Beddington Farmlands is an extensive area of open land adjacent to the River Wandle to the east, between Beddington Park and Mitcham Common in Merton, which is currently used for sewage treatment operations and for mineral extraction/landfill tipping operations. Beddington Farmlands also contains the only remaining identified resources of sand and gravel in the Borough. Beddington Farmlands forms a major part of an area strategic open land within the Wandle Valley, suitable for recreation and leisure.
This part of Beddington area is accessed from Beddington Lane in the east and bounded by the Sutton-Mitcham Junction railway line to the West. The land uses (past and present) have included agriculture (as part of the Beddington Estate), sand and gravel extraction, subsequent backfill and land raising by waste disposal, sewage treatment and disposal.
The London Plan identifies major potential for regeneration of business areas and residential communities and improvements to open space. This is focused around the creation of a 200 hectare country park at Beddington Farmlands through the restoration of land used for gravel extraction and landfill tipping (due to be restored to Metropolitan open land by 2016). This will link Beddington Park with Mitcham Common and form a key part of the proposed Wandle Valley Regional Park and is subject to an application for an Energy Recovery Facility / Incinerator. The successful restoration of this land, its use and physical appearance and network of connections are of key importance to the proposed Beddington Neighbourhood Area.
The Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum recognizes that links from the Farmlands to Hackbridge will a key part of any successful regeneration of this area.
Beddington Farmlands is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, is safeguarded for the creation of the proposed Wandle Valley Regional Park following completion of landfill operations and site restoration beyond 2015.
Local planning authorities should plan positively to enhance the beneficial use of the Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land, such as:
•looking for opportunities to provide access;
•to provide opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation;
•to retain and enhance landscapes, visual amenity and biodiversity;
•or to improve damaged and derelict land
•Enhance the beneficial use of the MOL
•Specify that inappropriate development should not be approved except in very special circumstances
•Specify the exceptions to inappropriate development
We are keen to see the Farmlands opened up for managed public access and are awaiting a timetable for this from Viridor and Sutton Council. We hope to be able to share that with you soon.
For information on the Viridor Proposals please click on the link below:
For the Stop the South London Incinerator please click on the link below:
Thames Water at Beddington Farmlands
We have had a number of instances of sewage smells occurring in the Beddington Village area and also in the Bath House Road / Beddington Farm Road area. What we would like to know is:
1. What checks have LB Sutton made periodically for actual and potential statutory nuisances from the sewage works (in line with Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990)?
2. Assuming LB Sutton have detected smells which are within the definition of a statutory nuisance as defined in section 79 (1) (d) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 what "best practicable means” have been used to prevent or counteract the effect of statutory odour nuisance?
Extract below from the Code of Practice on sewage odour:
"The control of odour nuisance from sewage treatment works relies upon the statutory nuisance regime detailed in Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which is enforced by local authorities. Statutory nuisance is a term in law. This regime requires local authorities to check their areas periodically for actual and potential statutory nuisances, and places a duty on local authorities to issue an abatement notice when satisfied that a statutory nuisance exists or may occur or recur. The abatement notice will require the execution of such works and other steps necessary to abate the nuisance or restrict its occurrence or recurrence, and must specify a timescale. Where the statutory nuisance is one falling within section 79 (1) (d) – “any dust, steam, smell or other effluvia arising on industrial, trade or business premises and being prejudicial to health or a nuisance” – which includes odour at sewage treatment works, the Act provides a defence for the operator upon prosecution before the Court for his contravening, or failure to comply with, an abatement notice, to demonstrate that the “best practicable means” have been used to prevent or counteract the effect of statutory odour nuisance (in similar circumstances, “best practicable means” can be pleaded before the magistrates’ court in an appeal against an abatement notice: Statutory Nuisance (Appeals) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995/2644))."
We've asked Sutton Council about this and are awaiting a response.
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