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.

For campaign news and updates:


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)

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