Local Plan: good news for Sanderstead, not so good elsewhere
30/08/2017 07:37:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
We have had the outcome of the Local Plan Inspection in public, where residents' assocations across the borough and Conservative councillors tried to get the worst excesses of Labour's local plan rejected or turned down by the Inspector.
I think it is fair to say we have enjoyed mixed success, with some improvements to the plan gained, but much which is intensely disliked by residents still remaining.
In Sanderstead we have succeeded in getting the proposed intensification zone around Onslow Gardens removed. This was a particularly daft place to try to intensify and we are very pleased that it has gone. Elsewhere in the borough the intensification zones, all in wards which don't normally vote Labour, have been reduced in scale, which is good. But they are still there, which is bad!
We have also seen the deletion of Sanderstead Plantation from the Green Belt removed, so it remains as GB.
Two of the most disliked policies affecting this area - the Gypsy and Traveller site behind the recycling centre and the 16 storey tower in Purley - are still there, so if Labour gets its way will be built.
Other changes in brief:
- we’ve gained some MOL in Shirley but lost Local Green Space from the whole borough;
- we still have a school site at Coombe Playing Fields, with green belt status removed;
- the embargo on hot food outlets has been deleted;
- the protection of garden land policy has been deleted and incorporated into a new character policy;
- we have gained sites of nature conservation at Shirley Allotments and Kent Gateway.
All in all a mixed bag. My colleagues and I put a lot of time into supporting residents' groups and speaking at the Inspection hearings, so we are pleased that at least some of what we argued for has changed.
The changes to the plan (and only the changes, not the rest) are now open to consultation until early October.