Council starts consultation on Local Plan changes


 Consultation 6 November –  18 December

‘The Local Plan is about your neighbourhood and improving the area you live in, changing its appearance from the moment you walk out of your front door. The Plan sees the Council delivering for Croydon’s children by ensuring the sustainable growth of our suburbs while retaining their distinct character, that our communities flourish and our District Centres thrive.’ – Cabinet member Alison Butler in her forward to the main Local Plan consultation document.

Come along to one of the Council events to find out what’s planned for Croydon to 2036 and have your say.

Addington. Tuesday 17 November. 3.30-8pm

Addington Community Centre, Central Parade, New Addington

Sanderstead, Selsdon and Shirley. Wednesday 25 November. 4.30-8pm

St John’s Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon

All of Croydon. Saturday 28 November. 10am-2pm

Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon

Croydon Opportunity Area, Broad Green & Selhurst, Waddon, South Croydon and Addiscombe. Wednesday 2 December. 3.30-8pm

Christ Church Methodist Church Hall, Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe

Purley, Coulsdon and Kenley & Old Coulsdon. Tuesday 8 December. 3.30-8pm

Purley Baptist Church Hall, Banstead Road, Purley

Norbury, Thornton Heath, South Norwood & Woodside and Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood. Wednesday 9 December. 4-8pm

South Norwood Methodist Church Hall, Suffolk Road, South Norwood

The consultation documents can be seen at:

This site contains:

Local Plan: strategic policies – partial review (preferred and alternative options)

Representation form

This site contains:

Local Plan: detailed policies and proposals (preferred and alternative options – November 2015 with appendixes

Representation form

Council’s responses to comments made during the previous consultation on the detailed polices

This site contains:

Local Plan: strategic policies sustainability appraisal main report, and appendices and additional report;

Detailed polices and proposals – sustainability appraisal report and scoping report (2012 & 13)

Strategic policies:  partial review sustainability appraisal scoping report, sustainability appraisal,

Detailed policies: (preferred and alternative options) sustainability appraisals (November 2015)

Non-technical summary of the sustainability appraisal of the preferred and alternative options of the strategic policies

Health Impact Assessment scoping report


419 pages make up the two main documents for the Council’s consultation. There are hundreds of other pages in back-up documents. Access is through the web, which rules out all those who are not digitally connected, plus all those who will have difficulty reading the way the reports are designed.

How many people will be able to read them in order to take part in the process remains to be seen, certainly not members of the public who are increasingly concerned about the changes in their areas? Even activists are going to struggle.

Printing the documents is way beyond the means of most people’s printers and expensive in terms of toner ink. Yes you can see a reference copy at the local libraries and at Bernard Weatherill House, but not many people will be able to if there is a only one copy of each document. The Council could make it easier for some people by stripping out the fancy design to make shorter documents in Word format.

The documents have to be read carefully because: ‘Please note that only the tracked changes are subject to consultation and that comments received on any other parts of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies will not be accepted as they remain adopted and unchanged.’ They are full of editorial and updates of facts and figures changes as well as substantial policy changes on the previous version of the Local Plan.

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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