We are calling on the Council to listen to residents and to make the necessary changes to their Plan

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The Council's planned traveller site at the Purley Oaks recycling centre

<span style="font-size: 8pt;">The Council's planned traveller site at the Purley Oaks recycling centre</span>
A few weeks ago Croydon published its latest draft in its local plan - this is the suite of documents which will determine what does and does not get planning permission over the next 10-15 years.

There is much detailed work in this which is good, but there are also a number of major concerns with it. We hope that, after reading this, you will join the call for Croydon Council to rethink these elements.

In particular it is proposed to:

- Locate a gypsy and traveller site at Purley Oaks on land which was, in the previous drafts of the plan, considered quite unsuitable. This site is in a flood zone, near open water and on a busy junction. It is not an appropriate site either for the travellers or other residents and should be rethought.

- Withdraw Metropolitan Open Land protection from an area around Shirley Oaks Village, which opens it up for future development and the loss of this vital open amenity space.

- Reduce a number of areas of land in the south of the borough from Green Belt status to a lower degree of protection. This includes Purley Downs Golf Club, Sanderstead Plantation and Croham Hurst. 

- Remove ‘Local Area of Special Character’ protection from a number of areas, leaving them unprotected

- Intensify development in the currently low-density areas behind many shopping parades. This includes Onslow Gardens and roads off it in Sanderstead, the area around Wickham Road, Forestdale, South Croydon district centre and areas off Godstone Road.

- Allow tall buildings in Purley, such as the proposed skyscraper on the Baptists’ Church site

- Include a pool for Purley but not specify that it should be a proper 25m pool with appropriate facilities.
This is residents’ last chance to persuade the council to rethink these unpopular elements to the plan.

Please read the petition below and ask each member of your family to separately complete it, calling upon the council to publicly debate the plan at its next council meeting and to withdraw or modify the controversial parts.

We, the undersigned Croydon residents, insist that Croydon Council rethinks its ill-thought-out proposed changes to the local plan which threatens the character of much of the borough. In particular we request that the council:

- withdraws its plan to locate a gypsy and traveller site in Purley Oaks, a site earlier deemed quite unsuitable by the council

- withdraws its proposals to de-designate some of the borough’s Green Belt, including Purley Downs Golf Club, Sanderstead Plantation & Croham Hurst and to build schools in other areas of Green Belt

- backs down from its plan to withdraw Metropolitan Open Land protection from the open land around Shirley Oaks Village to leave it completely unprotected

- reduces the size of its proposed intensification zones to just the main transport arteries, not the residential areas surrounding them. These zones are in Forestdale, around All Saints’ Church Sanderstead, Kenley, Wickham Road and South Croydon.

- does not allow tall buildings in areas where they are totally out of character

- provides a pool for Purley that has proper specifications and facilities for residents

- ensures that all areas currently enjoying Local Area of Special Character protection continue to be protected, instead of withdrawing protection for many sites including West Hill, Stanhope Road, Preston Road and Cheston Avenue

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* 1. We request that the council debates these matters in Council and seek an assurance from the administration that the changes listed above will be made.

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