Surbiton Filter beds ecology report due.
By adam_leone | Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:25
An ecology report concerning the Surbiton filter beds could be published as early as next week.
Simon Tyrrell from the Friends, with Edward Davey MP and St Marks Councillors Liz Green and Yogan Yoganathan, at Seething Wells
Over 60 floating homes and new marina has been proposed for the site, however the plans have caused controversy as the the area is classed as Metropolitan Open Land.
Councillor Liz Green (@CllrLizGreen) tweeted: "I understand from planning that ecology report for Surbiton Filter beds likely next week then Development Control decision on 18th Dec."
Last week, Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey released a statement saying he was opposing the proposed plans for the area saying: "Surbiton's filter beds are simply too special to sacrifice to flats, car parking, a marina and restaurant. It is a "blue lung" for our riverside, with precious birds and bats and a unique and world important history. The developers have tried but failed to recognise this, and I would urge them to give up now."
"Two planning inspectors have considered previous proposals to develop the filter beds in huge detail and both concluded that this site deserved special protection - not least because of its environmental significance. For the site's legal protections to be overturned, the law is clear - there would have to be "very special circumstances". Hydro's plans completely fail to meet that test."