People living near Brockwell Park have been alarmed by consultation documents dropping through their doors showing that Lambeth council is planning to build an artificial pitch with 12-metre high light-towers between the lido and the BMX track in the park.
The proposed site is partly a compacted gravel area that is sometimes used by Brixton BMX club for training and partly an area of vegetation.
It is close to houses on both the Dulwich Road (including the famous Grand Designs house) and on Brailsford Road, which backs onto the park.
A planning application in the name of Dermot Collins, who is Lambeth council’s leisure programme manager, appeared recently on the council’s planning application database.
It includes a “preliminary ecological assessment” that does not envisage serious impacts on plants or animals.
In a planning statement, the application says that the proposed community 3G football turf pitch (FTP) design is sensitive to and preserves residential amenity, and the surrounding environment.
It says the site forms part of a previous playing field area and would transform this part of Brockwell Park into “a valued contemporary all-weather sports facility, facilitating football activities, training, coaching, education, and skills development, as well as youth and junior match opportunities”.
It describes the current area between the BMX track and the compacted gravel area as “a wildflower meadow”.
The application says the pitch would be located close to existing amenities, providing convenient pedestrian access for local groups and football teams, and visitors to Brockwell Park.
It says “local biodiversity” would be maintained.
The pitch would have a 4.5-metre-high fence and six 12-metre-high floodlight masts and access for vehicles.
The application envisages building starting in October this year and being complete by January next year.
The application is open for comments.