Heathfield Residents support local plan protest
27/01/2016 17:10:00.......Posted by Jason Cummings
It was great to see a number of Heathfield Residents at the Council meeting on the 25th January. Below I have summarised why it is so important for local residents to stand up against the Council's plans to ruin our local green space.
We are particularly concerned about the plans to create traveller sites at the following sites:-
Coombe Lodge Nurseries off Conduit Lane, site 661;
Coombe Farm off Oaks Road, site 502;
Pear Tree Farm and Pear Tree Farm Cottage, Featherbed Lane, site 755;
And the de-designation of:
Forestdale as a location where the Council wants to see “focussed intensification associated with gradual change of area’s local character” (page 129, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals). It goes on to describe what this means:
“New development located in designated areas would be significantly larger than existing and may be associated with merging smaller properties. The promoted character types are: ‘Medium-rise blocks with associated grounds’, ‘Large buildings with spacing’ and ‘Largebuildings with strong frontages’. Their gradual introduction will alter over time the predominant character of intensified areas” (page 132, Croydon Local Plan Detailed Policies & Proposals).
The idea that the largely terraced housing and small blocks of flats in Forestdale should be replaced by medium-rise blocks is unacceptable - it would completely change the character of the area.