Sanderstead Road car park part 2
29/03/2017 15:54:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
I've had a reply from Newman Francis to the email I sent yesterday in response the consultation:
Dear Cllr Tim Pollard,
It was great to see you at our community engagement event last month. Many thanks for your email, your feedback has been noted and has been passed onto Brick by Brick.
The concerns you have raised have also been brought up by residents, both who attended the event and those who were unable to. They have outlined that they use the car park for various purposes, mainly to access the local shops and businesses in the area, and feel that the loss of the car park will have an impact on their community. Residents who live directly adjacent to the development proposals at Vantage Point, have noted their concerns about overlooking & loss of privacy and these are points that we have collated in our final engagement report which we have now sent onto Brick by Brick and the architects.
Brick by Brick have informed me that overlooking/daylighting are all taken into account and reviewed when submitting a planning application. This information will be submitted with their planning application, and residents will have an opportunity to submit further feedback on the development proposals, and note their objections / support on Croydon Council's Public Access Register at http://publicaccess2.croydon.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application
In addition, Brick by Brick have intended for the proposed development to be car-free and is a measure which they have taken to avoid increasing congestion on the streets in areas where there are good public transport links. Should the development proposal go ahead, they will advertise this to anyone looking to move in.
You can view feedback from our community engagement event on our website at http://newmanfrancis.org/brick-brick-sanderstead-road-car-park/
So on the one hand they get some kudos for a properly considered response rather than a generic one. On the other hand it is deeply concerning that the reply indicates that it is a foregone conclusion that a planning application is forthcoming: 'Brick by Brick have informed me that overlooking/daylighting are all taken into account and reviewed when submitting a planning application. This information will be submitted with their planning application'.
Call me a boring old traditionalist, but I thought the point of doing a consultation on the possible redevelopment of a local site was to enable a decision to be taken as to whether it should go ahead or not!
And with Cllr Scott cheerfully approving virtually every development that's put in front of him at the moment, it looks like we won't have our car park for much longer.