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06 December 2015
New Traveller sites, 'Intensification', back garden development and acres of concrete - coming soon to an area near you


with their proposed changes to local planning rules

Do you want

  • a gypsy and traveller site in Conduit Lane, in the green belt, next to the award winning Coombe Wood Gardens?
  • a gypsy and traveller site at Coombe Farm, in the green belt, next to Lloyd Park?
  • a gypsy and traveller site at Pear Tree Farm, in the green belt?
  • the downgrading of the much loved Metropolitan Open Land around Shirley Oaks Village to allow developers to build 100s of new homes?
  • the return to policies that allow building on back gardens and any green space, with developers pressurising homeowners through garden grabbing?
  • the loss of greenbelt status for areas such as Croham Hurst, Timebridge and Coombe Playing Fields?
  • intensification of development around shopping parades, such as Kenley, South Croydon, Forestdale and Shirley?
  • the loss of Local Area of Special Character protection for over twenty roads including West Hill, Stanhope Road, Preston Road and Cheston Avenue?

Well this is just a flavour of what Croydon’s Labour Council is proposing for our town.

It is imperative that as many residents as possible respond to the consultation which is now underway from 6th November until 18th December 2015. Indeed, many of you may have already seen posters appearing in the area referring to site allocations and the consultation.

These posters refer to the London Borough of Croydon’s Local Plan, in other words the local planning rules that Croydon’s Labour Council wish to introduce. They are not planning applications in themselves. They are essentially adverts for the consultation that now runs until 18th December 2015.

Whilst there is much to be commended within these documents there are clearly major areas of concern for Croydon, namely the introduction of gypsy and traveller sites and schools in the green belt; the return to garden grabbing with building allowed on back gardens; the loss of protected special character status for many roads, with the move from Local Areas of Special Character to Local Heritage Areas and the downgrading of much loved greenbelt land.

Consultation events have taken place across the borough already, attended by many concerned residents, and the last of these is on Tuesday 8 December 3.30pm to 8pm in Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Purley CR8 3EA.

Both Local Plan documents, the accompanying Sustainability Appraisals and the Representation Form to respond to the Consultation may be viewed:

  • At the borough’s libraries (during normal opening hours)
  • At Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, 9:00am-4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
  • By downloading from the Council’s website: Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Preferred and Alternative Options) ; Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Preferred and Alternative Options) ; 
  •  Alternative formats of the document are available on request at or 020 8407 1385.

You can respond by letter, e-mail, petition to

Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review

Spatial Planning, Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA

This is our only chance as residents and local Councillors to fight these proposals.


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