The report in the Fulham Chronicle (October 9) about proposals for an annexe to All Saints Church, Fulham, refers to the loss of Metropolitan Open Land. That is only part of the story, unfortunately.
The church would be unremarkable if it were in the city, surrounded by tarmac and concrete. What makes it beautiful is its setting - the grass, the old gravestones and the trees. An intrusion of the nature and scale proposed will destroy what, to so many of us, is a lovely and unique view, one of the best in central London.
Nikolaus Pevsner once described Fulham as "one of the least visually attractive boroughs of London". He had a point and it is one good reason why those parts of Fulham which stand out from the surrounding banality should be preserved.
The church and its surroundings are an integral part of Bishop's Park and cannot be considered in isolation. It would be ironic if this proposal were to go ahead when the outstanding, award-winning Fulham Palace is almost next door - one asset gained, another lost.
The building and its setting belong to us all, not only to the church. Any annexe, no matter how well designed, will ruin it all - forever.
While the church has its ambitions, they cannot be at the expense of the rest of us. In any case, there are plans for a new church hall. Does the church need an annexe as well? We cannot, after all, have everything we want.
Ian Jones 2 Kelvedon Road Fulham