not get on to The Council about re-opening that as well. Might be a vote winner.
Well done the campaigners seeking to protect one of the Borough's loveiest green space. Surprised and delighted to see Matthew Offord getting behind this campaign - valueing a civic amenity over business. What a shame he didn't have this mindset over the closure of The Church Farmhouse Museum which he washed his hands of. Someone more cynical than me might suggest that a General Election is on the horizon. Since the museum is still lying empty Matthew why not get on to The Council about re-opening that as well. Might be a vote winner. Hunted999
  • Score: 18

3:26pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

The proposal to use Edgwarebury Farm for this purpose is simply scandalous: we should be preserving the unique and historic landscape of this beautiful place, not tearing it apart, destroying the entire historical and ecological context, filling it with landfill waste, and covering it with yet another ugly and superfluous golf course. There are big profits to be made by the developers, of course, paid to get rid of such landfill, and then create a facility already in plentiful demand in this area. If he wants to do this, let him find a site more suited, in a less sensitive location.

Edgwarebury is a settlement far older than All Souls College: the link with the Roman site at Brockley Hill should be argument alone against any vandalism of the nature suggested by this proposal. Time for residents to speak up, and oppose this development with no effort spared.
The proposal to use Edgwarebury Farm for this purpose is simply scandalous: we should be preserving the unique and historic landscape of this beautiful place, not tearing it apart, destroying the entire historical and ecological context, filling it with landfill waste, and covering it with yet another ugly and superfluous golf course. There are big profits to be made by the developers, of course, paid to get rid of such landfill, and then create a facility already in plentiful demand in this area. If he wants to do this, let him find a site more suited, in a less sensitive location. Edgwarebury is a settlement far older than All Souls College: the link with the Roman site at Brockley Hill should be argument alone against any vandalism of the nature suggested by this proposal. Time for residents to speak up, and oppose this development with no effort spared. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 12

8:16am Fri 25 Oct 13

james smyth says...

The lungs of edgeware.........How dramatic!!
How can it be healthy to fill your lungs with the smells of horses plops and even though they may have use of all those fields their riders still persist in plodding along the road,they would get most upsett if I started to drive across their fields in my range rover!
The walkers can still walk,just diversify,take up golf,then you will still be able to walk around the fields.
The horses wont be homeless at all,what poppycock whoever said that,talk about emotional blackmail,think they maybe need councilling to keep their emotions in check.
The horses may well be "stableless" and "fieldless" but there will be other stables for them to go as well as fields.
I think it is a splendid and welcoming community idea to build a Golf course,it will bring the community closer together.What a great social outdoor activity.
Tee up!!!
The lungs of edgeware.........How dramatic!! How can it be healthy to fill your lungs with the smells of horses plops and even though they may have use of all those fields their riders still persist in plodding along the road,they would get most upsett if I started to drive across their fields in my range rover! The walkers can still walk,just diversify,take up golf,then you will still be able to walk around the fields. The horses wont be homeless at all,what poppycock whoever said that,talk about emotional blackmail,think they maybe need councilling to keep their emotions in check. The horses may well be "stableless" and "fieldless" but there will be other stables for them to go as well as fields. I think it is a splendid and welcoming community idea to build a Golf course,it will bring the community closer together.What a great social outdoor activity. Tee up!!! james smyth
  • Score: -7

6:50pm Fri 25 Oct 13

a.horses says...

james smyth. Please explain where they will go and as I told someone else where is the room for: medical field, summer(big) field, square field, strip field, pony field, colt and filly field, winter field x2 for both mares and geldings. There will not be enough room atall and Some people are unable to afford golf. So yes, there walk will be ruined! I suggest people think about what they comment unless they know the exact routine at Bury farm of how fields work.
james smyth. Please explain where they will go and as I told someone else where is the room for: medical field, summer(big) field, square field, strip field, pony field, colt and filly field, winter field x2 for both mares and geldings. There will not be enough room atall and Some people are unable to afford golf. So yes, there walk will be ruined! I suggest people think about what they comment unless they know the exact routine at Bury farm of how fields work. a.horses
  • Score: 3

6:55pm Fri 25 Oct 13

NoToMob Member says...

This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses.
There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys?
This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses. There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys? NoToMob Member
  • Score: 4

10:59pm Fri 25 Oct 13

a.horses says...

NoToMob Member wrote:
This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses.
There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys?
Hi- put your signature on this: http://petitions.bar
net.gov.uk/SaveBuryF
arm/ share with family and friends!
[quote][p][bold]NoToMob Member[/bold] wrote: This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses. There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys?[/p][/quote]Hi- put your signature on this: http://petitions.bar net.gov.uk/SaveBuryF arm/ share with family and friends! a.horses
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Mr. Datchery says...

james smyth wrote:
The lungs of edgeware.........How dramatic!!
How can it be healthy to fill your lungs with the smells of horses plops and even though they may have use of all those fields their riders still persist in plodding along the road,they would get most upsett if I started to drive across their fields in my range rover!
The walkers can still walk,just diversify,take up golf,then you will still be able to walk around the fields.
The horses wont be homeless at all,what poppycock whoever said that,talk about emotional blackmail,think they maybe need councilling to keep their emotions in check.
The horses may well be "stableless" and "fieldless" but there will be other stables for them to go as well as fields.
I think it is a splendid and welcoming community idea to build a Golf course,it will bring the community closer together.What a great social outdoor activity.
Tee up!!!
At last! I thought the usual cohort of reactionary little trolls who always side with the minority in the hope that they might be thought to be as rich and seemingly influential as they assume they are might have disappeared but there are still people for the rest of us to despise. How anybody who can't spell a simple word like upset or, in this context, counselling expects to be taken seriously is beyond me. Range Rover should each have an upper case 'R' by the way.
[quote][p][bold]james smyth[/bold] wrote: The lungs of edgeware.........How dramatic!! How can it be healthy to fill your lungs with the smells of horses plops and even though they may have use of all those fields their riders still persist in plodding along the road,they would get most upsett if I started to drive across their fields in my range rover! The walkers can still walk,just diversify,take up golf,then you will still be able to walk around the fields. The horses wont be homeless at all,what poppycock whoever said that,talk about emotional blackmail,think they maybe need councilling to keep their emotions in check. The horses may well be "stableless" and "fieldless" but there will be other stables for them to go as well as fields. I think it is a splendid and welcoming community idea to build a Golf course,it will bring the community closer together.What a great social outdoor activity. Tee up!!![/p][/quote]At last! I thought the usual cohort of reactionary little trolls who always side with the minority in the hope that they might be thought to be as rich and seemingly influential as they assume they are might have disappeared but there are still people for the rest of us to despise. How anybody who can't spell a simple word like upset or, in this context, counselling expects to be taken seriously is beyond me. Range Rover should each have an upper case 'R' by the way. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 7

11:42pm Fri 25 Oct 13

NoToMob Member says...

a.horses wrote:
NoToMob Member wrote:
This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses.
There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys?
Hi- put your signature on this: http://petitions.bar

net.gov.uk/SaveBuryF

arm/ share with family and friends!
Thank you signed and started to share around and spread the word.
[quote][p][bold]a.horses[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NoToMob Member[/bold] wrote: This development must not be allowed to go ahead for several reasons, the extra traffic which will have to use Edgwarebury Lane which will be a considerable hazard to children as it has to pass two park entrances. The farm and area are a haven for wild life and perfect to take your children for a nice walk in the country side and see the horses. There are no shortages of Golf courses around the area so we do not need another one. Especially not on Green Belt land, where do I sign up guys?[/p][/quote]Hi- put your signature on this: http://petitions.bar net.gov.uk/SaveBuryF arm/ share with family and friends![/p][/quote]Thank you signed and started to share around and spread the word. NoToMob Member
  • Score: 4

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