Council keeps quiet about its plans…again

Dear #SaveShirley resident,

I’m sure like us you feel in the dark about what’s going on after we all joined forces to let the Council know how we felt about their disastrous plans for Shirley.

It was around this time last year we got wind of their plans and rallied support to respond to their ‘consultation’, something they were hoping would go under the radar.

So, we suppose it will be no surprise to hear they are up to their old tricks. Only this time we have learnt they are planning to ignore the 4,000 objections Shirley residents made in October to oppose the plans.

The Council is intending to rubber stamp Croydon Local Plan (CLP2) at this Monday’s Full Council Meeting – that’s right Monday 5 December. There’s a reason why they’ve not informed us residents who these plans will affect for many years to come.

We’re intending to turn up and let Councillor Butler know that we’re still not happy with her plans. Plans that she never consulted with us, even though she agreed publicly to hold a meeting with Shirley residents.

This will be another opportunity to show the Council the strength of feeling in our community about some of the policies within that plan before it goes to the planning inspectorate.

We know many of you have attended previous meetings on this subject and I hope many of you will feel it appropriate to attend once more.

Here are the details of the meeting (arrive at 6.15pm Mon 5 Dec):

The Council Chamber
Town Hall
Katharine Street
Croydon
CR0 1NX

Full Council Agenda:
https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=39&cmte=COU&grpid=public&arc=1

For campaign news and updates:
www.saveshirley.co
#SaveShirley

SaveShirley – Council meeting Monday 17 October 2016

Please come and support us at the Council meeting on Monday night (17th Oct).

Once again, we need to pack the public gallery with residents as we enter the final stages of the ongoing battle we’re having with the council over the Croydon Local Plan (CLP) and the devastating effect it will have on our local area.

We will again be making our objections to the Council, as 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.

If you haven’t yet put your objection in to the revised local plan, you can use our template: http://www.mo-ra.co/urgent-croydon-local-plan-clp-objection-letter-template/ (Note: Objections must be received by the council before midnight 17th Oct 2016).

We’re not done yet and neither is the Council, if they get away with this then they’ll be back for more of our green spaces, back gardens and will knock down more houses to put blocks of flats in their place.

We will be meeting outside the Council Chamber at 6pm.

Here are the details of the meeting:

The Council Chamber
Town Hall
Katharine Street
Croydon
CR0 1NX

6.00pm: Meet outside council chamber.
6.30pm: Council Meeting starts.
The Croydon Debate is Agenda item 7.

Full Council Agenda:
https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=38&cmte=COU&grpid=public&arc=1

For campaign news and updates:
www.saveshirley.co
#SaveShirley

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!