Crayford Marshes (Howbury Park), proposed railfreight interchange depot. Planning application 15/02673/OUTEA.

A re-heated proposal to build a large rail/road interchange depot on a substantial part of the southern end of Crayford Marshes, adjacent to Slade Green train depot, the previous exponents having failed to start construction within the 5 years allowed. This would destroy most of the separate Site of Importance for Nature Conservation here, threaten the future of red-listed Skylark in Bexley, and red-listed Corn Bunting in London , when there may be only 20 pairs left in the whole of the capital, as well as being on Metropolitan Green Belt land. It would further industrialise one of the largest and most open nature areas left in the Borough, and add heavy lorry movements to local roads.

The planning decision on the previous scheme would have meant that the money from the destruction of this part of the marshes would have been put in a fund to properly manage the rest of it for wildlife. That ‘offer’ does not appear in the current application.

Bexley Natural Environment Forum, London Wildlife Trust (whose submissions can be read/downloaded below) and Bexley Civic Society are objecting. More than 120 letters of objection from local people have been submitted so far.

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There is still time to help try and protect this site as it is not yet scheduled to go to the planning committee.  Contact Ray Gray, chair of BNEF, at <>

Bexley Natural Environment Forum objection:

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London Wildlife Trust objection:

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