Croydon Council have now put information and documentation about the Ashburton Playing Fields development on the projects dedicated webpage:
There is a Q&A document to address some of the question already put to them. It also provides a form that anyone can use to feedback on the proposals. They will be updating the site regularly as the schemes progress.
Features of the proposal:
- 2x Floodlit artificial Football pitches.
- New Children’s play and landscaping.
- Improved foot and cycle paths across the playing fields.
- New community pavilion (including cafe, terrace, small fitness gym, changing rooms and community spaces).
- Dedicated car parking.
Dates in August are being finalised for when they will exhibit the proposals and provide an opportunity for residents to drop in and discuss the plans. We will confirm once they have those dates established. They are also working towards presenting the scheme to planning committee on August 16th 2018 as part of their Pre-App programme. We understand they are aiming to submit planning application for September 2018.
All residents will still have the opportunity to object or comment during a consultation period when a Planning Application is presented and validated by Development Management.
Please do share and inform neighbours/friends of this information so they have the opportunity to feedback.
A scheme has been proposed for development of two artificial football pitches on the Woodmere Avenue end of Ashburton Playing Fields.
Initial views and perspective from Shirley North Councillors (Cllr Sue Bennett, Cllr Richard Chatterjee and Cllr Gareth Streeter) have been outlined in this document.
Details of the document are outlined below, and in addition points from our MORA Planning Specialist…
- The scheme itself will provide benefits for Croydon as a whole and significantly increase access to superior sporting facilities for teams across the borough
- Some of the additional facilities – such as a gym and a possible café – might also be attractive to some in the wider community
- However, our initial view is that the benefits of the scheme will not be ones that appeal to its proposed immediate neighbours – the residents of Woodmere Avenue and other nearby residents.
- The scheme would however, present potentially significant challenges to residents such as loss of view, closing off of MOL, light/noise pollution and increased traffic.
- As such, it is highly unlikely that the Shirley North team of councillors would feel able to support the scheme without significant and substantial changes
The current understanding is that the scheme would consist of the following:
- 2 x artificial pitches
- Changing rooms
- Community room
- Car parking
- Small community gym
There is also the potential for a community café although it is not currently clear if that would be an additional facility of located in the community room.
The initial funding for the project would come from the Football Foundation (Premier League) and would be run as a commercial venture. The London Football Trust would give / sell the long lease (25 years) to a contractor to run.
The site would occupy 5 hectares of land (currently classified as MOL) at the corner of Woodmere Avenue. The map below details where the site will go (NOTE: this map has been constructed by the Councillors based on a verbal briefing and has not been provided by the officers behind the scheme):
Potential problems / risks / concerns
- Closing off of MOL (there would be fencing surrounding the site)
- Flood lighting on the pitches and potential light pollution
- Noise pollution
- Road access from Woodmere Avenue would be created
- Increased traffic down Woodmere Avenue and surrounding roads (Orchard Avenue / Glade / Gladeside and others)
- Risk of on-street parking issues despite presence of car park
- Loss of view for some Woodmere Avenue residents
- Loss of privacy – particularly depending on how vehicle access is managed
- High risk of significant change of character
Issues highlighted by MORA Planning Specialist
- Loss of MOL (We are looking into the Planning Policies for development on MOL)
- Noise nuisance from football fans of playing clubs
- Local parking problems
– Increased parking, there are already problems at the weekends
– Woodmere Avenue is too narrow to take additional traffic and parking.
– At the weekends, it is impossible for the emergency services to gain access
- Noise from additional traffic
- Loss of views
- Flood lighting would be very intrusive to the neighbouring houses
- A café would increase rubbish, vermin and also unsocial behaviour
– What would be the open hours of the Café
- A facility of this nature is totally unsuitable in a residential area
- We already have several local sports facilities
- Increased Flooding risk of rear gardens and properties in Bywood Avenue from the Chaffinch Brook which runs through Ashburton Playing Fields
Potential material planning considerations
- Change of character
- Environmental – noise / light pollution
- Contravening local policies (building on MOL)
- Loss of privacy
Officers are planning to submit a full planning application in ‘late summer’ with a full consultation commencing soon.
- Councillors to discuss scheme and planned response with MORA and residents
- Consider organising a public meeting and inviting Cabinet member responsible
The MORA Spring 2018 Magazine is on its way to our Road Stewards for delivery to our members. Look out for it coming through your door over the next week or so.
Also a reminder to save the date for Wednesday 25th April 2018 7PM in your diary. It’s the MORA 2018 AGM event and we hope to you see there.
We have been asked to share this by Brick by Brick Action:
“A Protest is to be held at the Town Hall, Catherine Street, Croydon Town Centre at 5 for 5.30pm on Monday 26th March 2018. Please all come along and support the local communities who are being torn apart and devastated by the proposed new builds programme. We are protesting against the Planning Department pushing through all BbB’s plans regardless, against the taking of green areas, parking places and children’s play areas. We are asking that they use brown field land and empty offices to turn into housing instead. Also to make all new housing council properties only. Not for sale or unaffordable ‘affordable’ housing but council owned properties that the homeless and overcrowded families can live in.”
“Brick by Brick Action are a collection of residents, organisations and interested parties that are sick of the actions of Brick by Brick across the London Borough of Croydon.
We are not affiliated to any political party or company, we just want something done about the actions of a Company that is solely owned by the Council and is ruining our area with badly planned building schemes that are proposed and approved by a husband and wife team with no regard to the wishes and ideas of those affected.
If you have been affected by Brick by Brick schemes, please feel free to join us, and maybe we can do something about it.”
Brick by Brick Action
Online Petition: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/fixcroydonplanning
MORA wishes everyone a peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.