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Online Exhibition of “Lockdown Art” by Nigel Reynolds

Online Exhibition of “Lockdown Art” by Nigel Reynolds

Due to the lockdown we are currently unable to run our usual exhibitions of art by local artists at Humphry’s Cafe in the Highams Park, so Nigel Reynolds has set up an online exhibition of some of his work during lockdown for people to enjoy. 

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend of 29th – 31st  January

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend of 29th – 31st January

For the nature lovers among you it is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens. They’ll also make a record of the other 

OrganicLea – Free Spring Food Growing Courses

OrganicLea – Free Spring Food Growing Courses

OrganicLea have come a long way since the early days on the allotment and now run City & Guilds horticulture courses at their market garden in Chingford and National Open College Network courses online giving people a quality learning experience that will help them develop their skills and also find work in the expanding “Green Jobs” sector. Enrolments are open for the following courses

City and Guilds Work-based Horticulture: Level 1 Award
Wednesdays 10.00 – 4.30
24th February – 5th May 2021 (9 weeks) (no sessions on 7th & 14th April)
Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH

Remote Classroom Food Growing Level 1 Award
Wednesdays 24th February to 12th May 2020
10am-4.30pm (no sessions on 7th & 14th April)
Remote classroom delivery via Zoom conferencing software

Click here to find out more and how to book: https://highamspark.london/community/news/organiclea-spring-food-growing-courses/

Online Meeting for HP Businesses – Tuesday 9th February at 8.00am

Online Meeting for HP Businesses – Tuesday 9th February at 8.00am

The Highams Park Business Group is hosting an online meeting for local businesses and self-employed people in Highams Park. The meeting will include a talk by Gill Poulter on “How hSpark Radio can support local businesses” and a ‘member presentation’ by Michael Cohen of LFS 

Reminder to object to the planning application for 480-510 Larkshall Road

Reminder to object to the planning application for 480-510 Larkshall Road

HPPG has written to the Council to lodge our objections to the planning application by Atlantis Highams Ltd for the redevelopment of 480 to 510 Larkshall Road (“James Yard”) which proposes five and six story blocks of flats next to Highams Park Station. We believe 

Reminder to respond to the Council’s Local Plan and Site Allocations Consultations before 14th December & Proposed Designation of Land to the rear of Larks Wood as Local Green Space

Reminder to respond to the Council’s Local Plan and Site Allocations Consultations before 14th December & Proposed Designation of Land to the rear of Larks Wood as Local Green Space

As you may be aware the Council has two consultations running regarding its proposed new Local Plan. The Plan includes  Highams Park Station, and garages at the end of people’s back gardens, as Site Opportunity Locations for housing. If adopted, we believe the Local Plan will be severely detrimental to the look and feel of Highams Park in the coming years. If you share our concerns about the Council’s proposals you need to respond before the consultations finish on 14th December.
We appreciate you have busy lives, so we have prepared two simple responses (one for each consultation) that you can copy and paste into an email and send it to the Council.
You need to submit a separate email for each of the two consultations and send them to: planning.policy@walthamforest.gov.uk
Please remember to put your name and address at the foot of each email.
The example responses are as follows:
Email Header 1:  “Shaping the Borough Waltham Forest Local Plan LP2 Draft Site Allocations Document”

Suggested response:
I have reviewed your consultation document and should like to comment as follows:

  1. I share the same views as those expressed by the Highams Park Planning Group in their letter of 3rd November 2020 in response to this consultation.
  2. I agree with the proposal by the Friends of Ainslie & Larks Woods that the tract of land to the rear of Larks Wood referred to as Site A in their letter should be designated as Local Green Space.
  3. I note that a number of Site Opportunity Locations were included in your LP1 (Regulation 19) consultation but were not included in this LP2 Site Allocation Consultation, as they are not regarded as Key or Strategic Sites. I believe this is potentially misleading due to the impact development of these sites could have on the character of Highams Park and other areas across the Borough and these sites should not have been included in the Submission Version of the Local Plan consultation without proper consultation.

Email Header 2: “Shaping the Borough Waltham Forest Local Plan (LP1) 2020-2035 Proposed Submission Document (Regulation 19) October 2020

Suggested Response:
I have reviewed your consultation document and should like to comment as follows:

  1. I share the same views as those expressed by the Highams Park Planning Group in their letter of 27th November 2020 that some policy statements in the Submission Version of the Local Plan (SLP) are unsound and/or the Council has failed in its duty to cooperate.
  2. Due to the heavy reliance on Site Opportunity Locations in the SLP to meet the Council’s housing targets, a more rigorous and thorough consultation, as part of the LP2 Site Allocations Consultation, should have been undertaken regarding Site Opportunity Locations in Highams Park and across the Borough before their inclusion in Figure 4.1. in the SLP.
If you want to find out more, go to the Highams Park Portal at www.highamspark.london
HPPG Response to the Council’s Draft Local Plan

HPPG Response to the Council’s Draft Local Plan

HPPG  has responded to the Council’s consultation on the proposed new Local Plan. In our response we have expressed our concerns that what the Council is proposing will, over time, completely change the character of Highams Park town centre and the streets radiating out from 

Questionnaire – would you like forestry classes for children in Highams Park?

Questionnaire – would you like forestry classes for children in Highams Park?

If you would like a forest school in Highams Park  please complete our survey by clicking on the link below. By way of background, during our consultations for the Highams Park Plan many people said that there are not enough activities for young people in 

HPPG has objected to the planning application for 480-510 Larkshall Road

HPPG has objected to the planning application for 480-510 Larkshall Road


HPPG has written to the Council to lodge our objections to the planning application by Atlantis Highams Ltd for the redevelopment of 480 to 510 Larkshall Road (“James Yard”).  We believe the proposed density of development for the site is too high, as it will necessitate multi-story development in the heart of Highams Park Town Centre (by the station) and will completely change the character of the area. If you agree that this level of development is inappropriate next to Highams Park station, we encourage you to write to the Council stating your objections.

You can read a copy of HPPG’s objection letter and find out how to object by clicking on the link below:
https://highamspark.london/community/news/planning-application-james-yard/

HPPG Response to the Councils LP2 Site Allocations Consultation

HPPG Response to the Councils LP2 Site Allocations Consultation

HPPG Response to the Councils LP2 Site Allocations Consultation On 24th September the Council began its consultation “Shaping the Borough Waltham Forest Local Plan LP2 Draft Site Allocations Document”. The consultation lists the sites across the Borough as possible sites for development and suggests what