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11 July 2016
 
Thousands object to Labour plans to concrete over green Croydon
 

Labour’s ‘Local Plan’ – a document containing their plans for building in the borough – has been released for approval after consulting with the public.

The Council received over 7,000 responses on Labour’s Local Plan last year local Conservative Councillors, Residents’ Associations and residents came together in unprecedented fashion to object to the Labour Council’s local plan, with over 7,000 responses submitted during the consultation.

As a result the Labour Council has backtracked in a number of key areas.

What was proposed in the original plans:

  • a gypsy and traveller site in Conduit Lane, in the green belt, next to the award winning Coombe Wood Gardens. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
  • a gypsy and traveller site at Coombe Farm, in the green belt, next to Lloyd Park. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
  • a gypsy and traveller site at Pear Tree Farm, in the green belt. U-TURN AFTER PRESSURE
  • the return to policies that allow building on back gardens and any green space, with developers pressurising homeowners through garden grabbing. GARDENS WILL HAVE GREATER PROTECTION AFTER PRESSURE
  • intensification of development around shopping parades, such as South Croydon, Forestdale and Shirley. MAJORITY OF SUBURBAN STREETS WITHDRAWN AFTER PRESSURE

Whilst Labour have u-turned on many issues there are still a number of areas of the local plan that will change the nature of our borough forever:

  • the introduction of a gypsy and traveller site at the Purley Highways Depot, behind the already overcrowded recycling centre.
  • the loss of greenbelt status for areas such as (Site of Special Scientific Interest) Croham Hurst Woods and Purley Downs.
  • the introduction of a number of schools into the green belt.
  • the downgrading of the much loved Metropolitan Open Land around Shirley Oaks Village, though the plans for 100s of new homes have been dropped.
  • the loss of Local Area of Special Character protection for over twenty roads including West Hill, Stanhope Road, Preston Road and Cheston Avenue.

Just like last time it is imperative that as many residents as possible respond to the latest consultation which will commence on 5th September 2016 for a six week period.

Whilst Labour bowing to public and political pressure is welcome, there are still major areas of concern for Croydon, namely the introduction of a new gypsy and traveller site in Purley; the downgrading of much loved greenbelt and metropolitan open land and the loss of protected special character status for many roads, with the sneaky move from Local Areas of Special Character to Local Heritage Areas.

Cllr Jason Perry, Conservative Spokesman for Planning, commented: “People power has shaken the foundations of this Labour Council, forcing them to u-turn on a many of the key pillars of their flawed local plan.

‘Despite bowing to public pressure, Labour still have plans to downgrade our precious greenbelt and remove the special status of many areas in Croydon. This is our last chance to fight these damaging proposals. Now more than ever residents need to let this Council know that their plans are simply not good enough for our town.”

ENDS

How to comment on the plans:

The Local Plan documents, the accompanying Sustainability Appraisals and the Representation Form to respond to the Consultation may be viewed once the consultation starts:

  • At the borough’s libraries (during normal opening hours)
  • At Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, 9:00am-4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
  • By downloading from the Council’s website: Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanone Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo
  • Alternative formats of the document are available on request at LDF@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8407 1385.
  • You can respond by letter, e-mail, petition to ldf@croydon.gov.uk
  • Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review, Spatial Planning, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA

For more information, contact Cllr Jason Perry using Jason.perry@croydon.gov.uk or Cllr Mario Creatura using Mario.creatura@croydon.gov.uk

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