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 Riddlesdown’s Green Belt Farmland is Under Threat

and a Review of Croydon Council’s Local Plan 2018


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 13 January 2020 (a new revised date).

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 750 homes there (see below).


There are a series of street stalls. More information about this in this Council press release:



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 750 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 go to Item 12 for the papers;

https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=183&MId=1876


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 now changed to 13 January 2020). It includes the proposal to de-designate the Green Belt farmland on Rectory Park/Mitchley Hill and build up to 750 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!


We will advise more on our website, Facebook page and monthly E-Blast after the consultation opens on 8 November.



The RRA do have a fighting fund (which is ring fenced) for planning legal fees following a threat about 15 years ago 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.



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