The key issues to note for Croydon are as follows.
As suspected, protection for back gardens has been removed. In addition, the Plan actually appears to be encouraging garden grabbing with a presumption in favour of 'infill development within the curtilage of a house'.
The housing density matrix has been completely removed. This means there are no limits or guidelines to the appropriate density of developments in particular areas.
Also as expected, there has been a drastic squeeze on parking standards. All developments with PTAL of 5-6 (i.e. areas with good public transport) are expected to be car free without exception. There is also a squeeze on office and retail parking.
Whilst internal housing space standards remain the same, it now says they should not be exceeded. The previous London Plan encouraged the space standards to be exceeded. So they are effectively now a maximum, rather than a minimum.
There are no targets for family homes, despite previous commitments. Boris's housing strategy had a target for 36% of affordable homes to be family sized. There was no target in Khan's housing strategy and we were told to expect this in the London Plan instead - however, it is not there. It also suggests that two bed units can be considered suitable for family housing.
As previously announced, the new London housing target is 64,935 homes a year across London. Croydon’s share is just under 3,000 homes per year, the fifth highest in London and the largest of any of the boroughs without large brownfield (former industrial or housing) sites. The borough breakdown show that Croydon’s target is double Bromley’s and three times Sutton’s.
Within this, there is also a new specific target for development on small sites of 24,573 homes per year. Again Croydon’s target is 50% more than Bromley’s and double Sutton’s.
There is a 'strategic target' for 50% affordable housing across London.
Cumulatively, these policies will encourage (particularly in outer London suburbs) a huge increase in the demolition of existing family housing and its replacement with blocks of flats with little to no parking provision.
The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, of which I am a member, are organising a series of popular music films throughout 2019. These Dementia Friendly screenings have been sponsored by the local Sanderstead councillors and the Coulsdon councillors. The aim is to make cinema more accessible by providing an inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they'd like to. For tickets go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Dementia Friendly Screening. If you are a wheelchair user please use the online contact form with Dementia Friendly Screenings in the Subject Field.
All films listed start at 11 am - tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 10.15. Admission is Free!
Selsdon Half Marathon in Aid of South East Cancer Help Centre 23/03/2019 11:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was pleased to start the Selsdon Half Marathon this morning. The event is organised by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Selsdon and all the volunteers come from around the country to assist. Hope everyone has a good run and I am particularly appreciative of the funds raised for the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley.
The centre is open to all who need supoort.
McCarthy & Stone Development - Atwood House 11/03/2019 12:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I was plesed to meet the new manager, Sue Todd and have a look around the new accommodation and facilities available for the residents. I particularly liked the lounge where residents can meet and chat and have friends over for a coffee or enjoy the lovely garden. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed with walk in shower rooms, which are so important in later years for those less able to get in and out of a bath. They have a new IT system in every room where residents can interconnect with their neighbours and set up a watch system with the manager so that she knows residents are safe without invading private space. These apartments are so important for our elderly residents who know they can stay in the place they love whilst living in a secure environment. Staying independent for longer is very important and I hope that we see more of these high quality apartments in the future for residents to enjoy. Picture - Sue Todd and the new key pad IT system.
McCarthy & Stone Development Addington Road - Refuse 11/03/2019 12:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I visited the new McCarthy & Stone Development today to try to see what had happened in terms of waste collections at the fltas. Unfortunately, since October of last year the manager has been unable to secure regular collections at the site.The bins are now over-flowing and residents in desperation have taken their waste to the recycling centre. I am hoping that they won't have to suffer too much longer before regular collection are in place.
SGN works on Sanderstead Court Avenue 01/03/2019 15:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
The SGN works at the corner of Limpsfield Road and Sanderstead Court Avenue have been causing chaos for a few days now, but unfortunately they are due to say another week due to 'unforseen complications'. They expect to be removing them on 8th March.
Crossways House - 209 Sanderstead Road 01/03/2019 15:05:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Despite constant reporting of missed collections Crossways House on Sanderstead Road has not received regular collections of waste for months. The cost of enlisting the services of a private waste disposal service and a cleansing company to clean up the dreadful mess is mounting. I have contacted the director and the cabinet member asking when a normal service can be resumed. It appears that despite contacting the council myself the waste still remains piled high. It just isn't good enough. Residents are extremely upset.
Ministerial Visit by Mims Davies to Croydon Carers Centre 01/03/2019 13:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I attended a meeting at Croydon Carer's Centre with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP and our prospective parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central, Mario Creatura. We were also joined by my deputy Cllr Margaret Mead and Cllr Scott Roche. The Minister was extremely interested in the good work of the centre and even joined in the Indian dancing session. She was concerned about the number of elderly in the borough who are socially isolated and praised the many carers here in Croydon, many of which come to the Centre for support.
David Lean Cinema - Dementia Screenings - All Welcome 20/02/2019 19:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The Sanderstead Councillors have sponsored two Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema. The First one is on:
Date: 5 March
Time: Tea/coffee available from 10.15am, film starts at 11am
These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to. There is an interval for people to take a break and tea and coffee will be served before the film starts.
Food Waste Bins - Montana Close 11/02/2019 17:40:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The food waste bins at Montana Close have not been collected since 18 December. They are so full and smelly that residents have reported this as an environmental issue to the council. Repeated requests by residents and the management company are to no avail. I have reported the missed bins on several occasions. What has gone wrong nobody can explain. The Director of service has promised that the bins will be collected tomorrow. Let's wait and see!
Clinic - Rectory Park Sanderstead 30/01/2019 10:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The local councillors received many emails from concerned resident about the possible closure of the clinic at Rectory Park. I have received the following official statement which does give some assurance:
RE: SANDERSTEAD CLINIC
We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients. There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.
Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses. Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.
At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people.
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