Developers Enplan not swayed from building Dye London Golf course in Edgwarebury Farm, Edgware, after flooding

Times Series: Developers will ensure the field does not flood when the new golf course is built Developers will ensure the field does not flood when the new golf course is built

Flooding has not moved developers from their goal of building a golf course in an 800-year-old farm.

Bury Farm, in Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware, is currently under 4ft of water after a torrential downpour last week.

Businessman Tony Menai-Davis has earmarked the site for a new Dye London Golf Course - but thousands have rallied together to fight the plans.

Campaigners say the recent deluge, which has turned the area into a muddy swamp, further supports their view that the farm is the wrong location for a course.

But Phillip Russell-Vick, director of developers Enplan, said: “We know exactly what goes on in times of heavy weather and we’re taking steps to ensure it won’t happen when the golf course is built.”

When building the M1, the Department of Transport struck a deal with the landowners to cover the area with the excess soil.

As a result, a pipe was laid from the motorway to an existing ditch in the farm - but in times of heavy rain it bursts and inundates the area.

To prevent this, Enplan says it will build underground storage space for excess water, which will be used to irrigate the field in the summer.

Mr Russell-Vick added: “The land will no longer flood on the surface but it will be stored underground.

“We are also going to build a series of swales and low areas, where we will store excess storm water, which will drain away naturally and freely when the ground dries out.

“This will improve the flooding situation - not exacerbate it.”

The land makes up three per cent of Edgware’s green belt, but has no protection due to a legal loophole.

Members of the Broadfields Estate Residents Association organised a petition to save the farm from closure last year, and the planning application received 1,506 objections.

Mr Menai-Davis withdrew his application for the club last month, but plans to resubmit it with extra detail in the coming months.

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8:21am Wed 19 Feb 14

gingis says...

Perhaps the new application will state what he really plans for the site.
Landfill with a golf course as a by product.
Perhaps the new application will state what he really plans for the site. Landfill with a golf course as a by product. gingis
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10:01am Wed 19 Feb 14

james smyth says...

@gingis
Well if its a landfill then it will have some of yours and everbody else who is complaining rubbish in it.
So its obvious now what your real objection is.......NIMBY !!!! NOT IN MY BACK YARD.
so your be happy if it was elsewhere?
@gingis Well if its a landfill then it will have some of yours and everbody else who is complaining rubbish in it. So its obvious now what your real objection is.......NIMBY !!!! NOT IN MY BACK YARD. so your be happy if it was elsewhere? james smyth
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4:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

gingis says...

Not happy at all James, wherever it is.

Its Not in my back yard either.

This company exploits a loophole to make millions by pretending their aim is to build a golf course but actually runs a landfill site with 100's of lorries a day hauling in waste from far and wide.

So No James it probably will Not have any of my waste or any other local waste in it.

This is all about making mega bucks by destroying out countryside and nothing else.
Not happy at all James, wherever it is. Its Not in my back yard either. This company exploits a loophole to make millions by pretending their aim is to build a golf course but actually runs a landfill site with 100's of lorries a day hauling in waste from far and wide. So No James it probably will Not have any of my waste or any other local waste in it. This is all about making mega bucks by destroying out countryside and nothing else. gingis
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5:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HRH-1973 says...

If objecting to destroying the green belt and replacing it with a golf course no one in the area actually wants is being a NIMBY I don't care. So James your point is mute. This issue is a very local one. People who use the farm and the surrounding area appreciate as it is its as simple as that!
If objecting to destroying the green belt and replacing it with a golf course no one in the area actually wants is being a NIMBY I don't care. So James your point is mute. This issue is a very local one. People who use the farm and the surrounding area appreciate as it is its as simple as that! HRH-1973
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HRH-1973 says...

Ultimately no elected body wants to make unpopular decisions.The golf course would be an unpopular decision. With elections coming up in May the residents have a much louder voice than normal. I for one will make sure my vote counts.
Ultimately no elected body wants to make unpopular decisions.The golf course would be an unpopular decision. With elections coming up in May the residents have a much louder voice than normal. I for one will make sure my vote counts. HRH-1973
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10:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HRH-1973 says...

The fact the area is under water is why a lot of the surrounding homes aren't. Altering the lay of the land will weaken the flood defences that protect Edgware. Will Mr Russell-Vick guaranty homes won’t flood in the future?
The fact the area is under water is why a lot of the surrounding homes aren't. Altering the lay of the land will weaken the flood defences that protect Edgware. Will Mr Russell-Vick guaranty homes won’t flood in the future? HRH-1973
  • Score: 3

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