The planning application by the Olympic Development Authority (ODA) to use Drapers Fieldis still to be submitted to Waltham Forest Council’s Planning Committee. News is that it will go to the Planning Committee in August. The information regarding how much compensation that the Council will get, through what is known as section 106 and section 111, has still to be finalised.
The money received will be used to improve Abbotts Park, Marsh Lane and of course Drapers Field.
The good news is that the money allocated to Drapers Field will be to re-instate the all-weather pitch and introduce new landscaping, access, and community sports facilities. This is good news, as previously there was no mention of the all-weather pitch, or sports facilities being replaced, only that Drapers would be turned into a ‘special park’.
The other not so good news I have been hearing, is that the ODA want to chop down two mature trees so that they can get access to the field by their lorries. I have followed this up and this is being challenged by council officers in the tree department who feel that access can be achieved without chopping down the trees. I will update again when I receive any further news on this.