CROYDON LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION – council’s thinking behind Sainsbury’s plans
A Croydon planning officer has outlined some of the thinking behind proposals for the Crystal Palace area contained in the Croydon local plan.
“What we’re consulting upon are very much the proposals of land use. “This is the first round of consultation – it’s just principles at this stage” Steve Dennington, plan making team leader, told News From Crystal Palace.
Asked why proposals for the Norwood Heights site on Westow Street occupied by Sainsbury’s, the Phoenix community centre, and a variety of shops and restaurants contained figures of between 39 and 223 homes on the site, Mr Dennington said: “It’s a combination. “It’s driven in part by the London Plan Density Matrix and also driven by our own character appraisal as a borough.
“With this particular site it has a bearing on what the volume of the other land uses are as part of the overall scheme. “If there’s more of one use there’s less residential space.”
On proposals to turn the shopping parade at the top of South Norwood Hill into a neighbourhood centre he said neighbourhood centres are a designation that don’t have a specific boundary.
“What we have found is that the national ‘town centre first’ policy can be restrictive on community uses coming forward.
“What this policy seeks to do is identify a number of neighbourhood centres across the borough which are either existing or could be clusters of neighbourhood uses beyond the traditional retail function and enables community uses to come forward without having tension with national policy.
“It’s more of an enabling policy to enable community uses and neighbourhood centres to flourish as opposed to being restricvtive about land use.”
Asked why all the detailed proposals for Crystal Palace in the plan contain the phrase ‘no realistic alternative option’ Mr Dennington said this was fairly standard throughout the plan.
“That is obviously an option that is out there – if you think there’s other options we’re wanting to hear those.”
Mr Dennington’s comments came at a consultation event held at South Nor wood Methodist church on Wednesday evening. The plan itself referred to the event as a ‘drop-in session’.
In a press release titled: ‘Have your say on making Croydon a great place to live’ dated
November 6, 2015 Croydon council say: This consultation is your opportunity to contribute to and shape the Croydon Local Plan up to 2036. Any representations on the Croydon Local Plan (Preferred and Alternative Options) received during the consultation period will inform the Proposed Submission draft which will be published in Summer 2016.
Full details of the proposals can be found at www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanone and www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo
Comments can be made using a representation form which can be downloaded from www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanone or www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo or found at the borough’s libraries and Access Croydon.
Any comments or representation forms should be submitted by no later 18 December 2015 and should be sent to [email protected] or Spatial Planning Service, Bernard Weatherill House, 6th Floor Zone B, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.