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.
Sanderstead Memorial Hall - Appeal for Committee Members 16/05/2018 09:48:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale
~~A request from Malcolm Sauders for new Committee Members for Sanderstead Memorial Hall
"You may be aware of Sanderstead Memorial Hall on Purley Oaks Road. It was built as a tribute to the men and women who died or served their country in the First World War. The hall was opened in June 1922 by Vice Admiral A.F.B. Carpenter VC of Zeebrugge fame. The Sanderstead Hall Association was formed in 1923 to manage the hall.
The hall is used as a facility for residents of Sanderstead and, subject to availability and proposed use, may be hired. It is used on a regular basis for various activities by several groups. These include:
The Cavat School of Dance Castle Day Nursery Dog Training Class Beeches Badminton Club Sanderstead Hall Badminton Club
We are looking for volunteers to join our small committee. The duties are not onerous as we have an excellent Business Manager, Caroline Hubbard, who manages the hall on a daily basis. The small, volunteer committee meet twice a year to review the management of the hall and any refurbishments necessary. If you are a resident of Sanderstead and interested in finding out more please contact: Caroline Hubbard on 07775 680087 or Malcolm Saunders on 020 8657 1795
Malcolm Saunders – Committee Member
Roadworks at the bottom of Sanderstead Hill - delays possible 16/05/2018 09:47:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale
~~ The Council has advised the following:
“To facilitate patching works, Kier will have three way signals on Sanderstead Road on the junction with Farm Fields from 21st to 23rd May , 2018 between 9.30am and 3.30pm This has been agreed during off peak hours to minimise the effect on the road network.”
Sanderstead Residents' Association AGM 11/05/2018 13:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The SRA AGM was held on Thursday, 10 May at All Saints' Church Hall. I was pleased to attend with Cllr Lynne Hale, Cllr Tim Pollard and Cllr Helen Redfern, a newly elected councillor for the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward. The lower end of Sanderstead, of which there are a number of members falls under her jurisdiction under the new boundary/ward changes. The event is well supported by its members and our Safer Neighbourhood Police Team who give an update on crime and crime prevention in our locality. A number of grants were made to various organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care and Scouting groups as well as the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley. Chris Philp MP gave a parliamentary update and the evening was rounded off with some beverages and snacks kindly provided by Waitrose. The Association was formed in 1926 and long may it continue. Well done to the committee and the executive for all the hard work and support they have given to residents.
I am pleased to say that the application for fulll planning permission on the above site no. 17/05843/FUL has been withdrawn. The application consisted of a two storey building on an area of land to rear of 10 Clyde Avenue, in association with the creation of four self contained (C3) residential flats with associated parking and bin stores. It was a complete overdevelopment of the site so residents will be delighted.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors 10/05/2018 09:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
It would appear that when the 20mph zone was introduced in the borough the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors were not altered accordingly. Most of these in the borough are still set to come on when speeds are over 30mph. This has been brought to my attention by residents in Purley Downs Road. I am informed that the ANPR's will be re-set to advise when drivers are exceeding the speed limits. Residents have also informed me that slight road rage is occuring since the introduction of the limit on this fairly main road which is a bus route. Drivers are either obeying the law and driving at 20mph or indeed ignoring it completing and over-taking drivers at great speed which is obviously quite dangerous. I do hope that the introduction of this limitation doesn't cause more accidents as that clearly is not the intention. Sadly, roads where the most accidents are occuring, such as the nasty one last week when a car came down Sanderstead Hill at speed landing in the garden of the dentist are not benefiting from any scheme to reduce the problem of speeding on this very busy and fast road.
Sanderstead Councillors Elected - Thank You 10/05/2018 09:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A very big thank you to all the residents who voted for myself and my fellow colleagues, Cllr Lynne Hale and Cllr Tim Pollard. We all appreciate your support and look forward to serving you for another four years. More details about the results are listed on the home page. If you have any issues or concerns you want to discuss do get in touch.
Potholes 27/04/2018 08:30:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
A few days ago I reported a bad area of road surface at the bottom of Mitchley Avenue by the junction with Lower Barn Road. As a result Keir were repairing the carriageway in Mitchley Avenue yesterday opposite the junction with Buttermere Gardens and are working towards repairing all the other pot holes identified. Engineers are assessing Mitchley Avenue for future patching works and I have asked that they update me on their intentions once the assessment has been undertaken.
I also asked that a sunken area of Lime Meadow Avenue be looked at as I am worried that this indicates problems with the mains sewer underneath. This has now been marked for temporary repair and more detailed investigation. I did report this several years ago but apparently then it didn't cause concern - so I am (sort of) pleased that now it is being taken more seriously!
Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way 24/04/2018 19:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard
To facilitate emergency gas works outside number 2 Sanderstead Court Avenue, Southern Gas Networks have had to make the road one way from its junction with Limpsfield Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Sanderstead Court Avenue/ Onslow Gardens/ Cranleigh Gardens/ Limpsfield Road.
It is expected for the work to be completed by Tuesday 1st May. I will post further updates if this changes.
After a number of requests the damaged sapling on the Addington Road has finally been planted. Street trees add such value and its pretty blossoms will soon form new growth.
Large Street Tree in Lower Barn Road 16/04/2018 11:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The council have promised that the large tree running alongside Riddlesdown Lawn Tennis Club is at last going to have a crown reduction. The leaf fall is impacting one side of the tennis courts and needs a good prune. The promise is to do the work within the next two months so fingers crossed!
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