Next Steps Re-Local Plan
At the Public Hearings the Inspector requested that the Council provide a rang of additional information and explanations and to see if it could reach agreement with some of those making representations for modifications. Some of those submissions have been posted on the Local Plan Examination Documents webpage (see list below), , and more are expected to go up this coming week. Those taking part in the Hearings will have the opportunity to comment if they have concerns about what the Council is saying.
The Inspector is still trying to finalise his report by the end of July. So any comments will need to be submitted quickly.
Modifications proposed by the Council will be subject to a 6 week public consultation from the beginning of August. If any matters arise from that consultation that impact on the Inspector’s report he will make an addendum to his published report.
Thanks to Cllr Jason Perry and Chris Banks for the updates that has enabled me to write the above note.)
For debate about the Local Plan see my articles on Croydon Citizen:
For debate on the Local Plan see
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Croydon’s space shortage
£1.2m upgrade at Croydon University Hospital
Developers Appetite unabated
Linton Group has acquired two properties at 9-11 Wellesley Road, Croydon for £11.75m in a joint venture with Henika Group. (Property Week 29 June)
Solar Panels for Croydon
Andrew Kennedy writes on Croydon Transition Facebook:
‘Solar schemes like this, with battery storage to smooth out supply and demand, require investment and commitment from planners and the local authority as well as a vision by the developers. There is no sign of anything like this vision taking place in Croydon, At the recent Local Plan hearing, the sustainability aspect was outsourced to an external single person consultancy who had clearly replicated a report from elsewhere designed to enable a local authority and developers to just meet minimum standards. There was nothing about “Croydon, exceeding expectations – leading the way in high rise living”. We’re being panicked by requirements from central government and the London Mayor’s office into over developing sites, building to minimum standards with insufficient space both internal and external and straining infrastructure.’
List of Council’s additional information, explanations and agreed modifications:
Statements of Common Ground with (1) UK Land Assets, (2) Shirley Oaks Village Residents Association, (3) Peer Securities Ltd, (4) Mrs Toogood on Tollers Lane.
Responses about (1) green spaces, (2) Lansdowne Rd, (3) on sustainability, (4) equalities and housing design.
Additional information/explanations/modifications on: (1) Green Belt allocations for schools, (2) Purley Oask Depot Pond, (3) changes to the proposals map, (4) Poppy Lane flooding, (5) office space definition.
The documents can be accessed at
Planning and Listening
I discussed the importance of the Council needing to listen to the concerns of residents on planning issues at the Croydon Assembly on 24 July. The text of what I said is on my other blog site:
Planning is political
In my talk on 29 June to the South Croydon Community Association on aspects of the history of the area I set it within the context of planning and the Local Plan with its summaries of the heritage of the existing Conservation Areas and the proposed Local Heritage Heritage areas replacing the some of the existing Local Areas of Special Characteristics. I then went on to say:
‘So South Croydon is a very large area which is rich with history, economic, social and political. History and heritage are not something that are just relevant to the past. Because of the various economic, social and political forces that have shaped the historic environment, everywhere enshrines into day to day living experience that history and heritage. Apart from very special surviving buildings it is easy to ignore it until it comes under threat from development. And perhaps more important than the surviving buildings is the loss of understanding about the people and the communities that lived in the areas.
A lot is known but much more research needs to be carried out to understand the forces that developed it, the resultant present day characteristics, in order to have a sound basis on which to judge the next twenty years of development under the Local Plan that is being examined by an independent Inspector.
Planning is a highly controversial mediation of competing interests. It is an intensely political process, sometimes becoming a party political battle ground as well. The people who are largely ignored in this are the residents. It clear that the Council wishes to see intensification of housing development along Brighton Rd. The question the Association needs to ask is what will be acceptable development in terms of height and design, and what buildings or terraces should be protected.’