Save Sydenham Hill Ridge

by Friends of Mais House

Save Sydenham Hill Ridge

by Friends of Mais House
Friends of Mais House
Case Owner
We understand the need for social housing and support a redevelopment. What we disagree with is the size of the proposal.
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Friends of Mais House
Case Owner
We understand the need for social housing and support a redevelopment. What we disagree with is the size of the proposal.
Pledge now

This case is raising funds for its stretch target. Your pledge will be collected within the next 24-48 hours (and it only takes two minutes to pledge!)

Latest: Jan. 20, 2021

Local victory for Cox's Walk & six days left to reach £12,000

Locals have recently won a planning decision to prevent the Cox’s Walk oak trees from being felled. This is huge and shows what we can do when we work together.

These beech and catalpa (Indian b…

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Friends of Mais House are a community of residents living on and around the Sydenham Hill ridge.

We welcome the development of the City of London Sydenham Hill Estate for additional social housing. We believe in building good quality, environmentally friendly social housing that will last well into the future.

In November 2020, Lewisham granted planning permission for the development of 110 units on the site of Mais House and Otto Close garages. The huge increase in density in such an environmentally sensitive location, sets to impact the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure  and the natural environment, reducing the much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London.

In November, we raised money to fund the initial advice of a solicitor. Following that advice, we are now seeking to raise an initial target of £7,000, to seek the opinion of Counsel.

You can view the application here:

https://planning.lewisham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=_LEWIS_DCAPR_103078&activeTab=summary

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Update 8

Friends of Mais House

Jan. 20, 2021

Local victory for Cox's Walk & six days left to reach £12,000

Locals have recently won a planning decision to prevent the Cox’s Walk oak trees from being felled. This is huge and shows what we can do when we work together.

These beech and catalpa (Indian bean) trees are two of the many under threat from the Mais House development. Nineteen trees will be felled and many more severely pruned. Well used green space will be lost, precious to both the wildlife and the community, particularly the children. We have six more days to raise £3,500. Please help spread the word and share with your friends and networks. Every donation, like and share makes a difference and is truly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Beech tree next to Mais House:

  • Catalpa at the back of Mais House:

Update 7

Friends of Mais House

Jan. 13, 2021

Funding for next stage - 26th January

26TH JANUARY 2021 is our next deadline to ensure we can pay the lawyers for the next stage.
THIS UNIQUE LONDON ENVIRONMENT IS UNDER THREAT.
We have two weeks to reach our stretch target of £12,000, this is to review the Summary Grounds of Resistance. Please share this page as widely as possible, all shares make a difference.  Together we can quash this unjust decision.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse/

https://twitter.com/OfMais

Thank you for your support.

Update 6

Friends of Mais House

Jan. 8, 2021

Update on the legal case and fundraising

We are thrilled to have made our initial Crowd Justice target. Thank you for supporting and sharing our campaign to challenge a planning decision that will be so detrimental to this unique environment.

Our lawyers received the responses from Lewisham and The City of London and filed the claim in Court where it was issued and has been served on the defendant. Lewisham and The City of London are required to respond to the court with their grounds for defence by 26th January 2021. A Judge will then consider whether there is an arguable case and make a decision on granting permission for judicial review.

We are now actively fundraising to reach the £12,000 stretch target to cover a potential claim for costs from the other side and enable us to begin moving on to the next stage, which will be to consider any grounds of resistance.

Your support is hugely appreciated.

https://twitter.com/OfMais

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Maishousefriends

Note: now that we have met the initial target, the countdown will automatically renew every 30 days.

Update 5

Friends of Mais House

Dec. 29, 2020

Thank you for helping us reach our initial target!

Dear Supporters,

Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and supported the cause. We have made it to our initial target of £7,000!

We have instructed the lawyers to review Lewisham’s response and file the case in court, if that is the recommendation following the review. We are still waiting for Lewisham’s response, which is due tomorrow. We will keep you updated on the case.

You will see the site has automatically moved onto the stretch target of £12,000. If the judge gives permission for the case to be heard, and our legal team advise us, we can take the case all the way through the court. This money will then be needed.

Once again, thank you so much for all your support, for justice and the environment.

Best wishes,

Friends of Mais House



Update 4

Friends of Mais House

Dec. 28, 2020

Over 80% funded - 2 days to meeting our target!

On Wednesday 30th December, Lewisham are obliged to reply to our legal team. Our legal team will review the reply and then apply to the court for permission to proceed with the case.

We are very close to our initial £7,000 target, needed to instruct the legal team to proceed with this action.

Please continue to share our campaign on social media and consider asking a friend or family member to pledge £20, if 40 people did this we would reach our target.

Once again, many, many thanks for helping out with this crucial case.

Friends of Mais House

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/friendsofmaishouse/

Update 3

Friends of Mais House

Dec. 26, 2020

Help us bring this crucial case to court - 50% funded!

This development will impact The Great North Wood, a tract of ancient woodland on the highest point of South London. This treasured biodiverse ecosystem, is enjoyed by people across South London.

Another large development has been applied for on the ridge citing the planning permission granted for this development. It is vital we make a stand and prevent the flood gates from opening so we can protect this unique environment.

We raised £7,400 for legal advice and to deliver a pre-action protocol letter to Lewisham Council. Judicial Review has a very tight time-frame. The funds are needed for the legal team to review Lewisham’s response and register the case in court which must be done by 30th December.

We are extremely grateful for your support in this crucial case and ask if you could share this page with as many friends and groups as you can so we are able to take this forward.

Thank you.
Update 2

Friends of Mais House

Dec. 20, 2020

We have until 30th December to raise funds!

We are aiming to raise the initial target by 30th DECEMBER, when we are due to respond to the Council.

In addition to the removal of 19 trees, many mature trees near the development will be severely pruned or suffer root damage. This is to make space for a 32% increase in footprint.

This black locust tree is scheduled for removal, the application noted that it was a 'Fine, large specimen... outstanding landscape value'.

This summer, the tree was severely cut back, due to one branch being diseased. There are excellent tree specimens including oak, beech, Indian bean, and cedar scheduled for pruning across the estate.

Black locust tree before and after pruning

Oak tree on the boundary

Oak and red beech on the boundary

We really appreciate the level of support the campaign has received in such a short time.

Update 1

Friends of Mais House

Dec. 17, 2020

Legal letter sent to Lewisham yesterday

Yesterday, a pre-action protocol letter was sent to Lewisham Council by our solicitors. This is a significant step forward for our case and we have been advised there is a good prognosis of success.

It is now imperative that we share our campaign with as many people as we can to raise funds for the next stage. We expect Lewisham's reply by 30th December.


Please follow us and share on social media:

https://twitter.com/OfMais

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Maishousefriends

The grounds focus on the illegality of the decision taken, owing to serious neglect to inform the Planning Committee of Heritage and Conservation reports available. This is backed up by Lewisham’s own Community Involvement Statement, The planning Act, The Listed Buildings Act, The Local Government Act, The National Planning Policy Framework, and a number of recent case laws. Protection of the environment is key. 

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