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 Riddlesdown’s Green Belt Farmland is Under Threat

and a Review of Croydon Council’s Local Plan 2018

Update 21/1/20

Croydon Council’s consultation on the Croydon Local Plan 2018 closed on 20 January 2020. A big thank you to all residents who sent in their objections to the Council to save our Green Belt farmland and also to those who copied in the RRA on their correspondence to the Council. The RRA’s submission to the Council , can be found on this link

Posted 9/1/20

As well as the information posted below, the RRA have now also issued some further information as to how to write into the Council and ‘have YOUR say to defend Riddlesdown’s Green Belt Farmland.’ This farmland in Mitchley Hill and Rectory Park is graded as No.3 (farmland is graded 1 to 5 with the best at No. 1).

The RRA flyer is on this link in pdf, and has now been delivered to RRA members along with the Recorder magazine and to nearby Sanderstead homes not in the RRA area.

Although not mentioned in the flyer there is also a proposal by the Council to take some of Sanderstead Recreation Ground for the ‘expansion of Gresham Primary School’

Site No. 70 (page 158).

The closing date for sending comments to Croydon Council is 20 January 2020.

As a footnote;

Since the RRA’s formation in 1937, we have had to defend the open aspect of our area on three occasions;

Posted 8/11 19

Croydon Council's public consultation on proposed changes to their Croydon Plan 2018 (CLP) starts 8 November 2019 and runs until 20 January 2020.

More information on this link.

This includes the Council's proposal to de-register the Green Belt farmland in Rectory Park/Mitchley Hill and possibly build up to 780 homes there (see below).

Riddlesdown’s Green Belt Farmland is Under Threat

Posted 28/10/19

According to papers that went to Croydon Council’s Cabinet meeting on 21 October, the Council is considering the option of de-designating areas of Green Belt, i.e. removing Green Belt status so the land can be developed for housing.

Three areas are being considered and these are;

For Riddlesdown, the suggestion is to build between 350 and 780 new homes on the sloping Green Belt farmland in Riddlesdown! This is the first time the RRA have heard about this. More details are available on this Council link and scroll down to Item 91/19 for the papers;


Following agreement at this Cabinet meeting, the Council have advised that a Borough-wide consultation to give residents a say on how the council should manage Croydon’s growth over the next 20 years and beyond is set to be the first part of the review of the 2018 Local Plan. It will look at issues facing the borough, such as a need for up to 46,040 new homes, as determined by using government formula, between now and 2039, employment growth and how to improve sustainability.

The consultation for amendments to the Croydon Local Plan 2018 starts on 8 November 2019 and runs until 8 January 2020 (date changed again to 20 January 2020). It includes the proposal to de-designate the Green Belt farmland on Rectory Park/Mitchley Hill and build up to 780 homes.

Amongst the questions the RRA intend to ask the Council, include:

This list is not exhaustive. It is all well and good Croydon Council saying that new homes are urgently needed but the improved infra structure also needs to be put in place to accommodate the existing and new population. The RRA have been pointing this out to Croydon Council in our objection letters, for at least the last 10 years with virtually no response from the Council about these important issues!

The RRA do have a fighting fund (which is ring fenced) for planning legal fees following the threat in 2006 for the destruction of green belt woodland in our area and it is possible that we will use this contribution and ask residents for further contributions. We will advise further on this if we feel it is necessary to employ planning lawyers in the near future.

Image below taken from Google Earth;

The Farmland under threat, bordering Mitchley Hill, Rectory Park and Borrowdale Drive and Borrowdale Close

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