Objection to huge Sutton green belt construction project
18/08/2017 17:58:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
I've been made aware of a huge scheme, 99 properties, that are to be constructed on green belt land to the north and rear of Grove Lane.
You can view the application on Sutton Council's planning portal using ref C2017/77362.
The application falls just outside the Croydon borough-boundary and into Sutton, so whilst I have no formal role or ability to refer it to their Planning Committee for refusal, I have still written in and objected - asking the three local councillors to do the same.
Here is my objection:
'I write as a Croydon Councillor to object to the published application ref C2017/77362 for 99 properties to be built on green belt land to the north and rear of Grove Lane.
My ward of Coulsdon West directly borders Clockhouse ward and so I write with concern about the impact this will have on my ward and my residents.
Not only is the scale of this development out of keeping with the picturesque local area, enjoyed by many of my residents, but it is to be built on protected green belt in fields that are a natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife - including horse grazing.
The published planning documents claim that the development will not be seen by neighbouring properties. Many residents, particularly those already living in Grove Lane, have written to me protesting that this cannot be true given their proximity and the sheer scale of the intended design.
For my ward, I am particularly concerned about the increased pressure this scheme will place on Croydon's already groaning transport infrastructure. Coulsdon/Purley have a well-documented problem with congested roads and lengthy queues, particularly during peak commuter hours. Adding 99 houses to one site in Grove Lane will likely attract double the number of adult residents, implying a potential increase of some 200 resident-owned vehicles. With Coulsdon Town's parade of shops being so near, this will significantly increase the strain particularly on main roads such as Woodmansterne Road; Woodcote Grove Road and Smitham Downs Road.
This will in also negatively impact the already low-number of available parking spaces in Coulsdon Town.
Residents seeking to get into London terminal train stations will more than likely also increase pressure on our limited parking offer near to Coulsdon Town and Coulsdon South station, further adding to the already difficult journey many of my residents face on a daily basis.
For these reasons, I hope the three ward councillors will support my call for the Council Planning Committee to refuse the application.'
If you would like to object, you can email email@example.com. The three ward councillors are: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tim.Crowley@sutton.gov.uk and Amy.Haldane@sutton.gov.uk.