#City & Town Planning
Sue Foster, Head of Planning, London Borough of Hackney
United Kingdom

May 27, 2005

Abney Park Garden Cemetery is a 32-acre historic park and nature reserve in Hackney, north London - one of Britain's poorest inner-city boroughs. Over the years it has become dense woodland, and is a unique place of retreat from the pressures of urban life. It is a national as well as a local treasure.

It is the heart of a Conservation Area, and the Council has policies to protect it from noise and disturbance. It is on the point of violating those policies by approving a school which will create noise and disturbance within a few feet of one of the most sensitive areas - the quiet corner where, in the 18th century, Dr. Isaac Watts retired to write his famous hymns.

A local community association, which is sponsoring this petition, welcomes a school in principle, but wants its scale and design to respect the setting and comply with planning policies.

Your signature will go to Hackney's head planning officer.

Our website (see above) will give you a fuller picture of what is at stake.

We, the undersigned, object to the current design proposed for the school at 17 Manor Road, London N16 as of 26th May, 2005, on the grounds that its excessive scale and insensitive design render it intrusive and damaging to its surroundings, and particularly to Abney Park Cemetery. We call on the London Borough of Hackney to respect its own guidelines for the protection of Abney Park cemetery and the Stoke Newington Conservation Area.

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The Defend Abney Park petition to Sue Foster, Head of Planning, London Borough of Hackney was written by Listria Park and Martaban Road Com. Ass. and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.