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

Full Council Agenda:

For campaign news and updates:

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: (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

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

Full Council Agenda:

For campaign news and updates:

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:

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:

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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

MORA 2016 AGM Thank you

We had a great turnout for our 92nd AGM last Wednesday at Edenham High School, which was a new venue for us.

Thank you to all our members who attended and contributed to the lively debate at the end on issues that are facing us in Shirley.

We’ve had some great feedback already and really glad you enjoyed the presentation of updates from MORA.

For those of you that missed it, there are some pictures below, and we’ll be publishing more details in our Summer Magazine. Don’t miss it.

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Hi there

Please come along to the MORA 2016 at Edenham High School on Wednesday 13th April 2016 from 7pm.

Invitations have been sent to: Gavin Barwell MP (Croydon Central), Steve O’Connell – GLA Member, Shirley and Ashburton Ward Councillors, the Shirley Safer Neighbourhood Police Team and representatives from the Health Service, Fire Brigade and local businesses plus all local Schools.


London Mayor and Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith both promise to protect our green spaces

Dear Save Shirley residents,

We are committed to keep up the pressure on the decision makers who can influence what’s going on in our area. That includes Boris Johnson and mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq Khan won’t respond to any of our questions or invitations to come and talk to the people of Shirley. However, Zac has…

Following an invitation to visit the area and see for himself the devastating effect the Croydon Local Plan will have on Shirley, Zac put his money where his mouth is and attended a meeting with Save Shirley campaigners.

Zac’s visit to Shirley was reported in the Croydon Advertiser. If you missed it click here to read the full story.

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor returned to Croydon for a general meeting this week with residents from across the borough organised by Gavin Barwell MP.

Zac addressed residents for 10 minutes and then opened the floor for questions. During the lively debate, Zac confirmed his promise to the Save Shirley and MORA that if elected in May he will protect London’s green belt.

Boris Johnson #PQT

We recently attended Boris Johnson’s People’s Question Time when it came to Croydon Fairfield Halls on Thursday 3 March 2016.

The all ticket event, held twice a year, gives Londoners the chance to quiz the mayor and London Assembly members on topics including housing, transport and community safety.

Save Shirley attended with Sony Nair, MORA Chairman. He asked Boris and the panel for a response in relation to proposals to intensify Shirley by knocking down residential homes and replacing them with high rise blocks of flats and building new homes on our green spaces:

“I would like to understand the GLAs position on Croydon’s Local Plans for intensification of residential areas that will wreck neighbourhoods and build on green spaces when there is plenty of brownfield sites that are suitable for development.”

In his response, The Mayor of London said although it is a Croydon Council matter he “will very much disagree” with their plans to build on Croydon’s green spaces.

Steve O’Connell, our Assembly Member, chaired the event.

To watch Boris answer Sony’s question, tune in at Save Shirley TV

Or

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter for all the latest updates @ShirleySave or check out the website

Council granting outline planning permission for high-rise block of flats in Orchard Avenue is politically motivated

40 Orchard Avenue, Croydon, CR0 7NA

Demolition of an existing dwelling; erection of a three storey building with basement containing 8 two bedroom flats; formation of associated access and parking

Dear Save Shirley residents

Tell us the intensification of Shirley isn’t politically motivated.

On Thursday night six councillors voted to allow a detached residential home be demolished and in it’s place a high-rise block of flats.

However, we believe the Planning Committee did not judge the application on current planning policies, but on a prejudiced and vindictive rebellion against the Shirley Residents and a further assault on the character of the area.

We believed this is a direct response to the ‘Save Shirley’ campaign and our objection to the proposed Croydon Plan CLP2.

This application was not determined upon the current Planning Policies. It’s out of character with the area and shows a total disregard for the character of the area and surrounding properties in Shirley.

Worryingly, this will now set a precedent for the destruction of Shirley.

All six councillors are Labour. Their details are below. we urge you to email them to demonstrate how disappointed we are that the people in charge of Croydon’s planning applications make their decisions based on political point scoring.

Dear, Cllr [Insert name]

Ref: 15/05247/P

We object to the Planning Committee voting in favour of granting outline planning permission for 40 Orchard Avenue in Shirley.

We believe the Planning Committee did not judge the application on current planning policies, but on a prejudiced and vindictive rebellion against the Shirley Residents and the character of the area.

This application was not determined upon the current planning policies. It’s out of character with the area and shows a total disregard for the surrounding properties in Shirley.

We ask you to reconsider the application based on current planning policies adopted by the Planning Inspectorate.

Kind regards,

The members of the Planning Committee who voted in favour of the outline planning application were:

Cllr Paul Scott (Chairman) (Woodside)

Cllr Maddie Henson (Ashburton) or tweet @MinsuR

Cllr Bernadette Khan (West Thornton)

Cllr Sherwan Chowdhury (Norbury Ward) or tweet @SherwanCroydon

Cllr Jamie Audsley (Bensham Manor) or tweet @JamieAudsley

Cllr Humayun Kabir (Bensham Manor)

Save Shirley is a non-political campaign created by residents and MORA (Monks Orchard Residents’ Association). It’s backed by seven Shirley residents’ associations to oppose this current administrations politically motivated plan to wreck our residential neighbourhood.

Our fight goes on.

We would like to thank MORA member Lianne for speaking against the proposal at the planning meeting. Also to the Shirley residents that filled out the Public Gallery. You made sure our united voice of objection was heard. Thank you for your continued support.

Save Shirley
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SaveShirley – Three-storey block of flats coming our ‘Orchard’ way

It seems Croydon Council is intent on wrecking Shirley and can’t wait to get started on their plans to intensify our area.

Plans have been received to demolish the existing detached house at 40 Orchard Avenue, and in its place build a three-storey block of 8 two-bedroom flats, with the formation of associated access and parking.

What’s worse is it looks like the Council has already made up its mind as the recommendation for this application is to Grant Permission.

The case goes to council next Thursday 17 March. If you live in Orchard Avenue you need to complain. If you live in Shirley and think you’re safe from the onslaught of the developers – Think again.

This application has been reported to the planning committee because MORA (Monks Orchard Residents’ Association) made representations in accordance with the Committee Consideration Criteria and requested committee consideration and objections above the threshold in the Committee Consideration Criteria have been received.

You can view the report and recommendation on the Council’s website by visiting or download the PDF.

We need to stop these developments. If you can make the meeting we need to show our continued support to Save Shirley.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm in The Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX or follow us on twitter