Planning Report – August 2020

To find out the latest news on what is being planned in your local area, check out our latest Planning Report with up-to-date information on Planning Applications including developments in:

  • Ash Tree Close
  • The Glade
  • Land to the Rear of Shirley Inn Public House
  • Orchard Avenue
  • Orchard Park High School
  • Orchard Way
  • Potters Close
  • Sandrock Pub
  • Shirley Road
  • Wickham Road and Woodmere Avenue.

With additional updates on our Planning Complaints, some news from Sarah Jones MP on the ‘focussed intensification’ in Shirley and some additional questions to the Rt. Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Also, take a look at the MORA Planning App, which gives you an easy way to track all the current and recent planning applications within the MORA area. It’s simple to use and free for you to access.


Click here for information on how to make a face covering

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), ask for a test to check if you have the virus.

Shirley Jumble Trail 2020

This coming Sunday, August 2nd, over 70 houses in and around Shirley will be hosting stalls in their front gardens on the first ever Shirley Jumble Trail.

Items on sale will be very varied and include clothes, toys and games, bags, books, bric a brac, plants etc

Some houses are supporting charities like Demelza Childrens’ Hospice or local Spring Park Girlguiding – others are raising money for themselves.

All are welcome to wander around between 10am and 3pm to see what bargains they can find – and they could view the Shirley Way Bears at the same time.

To find out where the stalls will be click here.

The trail is the idea of local residents Sandra Pound and Natalie La who floated it on the local Facebook Shirley Residents group page and were amazed at the response.

Many thanks for your help!

Government Guidance on the use of Face Coverings from July 24th

From 24 July, wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory.

The latest rules for shops will be enforced by the police, with anyone disregarding them at risk of a fine of up to £100. This will be reduced to £50 if the fine is paid within 14 days.

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:

  • young children under the age of 11
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:

  • If asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification
  • If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication

Click here for instructions on how to make a cloth face covering.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), ask for a test to check if you have the virus.

If the test is positive you’ll be contacted by text, email or phone and asked to log on to the NHS Test and Trace website.

Gas Network Upgrade in Wickham Road, Croydon

SGN has an upcoming project to upgrade the gas network in Wickham Road, Croydon. This project involves replacing the existing gas mains and services in the area with new plastic pipe.

The essential work will ensure the community receives a continued and reliable gas supply for many years to come. SGN are working closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure they carry out the project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance.

SGN are looking to start work in Wickham Road on 27 July 2020. The project will be carried out by the contractor Essex Utilities.

In close consultation with Croydon Council and TFL, SGN have agreed to complete the following work:

On 27 July 2020 for approximately 6 weeks, they will be working on Wickham Road from outside number 598 to the junction with Bridle Road.

There will be a lane closure westbound on Wickham Road between the works, with two-way temporary traffic lights in place on Wickham Road to enable two-way traffic to use the road during the works.

Pedestrians will be asked to use specific passing points along the road to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

For safety, there will be road closures on Bridle Road and Monks Orchard Road at their respective junctions with Wickham Road.

Signed diversions will be in place for those wanting to access Monks Orchard Road via: High Street, Station Road and South Eden Park Road.

Signed diversions will be in place for those wanting to access Bridle Road via: Hartland Way, South Way and Shirley Way, or via Oak Avenue and Ash Road.

Marshalls on site will ensure residents’ vehicle access will be maintained throughout.

Please note, bus stops between the works will be suspended.

There will be extra safety precautions in place to protect colleagues and the community from the virus. Colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on the sites and they ask members of the community to keep their distance too.

For more information about the coronavirus response view the SGN website:

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by this gas works.

Planning News – Focused Intensification Area Removed from Shirley

We have received correspondence from Sarah Jones MP (Croydon Central) which confirms that Shirley will NO LONGER be categorised as a ‘focused intensification area’.

Croydon Council’s Planning Update states:

‘It looks increasingly unlikely that significant improvements to public transport capacity in the area will be delivered over the period covered by the local plan and hence the area only has capacity for limited future growth.’

This has huge implications for Shirley, vindicating all we have been stating since the New Local Plan was adopted in 2018.

For further details on this new planning development, check out our latest Planning Report.