Letter to Cllr Newman about Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works upgrade and lagoon
18/08/2015 14:11:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Councillor Tony Newman
Leader of the Council
London Borough of Croydon
18th August 2015
Dear Councillor Newman,
RE: Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works upgrade and lagoon.
We three Coulsdon West councillors and GLA Member Steve O’Connell would appreciate you and the Council taking the time to investigate the proposed development of Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works.
Over the past few weeks we have been contacted by a large number of residents, as well as several of our local residents’ associations, about the proposed Sutton and East Surrey Water’s plans to construct a waste water lagoon on Drake's field.
We are particularly concerned that construction traffic, for the next three years, will use Chipstead Valley Road.
It has been suggested that the construction traffic could use Holly Lane and the A217, although this may not be realistic. It would be appreciated if the Council could investigate the practicality of all options.
Council officers have suggested that Croydon was not notified of the application to build the lagoon as it technically falls in the area of Reigate and Banstead/Surrey County Council. As this also affects a high number of Coulsdon West/Croydon residents, it would be appreciated if planning officers could advise whether this is a breach of consultation and planning protocol highlighting what steps could be taken to remedy this.
It has been suggested that to mitigate the impact on the already congested Chipstead Valley Road that Croydon Council could contact those relevant authorities to ask if a planning condition may be inserted requiring that the developers cannot use Chipstead Valley Road and restrict hours of work to 8am to 6pm. This would ensure any additional pressure on narrow and busy local roads is restricted to times when the majority of our residents will not be using them.
Your swift support on this matter would be appreciated.
Cllr Mario Creatura
Cllr Jeet Bains
Cllr Luke Clancy
Steve O’Connell, GLA Member Croydon and Sutton)
(Cllr Paul Scott, Chair of the Planning Committee)
(Chris Philp MP, Croydon South)
(Coulsdon West Residents’ Association)
Response from a Council Officer: received on 19th August
'I can confirm that planning permission was granted by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on 24th June 2015 for the construction of the soakaway lagoon, the installation of pipework between the new lagoon and the existing works, an access road to the site from Rectory Lane and associated landscaping at Woodmansterne Water Treatment Works (reference 14/02077/F). Attached is a copy of the decision notice and site layout FYI.
During the course of the processing of a planning application close to the boundary with an adjoining authority it is normal practise to consult that authority. I have been in liaison with my counterpart at R&B and he has confirmed that notification was not sent to us, so we did not have the opportunity to comment on the proposals. That being said, we are not a Statutory Consultee and it does not alter the fact that planning permission has been granted. Even if we had been consulted and had objected, R&B are still within their right to grant planning permission.
I understand the key concern of Croydon residents relates to use of Chipstead Valley Road for construction traffic, particularly around school opening and closing times. As you can see from the decision notice, no conditions were imposed in relation to this. However, I have raised this point with Darren Williams (Neighbourhood Development Manager at R&B) and he assures me that the developer has been co-operative and positive towards community liaison and involvement to date. Darren has informed me today that he has been in dialogue with the developer and they will be engaging with the community groups/Reigate Cllrs/Croydon Cllrs/MPs and supports my request for joint working. To this effect they are taking seriously the concerns about traffic impacts and will be adopting a strategy that meets their needs but adopts practices, routes and times to manage impact.
Therefore the way forward on this is ultimately a dialogue between the planners at R&B and the developer, in consultation with residents. Darren will be leading on this for R&B. I have forwarded him Chris Philp’s and Cllr Creatura, Cllr Bains, Cllr Clancy and Steve O’Connell’s letters of 17th and 18th August respectively, both attached, so he is fully aware of our concerns.
So you are aware of the two applications currently with R&B (ref: 14/02077/DETO4 & 14/02077/DET03), they relate to discharge of conditions for landscaping and fencing.
I hope this is of assistance and clarifies the position from Croydon’s perspective.'