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Cllr  Lynne  Hale
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Two planning applications pushed through
30/01/2017 16:47:00......Posted by Tim Pollard

I normally try to avoid being excessively political in this blog, as I am conscious that it is read by people who support all political parties (and none). However, this post is going to have to be the honourable exception to that rule.

Last Thursday night the Labour-dominated planning committee approved a number of intensification schemes in the south of the borough including two in Sanderstead. Sadly for local democracy, there was never any question that these schemes would be refused – despite the fact that committee members are not supposed to be whipped or express pre-determination, in each case all six Labour members voted en bloc.

The first of the schemes in Sanderstead was 105-107 Purley Downs Road, currently occupied by two lovely and distinctive large detached houses opposite the golf course. The proposal is to demolish both and replace with two large blocks of nine flats. One block is to be for sale and the other to be ‘affordable’, in co-operation with a housing association. I spoke in opposition to this development, as did a representative of the residents in Hill Barn, who would be most affected.

Here is what I said:

105 and 107 Purley Downs Road are two of the finest detached properties in Sanderstead, one of which was built by a local builder whose works are characterised by the distinctive glazed green tiles. As such I deeply regret that the owners have opted to sell these beautiful houses to a developer only for them to be demolished. That’s a great shame, but sadly I have to accept that it is not unlawful to do this.

If they are to go, it would seem a great shame not to insist that the space is filled by the type of accommodation of which we need much more and which is found a few yards down the road in Maywater and Tindale Closes – namely small family detached houses.

Instead , advised by the council during an extended pre-application process, the committee is being asked to adjudicate on two large blocks of flats, of which there are no other examples on Purley Downs Road. The two blocks are derived from the blocks from a previous scheme on this location, which was treated as two separate schemes on each of the plots of 105 and 107, both of which were refused by Croydon, upheld on appeal. The Inspector determined that the previous scheme would ‘materially harm the character and appearance of the area’. He further concluded that the scheme ‘failed to promote or reinforce local distinctiveness, and to seek a good standard of amenity for all existing and future occupants of land and buildings, a necessary requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework.’

It is hard to see that these concerns have been substantively ameliorated in the new scheme. The buildings are still alien, do not promote local distinctiveness and offer poor amenity for residents of the buildings. They still materially harm the appearance and character of the area. The revised scheme does go some way towards reducing the bulk and massing issues with the first scheme, although it will still be significantly worse than the current buildings and more intrusive than any others on the road. In particular there will be significant dominance as seen from Hill Barn , along with a significant increase in the overlooking of the detached properties in Hill Barn which back onto the site. This will result in a loss of privacy to those residents, especially from the higher floors in the new blocks. Although some soft landscaping is proposed, the parking requirements mean that this is necessarily modest in scale. It does not offer much reassurance that the privacy of neighbours will be protected.

The new blocks have been brought forward significantly and now stand in front of the building line. This will increase the dominance as seen from the road. In the locality people accept that development on this site is probably inevitable. But this is the wrong development for this area so I would ask that the committee refuses the application.

Sadly all these arguments were in vain. The Conservative councillors present moved refusal, which was rejected by 6 votes to 4 and the committee chair, Labour’s councillor Paul Scott then moved approval which was agreed by the same 6 votes to 4.

The second application, for land between Church Way, Briton Hill Road and Arkwright Road, went the same way. Here a tiny access road was to be created which is too narrow for a fire engine to get access, to lead to three new two storey detached houses. A local resident spoke very eloquently about the good reasons for refusal. Again the four Conservative councillors on the committee chose to support the 35 residents who were against the development in this form. Again the Labour chair proposed approval and his five colleagues slavishly followed his lead. Six to four in favour.

The other applications in other wards had all gone the same way when I left. Perhaps I was an unlucky charm that night, because shortly after I left we had a rare success - in Croham ward. Cllr Jason Perry and Cllr Luke Clancy proposed and seconded refusal on a scheme to replace the Stag & Hounds pub with an over cramped development. Whilst there was nothing to protect the pub in planning terms, Jason and Luke argued it was an over-intensification and pointed especially to the lack of defensible space for the residential units fronting busy highways which showed the developer had built as close as possible to every boundary - in some cases by 0.2 metres. To Conservative members’ astonishment the chair of the committee agreed with them, Labour abstained and they overturned the officer recommendation. Doubtless it will soon be back in a slightly less awful form and will be agreed, but at least this was a small victory for local residents.

Even more alarmingly, the Chair nailed his colours to the mast in terms of setting out what the Labour Group’s policy is. He said – and I quote – “There is no area of the borough where it is inappropriate to build flats”.

He went on to outline that respecting the character of an area does not mean building dwellings that are broadly the same as the ones around them. Nowhere, apparently, has the right to be considered special. And our housing need is so acute that, according to Scott, ‘every part of the borough will require intensification’.

Isn’t democracy marvellous?

 
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McCarthy & Stone - Limpsfield Road
24/05/2018 16:10:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I visited McCarthy & Stone today with Hakeem (Director of Right at Home and one of the members of the Dementia Alliance) to talk to residents about local issues and concerns.  I am pleased to say that most of the residents are living independently with little need for help from the house manager.  They enjoy being close to the shops and park and many still drive locally and take part in a number of activities.  Places like this are essential in maintaining independence for longer and they enjoy sharing stories with each other in this "family type setting".  The main concerns for residents were the cost of parking at Croydon University Hospital and the fact that there weren't enough blue badge spaces vailable when they had day appointments.  This is something Hakeem is going to look into and I have suggested that residents take up this issue with our very helpful MP Chris Philp.  Also of concern was the speed of cars on Purley Downs Road.  Since the introduction of the 20mph zone a number of other motorists are overtaking law abiding citizens and frightening them when vehicles pass at speeds in excees of 50mph.  I have been informed by the cabinet member that he is going to ask that 20mph signs be painted on the road surfaces, which I hope has some impact on those driving too fast on this road.  Another concern was the closure of Sandrstead Car Park for flats.  Many residents drive to the shops to get prescriptions and shopping and use the surgery and other facilities.  They feel they will be more isolated if they are not able to park their cars nearby to the shops and are unable to walk very far at all.  This is a worry and was raised by the councillors during the consultation period but sadly wasn't taken into consideration.  Another concern was the uneven pavements, some of which are quite at a camber which makes it difficult to get to Waitrose.  I will speak to the director of service to see if anything can be done.  Hakeem and I really enjoyed our chat with the residents and look forward to returning at a future date.

 


 

Green Waste - Missed Collections
24/05/2018 10:13:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents have experienced problems with signing up to the new green waste collection.  Having navigated the council system and put out their green waste one or two residents have experienced missed collections.  This has resulted in an automatic response that the bins have either not been presented correctly or the contents have been contaminated/unsuitable for collection.  On investigation by council officers it was found not to be the  case but perhaps just an excuse from the operative/Veolia not to return to something they have missed.  I know that a number of elderly residents are not on email and if you know somebody struggling with the introduction of this seasons green waste collections or indeed any other issues do get in touch with me and I will try to assist.

 

 


 

Sanderstead Memorial Hall - Appeal for Committee Members
16/05/2018 09:48:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale

~~A request from Malcolm Sauders for new Committee Members for Sanderstead Memorial Hall

"You may be aware of Sanderstead Memorial Hall on Purley Oaks Road. It was built as a tribute to the men and women who died or served their country in the First World War.
The hall was opened in June 1922 by Vice Admiral A.F.B. Carpenter VC of Zeebrugge fame. The Sanderstead Hall Association was formed in 1923 to manage the hall.

The hall is used as a facility for residents of Sanderstead and, subject to availability and proposed use, may be hired. It is used on a regular basis for various activities by several groups. These include:

 The Cavat School of Dance
 Castle Day Nursery
 Dog Training Class
 Beeches Badminton Club
 Sanderstead Hall Badminton Club

We are looking for volunteers to join our small committee. The duties are not onerous as we have an excellent Business Manager, Caroline Hubbard, who manages the hall on a daily basis. The small, volunteer committee meet twice a year to review the management of the hall and any refurbishments necessary. If you are a resident of Sanderstead and interested in finding out more please contact:
Caroline Hubbard on 07775 680087   or  Malcolm Saunders on 020 8657 1795

Malcolm Saunders – Committee Member

 

 


 

Roadworks at the bottom of Sanderstead Hill - delays possible
16/05/2018 09:47:00.......Posted by Lynne Hale

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The Council has advised the following:


“To facilitate patching works, Kier will have three way signals on Sanderstead Road on the junction with Farm Fields from 21st to 23rd May , 2018 between 9.30am and 3.30pm
This has been agreed during off peak hours to minimise the effect on the road network.”
 

 


 

Sanderstead Residents' Association AGM
11/05/2018 13:50:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

The SRA AGM was held on Thursday, 10 May at All Saints' Church Hall.  I was pleased to attend with Cllr Lynne Hale, Cllr Tim Pollard and Cllr Helen Redfern, a newly elected councillor for the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward.  The lower end of Sanderstead, of which there are a number of members falls under her jurisdiction under the new boundary/ward changes.  The event is well supported by its members and our Safer Neighbourhood Police Team who give an update on crime and crime prevention in our locality.  A number of grants were made to various organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care and Scouting groups as well as the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley. Chris Philp MP gave a parliamentary update and the evening was rounded off with some beverages and snacks kindly provided by Waitrose.  The Association was formed in 1926 and long may it continue.  Well done to the committee and the executive for all the hard work and support they have given to residents.

 


 

10 Clyde Avenue, Sanderstead - Application Withdrawn
10/05/2018 17:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I am pleased to say that the application for fulll planning permission on the above site no. 17/05843/FUL has been withdrawn.  The application consisted of a two storey building on an area of land to rear of 10 Clyde Avenue, in association with the creation of four self contained (C3) residential flats with associated parking and bin stores.  It was a complete overdevelopment of the site so residents will be delighted.

 


 

Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors
10/05/2018 09:08:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

It would appear that when the 20mph zone was introduced in the borough the Automatic Number Plate Recognition Visors were not altered accordingly.  Most of these in the borough are still set to come on when speeds are over 30mph.  This has been brought to my attention by residents in Purley Downs Road.  I am informed that the ANPR's will be re-set to advise when drivers are exceeding the speed limits.  Residents have also informed me that slight road rage is occuring since the introduction of the limit on this fairly main road which is a bus route.  Drivers are either obeying the law and driving at 20mph or indeed ignoring it completing and over-taking drivers at great speed which is obviously quite dangerous.  I do hope that the introduction of this limitation doesn't cause more accidents as that clearly is not the intention.  Sadly, roads where the most accidents are occuring, such as the nasty one last week when a car came down Sanderstead Hill at speed landing in the garden of the dentist are not benefiting from any scheme to reduce the problem of speeding on this very busy and fast road.

 

 

 


 

Sanderstead Councillors Elected - Thank You
10/05/2018 09:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

 
 

A very big thank you to all the residents who voted for myself and my fellow colleagues, Cllr Lynne Hale and Cllr Tim Pollard.  We all appreciate your support and look forward to serving you for another four years.  More details about the results are listed on the home page.  If you have any issues or concerns you want to discuss do get in touch.

 


 

Potholes
27/04/2018 08:30:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

A few days ago I reported a bad area of road surface at the bottom of Mitchley Avenue by the junction with Lower Barn Road. As a result Keir were repairing the carriageway in Mitchley Avenue yesterday opposite the junction with Buttermere Gardens and are working towards repairing all the other pot holes identified. Engineers are assessing Mitchley Avenue for future patching works and I have asked that they update me on their intentions once the assessment has been undertaken. 

I also asked that a sunken area of Lime Meadow Avenue be looked at as I am worried that this indicates problems with the mains sewer underneath. This has now been marked for temporary repair and more detailed investigation. I did report this several years ago but apparently then it didn't cause concern - so I am (sort of) pleased that now it is being taken more seriously!

 


 

Sanderstead Court Avenue one-way
24/04/2018 19:04:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

To facilitate emergency gas works outside number 2 Sanderstead Court Avenue, Southern Gas Networks have had to make the road one way from its junction with Limpsfield Road. The diversion for displaced traffic will be via Sanderstead Court Avenue/ Onslow Gardens/ Cranleigh Gardens/ Limpsfield Road. 


It is expected for the work to be completed by Tuesday 1st May.  I will post further updates if this changes.

 


 

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