On Thursday 15 September the Croydon Council Conservative Group held a briefing meeting for representatives of residents associations on the Croydon Local Plan Consultation which ends on 17 October 2016. They provided a very help set of guidance note, as follows.
The entry point for all the documents can be found here:-
It is important to remember that we are looking at both CLP1.1:-
There are now also numerous documents that have been loaded onto the Council website, including lots of evidence documents in readiness for the examination. It will be important to respond to this evidence in any objections to the proposals. The evidence can be found here:-
All the consultation documents should also be available at the borough’s libraries, at Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon. 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday. Alternative formats of the documents are available on request at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8407 1385.
The consultation closes on 17th October 2016, so there is time to digest all the new information that has now been uploaded. It would be unwise to rush into a submission to the consultation in these early days without fully understanding the various new documents that are now available, albeit online.
The Council would prefer that everyone use the representation form, which can be found here:-
The guidance notes for completing the form may be found here:-
However, it is perfectly acceptable to write a letter or send an e-mail detailing concerns. The more specific, the better.
All correspondence should be addressed to:-
Post: Spatial Planning Service, 6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.
All correspondence must include a name and either an e-mail or postal address all of which must be legible; not contain offensive or racist language; and be related to either a marked change (in red text) in the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) or Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission) including the draft Policies Map.
All submissions must now be challenging the ‘soundness’ of the plan and challenging the ‘evidence’ that the Council have used to draw up their final proposals.
To say that ‘I do not like it’ will not be accepted.
The Local Plan will be examined by an independent Planning Inspector, whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound.
The four tests of soundness are that the plans are:-
•Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
•Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
•Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
•Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.
All responses will be collated by officers but in effect are directed to the Inspector at this point.
Pro-forma letters will be accepted as individual submissions.
Petitions may be taken as one submission – though this is at the Inspector’s discretion.
Anyone wishing to address the Examination in Public (EIP) must make that intention clear in their submission. It will be at the Inspector’s discretion as to who will be called to address the EIP.
Where possible it would be prudent to offer alternatives to policies that are being challenged. It may well be that the Inspector may agree with a challenge to a particular policy, but if no alternative is offered and the Inspector cannot see an alternative then they may well stick with the status quo.
Cllr. Jason Perry