Cat Hill protesters set to face eviction

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Cat Hill protesters set to face eviction
15th May 2014

Protesters camped outside a controversial housing development in Enfield could face eviction by a court order today.

Plans have been put forward to turn the former Middlesex University Campus in Cat Hill into flats and houses. 

But activists embarked on a peaceful occupation of the site in February over fears the development will cause damage to the local habitat.

Site owners L&Q are now seeking a court order to evict the protesters from the site at a hearing in Barnet County Court today. 

Protester Kim told London Live’s Alex Beard: “We’re going to stay here as long as it takes.

“The issue is the developer is constantly breaking the planning conditions and the licences issued by Natural England.

“We’re trying to preserve the wildlife on this site.”

She added workers on the site have told protesters great crested newts, whose breeding and resting sites are protected by Natural England, have been run over by on site construction vehicles and bats were flushed out of buildings too early which could affect their chances of survival. 

Developer L&Q has previously said the protesters are jeopardising the ecosystem of the site. 

Plans for the site will see a mix of 250 houses and flats built.

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