Sanderstead car park
28/03/2017 22:15:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
There is still time to comment on the proposal by Croydon Council to build on Sanderstead Road shoppers' car park. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the month/March.
Here is what I said:
I attended the consultation event at Sanderstead United Reformed Church a few weeks ago to raise my concerns about the proposed development on the site of the shopper's car park on Sanderstead Road.
My ward colleague Yvette Hopley and I raised a number of concerns, the most significant being that the car park was being lost: only seven spaces will remain once the works are complete and this is quite insufficient for local need.
The nearby station car park is for all day commuter parking and doesn't have availability for short term parking (the minimum charge is £5.50). The majority of people who use this car park use the shops opposite.
This matter is compounded by the station approach shops redevelopment which was approved by the council this year, which no doubt will take away the parking places outside the shops whilst the construction is in progress.
I understand that the proposed new development of 18-22 flats will not have any car spaces at all on the grounds they are close to public transport. Experience suggests that in spite of planners’ earnestly-held views, many of the occupiers will keep cars for recreational purposes and these cars will be parked in the already heavily-parked (and many with metered parking) nearby streets. The adjacent development allowed when the other half of the car park was sold off has provision for 30% of occupiers to park and the same should be true of any future development! .
The car park has already been reduced in size over ten years ago to accommodate a block of flats and the amount of spaces left was proportionate and deemed necessary to serve the residents who drive down from Sanderstead and the surrounds to use the facilities. Sanderstead is built on a steep hill and therefore most people have to drive to the shops. Very few people cycle as a result.
To take away the infrastructure that supports the area is not sensible at all and there are plenty of other areas that can be developed in the borough.
I certainly hope that you do take note of the residents, shops and other people who write asking you not to bui! ld on this much needed facility and think about the impact it is going to have on the residents of Sanderstead, Croham, Purley and indeed a number of other residents in nearby areas who use this much used public facility from which an income is derived.
I also have significant concerns about the shadowing of one block by the other and the loss of privacy in the existing block, whose living and bedrooms will be heavily overlooked if this development goes ahead.
And finally, local groups believe that the car park was willed by a resident to the people of Sanderstead for communal use and was merely passed on to the council as a custodian. The total loss of this public facility would therefore be a significant breach of good faith by the council.