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What Will Riddlesdown Look Like In 2036?


Updated 12/7/17

A very successful workshop was held at Riddlesdown Collegiate on 10 July, attended by 40 residents. If you were unable to attend and have some ideas or thoughts, then please e-mail us at; riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com with your comments. We will publish shortly the ideas/suggestions that residents gave us at this workshop for further discussion.

Update 6/4/17

This topic was discussed at the RRA AGM on 5 April 2017. It gave those residents present an indication of want is proposed - a “Riddlesdown Plan”.

On the “Riddlesdown Plan” we are hopeful we can get Croydon Croydon to adopt it as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). But even if they don't, we believe there is value in us setting out what we want as a community in terms of future development. It sends a clear message to Croydon Council that we expect more in terms of the approach to development in Riddlesdown.

Within Croydon Council’s Local Plan, which is currently under discussion and to be reviewed by a Planning Inspector in May/June, we want our residents voice and views to be heard and taken into account on planning and environmental matters. There is very little mention of “Riddlesdown” in the Council’s proposed Croydon Plan and we believe this is not correct.

Further RRA discussion/workshops are proposed for June/July and we will update with these dates soon. However, if you were unable to attend the AGM, we would love to hear what you want for our area. Please send your views to us at Riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com

Presentation below by Nick Tennant

Ever wondered what Riddlesdown might look like in 20 years time?

Probably not. But now is a good time to get thinking as Croydon Council are currently reviewing the local plan for the Borough – which sets out what type of development will be allowed over the next twenty years, and importantly, where it will occur.

The document setting out the proposed changes to the plan (see www.croydon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/articles/downloads/clpstrategic-policies-partial.pdf ) says ‘Croydon is a growing borough. It is already the most populous borough in London and aims to be London’s most enterprising borough’.

Perhaps the most important change is the proposal for 31,850 new homes to be built in Croydon over the period 2016 to 2036. That represents a 48% (1) increase in the number of homes required in the Borough each year. This includes between 310 - 2070 new homes in Purley over the plan period.

‘Am I bothered?’ you might be asking yourself. After all, this is leafy, suburban Riddlesdown where nothing much happens…..

But that isn’t strictly true, as developers have tried over a number of years to build upon farmland on Mitchley Hill and Mitchley Avenue. The RRA worked closely with Croydon Council to prevent development upon this greenbelt land, and will continue to do so in the future. Riddlesdown Collegiate have recently announced plans for a new primary school on (or close to) the existing secondary school, to open in September 2018.

So back to the question I started with – what do you want Riddlesdown to look like in 2036? It’s fair to say that the need for more homes across Croydon is going to increase the pressure for development in Riddlesdown. Is this a good thing or not?

Do you think:

The RRA want to hear your views on what kind of Riddlesdown you want.

Over the next year, we want to develop a shared vision of what Riddlesdown should look like in 2036, and the principles that any future proposals for development in the area will be expected to reflect. We’re looking to draw up a short statement – no longer than a few pages – which clearly sets out what we want for our area. It won’t be part of the Croydon Plan, but because it will be developed with you – the Riddlesdown Community – it will carry weight as a planning document which developers and Croydon Council will be expected to consider when preparing and considering planning applications.

You’re welcome to post your thoughts on the RRA Facebook page (see www.facebook.com/RiddlesdownResidentsAssociation ) or email them to us at Riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com  They can be as long or short as you like – what matters is that you tell us what you think.

To get you in the mood, here are a few more questions to consider:

One final thought: even if you don’t feel like writing to us, maybe talk to your road steward or any of the committee members of the RRA about your thoughts. We can only make sure that Riddlesdown continues to be the kind of place you like to live in, if you tell us what you want.

(1) The current plan requires a minimum of 20,200 new homes to be built over the period 2011-2031.

Map below: Extract from the proposed changes to the Croydon Plan. The plan is silent in respect to the future development of Riddlesdown – aside from the swathe of green belt land running from Riddlesdown Common down to Whyteleafe Park, across to Hamsey Green and up to Sanderstead Recreation Ground; and identifying an Archaeology Priority Area across Riddlesdown Common.

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