Croydon Local Plan Review now re-opened
You may be aware that the Council has reactivated its’ review of the Croydon Local Plan, after pausing it as a result of Covid:
It has released its’ proposed updates for public consultation, with a closing date for receiving comments / feedback from the public of 17th February. After the 17th February the Council can make amendments to it’s current proposals, and then submit the updated draft plan, plus submissions / comments made by the public and other public bodies like the emergency services, to the National Planning Inspectorate for their review. The Planning Inspectorate will then review the proposals, and can make amendments to the proposed changes, after which the Updated Plan is finalised and becomes the primary document that the Council will use in determining planning applications.
Over the past eight years or so we have seen how the Council have used the current Local Plan to approve many inappropriate developments in our area
Over the past eight years or so we have seen how the Council have used the current Local Plan to approve many inappropriate developments in our area, apparently in support of their desire to ‘concrete over the South of the Borough’.
The proposed Local Plan Update proposes more of the same for Purley and its’ surrounding area. Notwithstanding that they have approved 1,544 new housing units in Purley since 2018 (more than the rest of the Borough combined), the Council propose 5,735 additional housing units for Purley, all without the provision of additional infrastructure.
This is the third latest number for a district within the Borough by a very large margin! Furthermore, and almost to add insult to injury, the Local Plan Update proposes that Purley should have a new leisure centre, after the Council orchestrated the closure of the existing one!
It is therefore essential that we make our voice heard in this Local Plan Update process, so that both the Council and the Planning Inspectorate are clear about our views on the Update.
Your Next Step (before Feb 17th)
Below is a link to the Council’s Local Plan Update website and the electronic form through which to make submissions.
The two most important questions on the Councils’ submission form are:
- 1) Please give details of why you consider this part of the revised Local Plan is not legally compliant, is unsound, or fails to comply with the duty to co-operate, and
- 2) Please set out the modification(s) you consider necessary to make the revised Local Plan legally compliant and sound, in respect to the matters you have identified above.
At the PWRA we have carefully reviewed the Purley section of the proposed Update and prepared comments in answer to these two questions, which we have already submitted to the Council.
These are below, and please feel free to use all or part of these in your own submissions.
- Council Local Plan Update website – GO HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSE
- Download and read the PWRA’s Response HERE (Please copy & paste or adapt our comments for your own submission, if helpful)