‘Given the previous use of the site as a hospital,
there are known issues with contamination of the ground.
An assessment will be required to be submitted with
any future planning application to assess the likely level
of any contamination. Remediation will be required f
or any contamination found.’
So says the pre-application planning report on developing the former Croydon General Hospital site on London Rd into a school being considered by the Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 20 November.
This is just another example of the delay in discussing publicly the detail of the contamination, and how it will be dealt with.
The 2002 Planning Brief on the site put the onus for dealing with contamination on developers:
‘3.5 Given the nature of some of the functions carried out in the original hospital, further consideration may need to be given to their possible contaminating effect.
3.6 Developers are advised to carry out their own investigations into possible contamination on the site. The Council will need to be satisfied that the land is free from contaminants particularly if the land is to be used for residential development (policy EP8).’
A 2007 Council report on an adjoining site discussed possible contaminants from the Hospital site: http://planning.croydon.gov.uk/DocOnline/54712_1.pdf
Croydon Voluntary Action discussion on the site in 2013 acknowledged contamination.
It will need an expert to analyse and make sense for members of the public the findings of the environmental and analytical reports in 2012:
The planning permission granted that July stated as part of Condition 4:
‘The developer shall notify the Local Planning Authority of any on site contamination not initially identified by the site investigation so that an officer of the Council may attend the site and agree any appropriate remedial action.’
Public Rights at Committee
Because no decisions have to be taken, this part of the meeting is not open to members of the public to put questions. Therefore those who wish to will need to contact Committee members before hand.
The members are: Councillor Paul Scott (Chairman); Councillor Humayun Kabir (Vice-Chairman); Councillors Hamida Ali, Jamie Audsley, Luke Clancy, Stephen Mann, Jason Perry, Joy Prince, Sue Winborn and Chris Wright. Reserve Members are: Simon Brew, Alison Butler, Sean Fitzsimons, Steve Hollands, Patricia Hay-Justice, Bernadette Khan, Wayne Lawlor, Maggie Mansell, Helen Pollard and Andy Stranack. Their email addresses can be found at http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/elected/allcouncillors