Croydon’s Local Plan 2018 is due for a partial review. This review is underway and is due to be adopted in early 2022.
The main reasons for the partial review are:
- the emerging new London Plan (in particular the significantly increased housing number);
- the requirement to review Local Plans within five years of the adoption of the last local plan; and
- monitoring the outcome of the Croydon Local Plan 2018.
The overarching stages of the partial review are:
- Local plan – adopted February 2018
- Local plan review – commences early 2019
- Preferred and alternative options – public consultation Autumn 2019
- Examination in public – Spring 2021
- Adoption – early 2022
The Council has issued Calls for Evidence on Local Green Spaces) and Development Sites.
It is meeting with Residents Associations to discuss the work needed to be undertaken to justify the proposed Local Green Space. It explains the reaon this needs to be done.
‘Local Green Space:
Local Green Space is a designation under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that offers additional protection against development. To be considered eligible for Local Green Space, paragraph 100 of the NPPF states that the site must be:
- a) in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
- b) demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
- c) local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.
‘Croydon’s Local Green Space History:
As you may be aware, during the adoption of the Croydon Local Plan 2018, 79 sites were put forward by the Council for the Local Green Space designation. However, these sites were rejected and removed from the Local Plan by the Planning Inspector, who was appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to review the soundness for the Croydon Local Plan.
During the examination of the Croydon Local Plan, significant weighting was given to Local Green Spaces being ‘of particular importance’ and ‘special’ to the community beyond everyday uses. The Inspector found that sufficient local evidence had not been provided for the Local Green Space proposals to be supported.
In order to successfully gain this designation, case history shows that evidence provided by the community that demonstrates the significance of the green space must be provided. Council acknowledge and value that Residents’ associations understand their areas and are well placed to facilitate this evidence collection. It is for this reason that we believe together we will be best able to collect the evidence needed to ensure as sites gain Local Green Space designation.
In line with the adopted Local Development Scheme, Council are currently preparing to carry out a partial review of the Croydon Local Plan 2018. This gives us an opportunity to evaluate our previous list of proposed sites in reflection of the Inspectors Comments, compile robust and compelling evidence for eligible green sites and put forward a strong case for their designation. A list of the sites that were previously put forward for designation
is attached and forms our starting point (Attachment 1). It is these sites that we will be revisiting and any further sites submitted.
Evidence and Evaluation Form:
To enable a robust compilation of evidence is prepared, an Evidence and Evaluation document has been prepared (Attachment 2). It is proposed that Residents’ Associations lead with the completion of this document. The document will guide you through the process of analysing and documenting the importance of the proposed site(s). Supporting text in italics has been given for each section of the form to give you a deeper understanding of the intention or provide examples of how to respond.
The final section of the form is space for additional / relevant evidence that cannot sit within the form itself.
To facilitate the collection evidence Council intend to open up a 6 week period of public engagement. A ‘Get Involved’ webpage will be published whereby community members could provide information against one or more of the 79 sites explaining how they use the site, why they value the site, does the site form part of a wider network of open spaces and more. At the end of the 6 week period, all evidence can be collated and can then be attached the completed Evidence and Evaluation document by the Plan-making team.
Following the completion of the 6 week public engagement period, the Council will be able to review the evidence and determine the suitability of each green space to be put forward for Local Green Space designation.
As noted by the Planning Inspector previously, Local Green Space is not a designation that is going to be suitable for the majority of green spaces within a Local Authority Area, 79 was found to be an unrealistic number of designations.
The projected time frame:
Residents’ Associations are welcome to commence work on completing the Evidence and Evaluation form as and when you are ready. The Council’s Spatial Planning Service are available to assist as needed and the meeting on the 11th of June will provide the opportunity to answer any questions.
It is expected that 6 week period of online public engagement run between June 3rd and July 14th.
The completed Evidence and Evaluation form will need to be completed and returned to Council’s Spatial Planning Service by July 14th. Between July 14th and July 31st the forms can be jointly reviewed.
How Local Green Space Evidence fits in with the Local Plan Review
The proposed sites for Local Green Space designation will be put forward as part of the Local Plan – Partial Review and presented to the community in the autumn for further
feedback. It is expected that the Croydon Local Plan – Partial Review be examined by the Planning Inspector in 2021.
Call for Sites
Alongside the above exercise relating to Local Green Spaces, Croydon will also be opening up a Call for Development Sites to the community. The aim of this activity is to receive submissions of potential development sites to be considered as part of the Croydon Local Plan – Partial Review. The Call for Sites is an opportunity for individuals, landowners, developers and organisations to make suggestions for the future use or development of land within the borough, which will be considered in the early stages of preparation of Croydon’s Local Plan Review.
Not all nominated sites are guaranteed to be included in the Croydon Local Plan – Partial Review. The site suggestions received will be assessed to establish their suitability for development given planning constraints and development requirements. Only appropriate and deliverable sites will be taken forward to Preferred and Alternative Options consultation and be considered as part of the Local Plan Review.’
For more information, the Plan-making team
can be contacted on 020 8407 1385
or reached via email at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background discussion see: