Despite the normal custom that consultations are postponed during a General Election period, the Local Plan (Partial Review) Public Hearing is going ahead starting this Tuesday at 10am with 19 sessions until the end of May.
It is open to members of the public to attend as observers,
and as many as can should try and do so
Day 1: Tuesday 16 May. Session: procedural matters; 2: needs and requirements; 3: land availability and housing provision
Day 2: Wednesday 17 May: Session 4: land available and housing provision – garden land; 5: ditto Opportunity Area; 6: sites in Coulson, Purley, New Addington and Norbury
Day 3: Monday 22 May. Session 7: ditto –areas of focussed intensification.
Day 4: Tuesday 23 May: ditto – Green Grid and specific sites.
Day 5. Wednesday 24 May: Session 9: affordable homes; 10: dwelling mix; 11: housing quality and standards inc. place specific policies
Day 6: Thursday 25 May. Session 12: Gypsies and Travellers; 13: employment and Metropolitan, District Neighbourhood and Local Centres.
Day 7: Tuesday 30 May: Session 14: tall buildings; 15: local heritage areas, views and landmarks; 16: community facilities and education; 17: sustainable design and construction; 18: transport
Day 8: Wednesday 31 May: Session 19: specific sites
The Hearing will be run as a discussion. The Inspector has decided what can and cannot be discussed. He is emphasising that the focus in on land use, and whether the Plan is based on sound evidence. He can decide the Plan is unsound and not approve it, or he can agree modifications with the Council, or recommend modifications.
Those taking part include the Council, Residents Associations, The Croydon TUC, developers and businesses and individuals, including Gavin Barwell and Chris Philp. The hearing will be an informal discussion rather than a formal evidence and cross-examination process as happened with the Whitgift CPO Inquiry.
The amount of paperwork is massive. All documentation is available on the Council website, The Inspector’s questions to the Council and the replies, the preliminary agendas, etc are at
The final agendas listing all participants have not yet been posted up.
Gavin Barwell is participating in Session 7 and Chris Philip at 7, 8, 11 and 14. The Conservative Councillors Group will also be there for most of the Sessions. They will need to be careful not to be accused of using the Hearing for electioneering purposes, with implications for their election expenses.
The House Builders Federation will participate in Sessions 2-4 and 9; individual house builders and developers at Sessions 2, 3, 5, 8-11, 13, 14, and 16-18. The most prominent of these participants is Croydon Plaza Ltd, which is owned by Delancey/Minerva.
A Council EXCEL spread sheet available on the web (no copyable url link) shows that at one point in 2016 it owed the Council over £46,000 in empty property business rates on 2-4 & parts of 22 Park Street.
Unless they have hired a specialist expert, Residents Associations are in a weak position compared with the builders and developers who will have experts supporting them.
I am attending as a participant in most of the Sessions on behalf of Norbury Residents Association Joint Planning Committee, Croydon TUC and Assembly, and as an individual.
If you do attend your feedback will be helpful. Please send it to me at