The Mystery of Croydon’s Planning Consultations

Planning 

Are you confused by the Council’s approach to publicising its  consultations? You will be when you consider the way in which several sets of planning consultations currently underway are being advertised.

  • Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan Supplementary Planning Documents for the Beulah Hill, Church Rd and Harold Rd conservation areas
  • Article 4 Directions to exempt certain developments from general permitted development rules in the Chatsworth Rd and the Waldrons Conservation Areas
  • Non-statutory Section 106 Guidance on Planning Obligations

These are subject to press notice advertisements in the Croydon Guardian of 21 January.

Beulah Hill, Church Rd and Harold Rd SPDs. These are not posted on the Council’s website conservation area despite the press notice saying they are. Mention of the consultation is hidden under the Conservation Area Guidance section: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/conservation/conservation-areas/conservation-guidance.  The press notice states that the consultation period is 26 January to 9 March. The website states 26 February.  So if you want to see them you will either have to go to Bernard Weatherill House (Access Centre), the Central, South Norwood and Upper Norwood Triangles  Libraries or email spatialplanning@croydon.gov.uk. There will be a drop-in event on 12 February at Living Water Satisfies Community Café, 48 Westow St, Upper Norwood (3-8.30pm) to enable people to look at the documents and discuss them with staff.

Chatsworth Rd and Waldrons Cosnervation Areas. The details  are identified on the conservation area page: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/framework/conservation/conservation-areas. The consultation period on these is from 21 January to 9 March. But they are not listed on the Engagement Finder section. 

106 Guidance. This is not available on the web but can be seen at Bernard Weatherill House (Access Centre) and all Libraries. Or you can try asking for a copy via spatilaplanning@croydon.gov.uk. The 2013 non-statutory guidance can be seen at http://www.croydon.gov.uk/contents/departments/planningandregeneration/pdf/cil/s106guide.pdf. The closing date for comments is 9 March.

The Engagement Finder. This  web section is supposed to lost all consultations; it does so in a  confusing way. If you indicate 2015 start or end dates do not get those started in 2014 but ending in 2015. So the landlord licensing consultation which started last year and ends on 3 March, does not appear if you choose the 2015 end date option. If you press the options start date and planning the Conservation Area SPDs are not listed. But they do if you press the proposed option. https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/eforms/ufsmain?formid=EXT_CG_ENGAGEMENT_SEARCH.

Clearly a case for urgent review and adjustments.

Update 27 January

Today the Council posted up details of the consultations on its website: http://news.croydon.gov.uk/plans-to-conserve-the-historic-areas-of-upper-norwood

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to The Mystery of Croydon’s Planning Consultations

  1. Pingback: Sean Creighton’s update – 28 Jan 2015 | CCC

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