Urgent Croydon Local Plan (CLP) Objection Letter Template

Dear #SaveShirley residents

We need your help! We are in the last stages of ongoing battle we are having with the council over the Croydon Local Plan (CLP) and the devastating effect it will have on our local area.

Thanks to your support and the huge number of objections that were lodged over the first draft of the plan had a significant effect and several planned changes and developments were dropped as a result.

There are however four areas that are still of particular concern for us here in Shirley:

1. The ‘intensification zone’ covering Wickham Road, Shirley Road and extending into a number of the side roads is inappropriate at the Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL) in Shirley

2. Changes to the wording of the policy on back garden development to “resist” garden development include Front and side i.e. the whole garden area

3. Clarification of definition of Character of the locality (“setting”) should include reference to London Plan Policy 3.4 – Optimising housing potential – Character definition

4. The areas of land around Shirley Oaks Village that are having their Metropolitan Open Land status removed (de-designated)

This is our last chance to object to these policies, which if implemented, will have a serious and detrimental effect on Shirley over the coming years.

The Local Plan is now in its second stage and the process for objecting has changed, along with the criteria for a valid objection. The plan is going to be reviewed by an independent inspector and they will decide if it goes ahead or if any changes need to be made. At this point objections can only be on one of four criteria:

  1. The plan is not positively prepared.
  2. The plan is not justified.
  3. The plan is not effective.
  4. The plan is not consistent with national policy.

Objecting on these grounds is a more complex process than before and the online forms are quite long and involved

So we have summarised the main issues into a letter, which has been drafted to meet the objection criteria. We have included a copy for you to download. Simply fill in your own name and address on the bottom of the second page and sign and post to:

Spatial Planning Service
6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House 8 Mint Walk
Croydon, CR0 1EA

You can also email it to: ldf@croydon.gov.uk

This will ensure that your voice is heard. BUT time is running out and all objections must be received by 17 October 2016

Download Objection Letter DOC: Save Shirley CLP2 Objection DOCX

Download Objection Letter PDF: SaveShirley CLP2 Objection PDF

Download this covering Letter PDF: SaveShirley Covering Letter CLP2

Thank you for your support!

Our fight for Save Shirley goes on

Do you want to wake up and look out of your window at a block of flats?  I guess not.

That’s why we need you to attend the Council meeting on Monday 18 July 2016 at Croydon Town Hall. This is our last chance to show the Council we still want changes to the plans before they are agreed and sent to the planning inspectorate.

So please make time to attend. The Croydon Local Plan will determine the amount new houses and flats that are to be built in Shirley over the next 20 years, once approved there’s no turning back.

We attended the last Council meeting and along with hundreds of you who joined us, we listened to the leaders of the Council tell us the Croydon Local Plan is about strengthening local communities and protecting family homes. Alison Butler, Deputy Leader told us: “Listening to the community is a much better way of working.”

But we know this isn’t true. The council’s original plans for Shirley included plans to replace our homes with blocks of flats and build on our green spaces. Had we not got together as a community with a single voice, they would have concreted over where we live.

And while people power has had a major impact, we need to keep up the fight. The area for intensification is still too large and we are demanding the Council reduce it even further. There are still too many residential roads that will face planning blight as developers knock down our houses and replace them with blocks of flats.

The plans are wholly unacceptable – they are not fit for purpose will gradually change the face of the area. We demand the Council scrap the intensification plans for Shirley.

Come and join us. We will be meeting outside the Council Chamber at 6pm, and will be letting Croydon Councillors know exactly what we think about their plans. We will have 30 minutes to ask questions.

Here are the details of the meeting:

The Council Chamber
Town Hall
Katharine Street

6.00pm: Meet outside council chamber.
6.30pm: Council Meeting starts.
Public Questions (30 minutes) is Agenda item 7 (Items 1-4 are procedural items).

Full Council Agenda:

For campaign news and updates:

Council meeting 11 July – Save Shirley needs your support

Dear Shirley residents,

Due to your support of the Save Shirley campaign we’ve had some success with the Council’s Local Pan. The area of intensification has been reduced with Ridgemount and Wickham Avenue taken out of the plans.

The two sites identified as suitable for Gypsy Traveller sites have been reclassified. The old nursery will be used for growing fruit and vegetables and Coombe Farm designated as housing.

Which is great news and shows that when residents come together with a single voice we can change things.

However, it’s not all-good news. The Council is still intent on designating the Metropolitan Open Land around Shirley Oaks, allowing back garden developments and building blocks of flats in parts of Shirley. We’ve already seen the start of this with recent planning applications approved in Orchard Avenue, Orchard Way, Wickham Road and the houses and flats that are going up in Gladeside.

The plans are due to get signed off at the Council Cabinet meeting on Monday 11 July. So, we need to be out in force and then again on Monday 18 July when the signed off plans are presented to the full council meeting.

Once this happens, the plans are then sent to the planning inspectorate and we have six weeks from 5 September 2016 to lodge complaints to change their mind.  Full details and changes can be downloaded from the council website:


Now we need your support again. We need hundreds of you to fill the meeting and get vocal about our local area.

Come and join us. We will be meeting outside the Council Chamber at 6pm, and will be letting Croydon Councillors know exactly what we think about their plans.

So, please bring friends, families, neighbours and banners. But most importantly bring yourselves and your voices. We need to be heard.

Here are the details of the meeting:

The Council Chamber
Town Hall
Katharine Street

6.00pm: Meet outside council chamber.
6.30pm: Cabinet Meeting starts. Croydon Local Plan is Agenda item 7 (Items 1-5 are procedural items).
We can leave the meeting once Agenda item 7 is concluded, but you can stay on to the end if you wish.

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Below are the key changes to the Croydon Local Plan and the new map of the areas identified for intensification.

  • Reduction of Areas of focussed intensification proposed around Shirley Road Shopping Parade and Shirley Local Centre (Policy DM35).
  • Site 128 Land at Poppy Lane – designated Residential development
  • Site 502 Coombe Farm, Oaks Road re-designated – Residential development so long as the development has no greater footprint, volume or impact on openness on the Metropolitan Green Belt than the existing buildings on the site
  • Place-specific policies for Shirley Local Centre, the area between 518 and 568 Wickham Road and the area of Wickham Road Shopping Parade (Policy DM47)
  • Addington Palace and Shirley Windmill are new designated Landmarks (Policy SP4)
  • Land at Shirley Oaks to be removed from Metropolitan Open Land as it does not meet the criteria for this designation, with some of the land being re-designated as Local Green Space instead
  • A minor extension of Green Belt to include The Bridle Road (Policy SP7)
  • New Neighbourhood Centres at Shirley Road and Spring Park/Bridle Road (Policy DM6)
  • Amendments to the Shopping Parade at Bywood Avenue (Policy DM7)
  • New Local Green Spaces at Glade Wood, Land to rear of Honeysuckle Gardens, Millers Pond, Parkfields Recreation Ground, Peabody Close playing field and allotments, St John’s Church, Shirley Oaks playing field and wood, Shirley Recreation Ground and Spring Park Wood, (Policy DM27)
  • New Sites of Nature Conservation Importance at Shirley Park Golf Course, the grounds of Heathfield House and Temple Avenue Copse (Policy DM28)

New proposed Intensification AreaNew Proposed Intensification Area

We are at Monks Orchard Primary School Fair

We are all ready at the Monks Orchard Primary School Fair. Lots of great stalls and things to see and do with plenty of culinary delights! Come and say hi and see how we support the community and are working alongside the #saveshirley campaign