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 The Review of Croydon Council’s Local Plan 2018

Update 7/12/22

The RRA made enquiries with the Head of Planning as to the current position of the revised Croydon Local Plan 2018 (Regulation 19) and this is the response from Heather Cheesbrough, Director of Planning at Croydon Council:

“In respect of the review of the Croydon Local Plan, we are still working through with the Mayor the proposals and what this will mean in terms of process and consultation. I hope that early in the new year we will be able to update residents about what the programme is.”

We also enquired about the continued Green Belt status of the farmland in Riddlesdown (Mitchley Ave & Rectory Park/Mitchley Hill) and this was the response:

“ …. yes the site is Green Belt, but it was not proposed to release under the Regulation 19 consultation and there are no plans to de designate this land from GB.”

Update 16/6/22

The new Executive Mayor has given an update on the Regulation 19 of the CLP 2018 which has been put on hold after being elected on 5 May 2022;
“Mayor Perry has also previously outlined his intention to review the Local Plan, looking at how to achieve sustainable growth through listening to residents and halting over-intensification of new builds in the borough.”

More info on this link

Update 9/1/22

The Council have now corrected their mistake and new official notices were posted in the S&C Guardian on 6 January (see below). In addition, an extra week has been given for consultation (on the red font amendments only), until 5pm on 17 February 2022 - now closed.

More details are on link to the Council’s website; https://www.croydon.gov.uk/planning-and-regeneration/planning/get-involved-croydons-planning/croydon-local-plan-review

The crossed out red font CLP document (to comment on) is under the Regulation 19 tab - and you have to go to this link below and then scroll down to "Regulation 19 consultation documents" and it is the second document in that list;


Update 3/1/22

The RRA have pointed out to the Council that the year '2021' instead of '2022' is shown in the dates for the consultation. We have asked the Council if they are going to re-advertise.

Update 23/12/21

The proposed Croydon Plan (CLP) 2018 revision was approved at the Council's Cabinet meeting on 6 December 2021.

It has been announced in the Public Notices section of the Sutton and Croydon Guardian on 23 December (screenshots below) that the next 6 week public consultation on the revised CLP will be from 6 January to 17 February 2022 (5pm).

The public will be able to make comments on the changes in red font only in the CLP document. The document will then go to the Planning Inspectorate for their input/comments. It will then be adopted by the Council.

The good news is that the proposal to build between 680 and 780 homes, on the Green Belt land on Mitchley Hill/Rectory Park appears to have been dropped by the Council. We take this from the wording in the revised CLP for the Green Belt category and also in Sanderstead area in Table 11.11 'Proposals for uses of land of specific sites in Sanderstead'’ on page 383 where the site is NOT named for development.

And the Committee report, which states on page 118; "3.2.3 No Green Belt release is proposed to accommodate the London Plan housing target or infrastructure provision".

In addition, the Council have added the 'Very Special Community Green Spaces' category. The nearest VSCGS to us, is Sanderstead Rec, Sanderstead Pond and Green, and Wettern Tree Garden.

The Cabinet reports are at Item 8 on this link:


Previous Consultation Information Below in 2019/20

- now superseded

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.

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).

As a footnote;

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

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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