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Worcester Park 2031 – Your chance to plan our future

Sutton 2031 – Your chance to plan our future

An artist’s impression of the Tramlink extension.
An artist’s impression of the Tramlink extension.

Sutton Council has launched a major consultation into the development and growth of the borough over the next 15 years.

Sutton 2031 asks people to help shape a new Local Plan, the document that provides the planning framework for future development.

Between 18 February and 8 April, local people are encouraged to give their views online or to attend any of the 22 exhibitions and meetings to discuss the Local Plan with our planners. To find out details or take part in the consultation they should visit www.sutton.gov.uk/sutton2031

Why is Sutton 2031 important?

The Greater London Authority predicts Sutton’s population could rise by 31,272 to 228,521 by 2031. To meet that challenge Sutton must provide new housing, and the infrastructure to support it, including additional schools, employment, improved transport and more health facilities.

The Local Plan designates the location and size of these developments, and also the pace of growth. The amount of people working and living in the borough will determine the amount of infrastructure needed to support them.

For example, the Greater London Authority forecasts Sutton will need 7,000 more jobs by 2031. If they were all office jobs, the borough would need to find the space of around nine football pitches to accommodate them.

By being proactive in planning for future growth the Local Plan can help retain the borough’s character and environment by protecting Sutton’s heritage and green spaces, and helping to cut pollution.

The consultation also includes the Town Centre Masterplan and London Cancer Hub Development Framework. Masterplanners are currently working on both of these projects and Sutton 2031 will give people the chance to review and comment on their draft proposals. Their views will be taken into account as part of the design process.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said:

“The London housing crisis is already putting Sutton under pressure so now is the right time to decide what the future of our borough should look like. Together, we need to ensure that growth works without losing Sutton’s essential character.

“We understand people love the suburban nature of our borough, the tree-lined streets, quality parks and open spaces. They also value our heritage, our district centres and high streets whilst seeing plenty of room for improvement in Sutton town centre.

“We have arranged our widest ever programme of consultation asking residents to help us determine the right places to concentrate growth, and achieve a quality of place that enhances all that is good about the borough.

“The message to our residents, businesses, developers, landlords and our young people is to get involved, and get everyone you know to get involved. What is in Sutton 2031 will affect you, and it will certainly affect your children. This is your opportunity to shape the future of our borough.”

Town Centre Masterplan

The development will bring retail, residential, and leisure opportunities to the area.
The development will bring retail, residential, and leisure opportunities to the area.

The Town Centre Masterplan is to help improve Sutton Town Centre so that is it fit for the future. As our main commercial district and the fourth largest centre in south London, its future success is critical to the borough. It must provide high quality services in a high quality setting, while also evolving the retail and leisure offer, increasing employment opportunities, providing new homes and generating revenue for local services.

The London Cancer Hub

The London Cancer Hub is a proposal to expand the operations of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust onto brownfield land in Belmont. It aims to bring together 10,000 scientists, clinical and support staff in a world leading Hub for cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise. Sutton Council has purchased part of the site for a secondary school with a planned specialism in the sciences to help our young people to start careers in this exciting sector.

Worcester Park

A key part of the Local Plan ‘Issues and Preferred Options’ document are the ‘potential site allocations’ that may be needed for development within Sutton up to 2031. The Other District Centre Potential Allocations section lists possible building sites in the borough’s district centres, including:

Worcester Park

  • S37 – MCMILLAN HOUSE 54-56 Cheam Common Road (already being converted from office space to residential use)
  • S44 – LIBRARY CAR PARK Stone Place
  • S45 – 1 LYNWOOD DRIVE Central Road
  • S46 – 165-181 CENTRAL ROAD Central Road
  • S47 – 1-9 WINDSOR ROAD Windsor Road
  • S48 – TELEPHONE EXCHANGE Longfellow Road
  • S49 – STONEPLACE CAR PARK Stone Place
  • S50 – SCOUT HUT Braemar Road

North Cheam

  • S35 – VICTORIA HOUSE London Road (proposed redevelopment under consultation)
  • S36 – CHEAM LEISURE CENTRE 316 Malden Road
  • S38 – CORNER OF 667-681 LONDON RD COVEY ROAD
  • S39 – WILSONS VAN CENTRE London Road
  • S40 – PETROL GARAGE SITE 688 London Road

Have your Say

Sutton Council will be seeking your views on the Local Plan Issues and Preferred Options document from 18th February to 8th April 2016.

To get involved and have your say they are holding a series of events where you can meet with planning officers to ask questions and find out more in person. In the Worcester Park area:

  • Saturday 5 March 2016, Exhibition: 10-12:30, Worcester Park, near HSBC
  • Thursday 17 March 2016, Presentation: 19:00+ (see the agenda for the scheduled timing of this item).  Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee, Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive, Worcester Park.

You can also contact the Planning Policy Team by email to sutton2031@sutton.gov.uk and on 020 8770 6453.

Works at A24 London Rd – Langley Ave to Trafalgar Ave

Road works information from TfL

London Highways Alliance Contract (LoHAC) workers, on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), are planning to carry out footway improvements on the A24 London Road from Langley Avenue to Trafalgar Avenue.

Why are we doing this work?

This work is part of the Road Modernisation Plan, the biggest investment for a generation consisting of hundreds of projects to transform junctions, bridges, tunnels and pedestrian areas. Working with London’s boroughs it will make our roads safer and more reliable.

Where and when will the work take place?

Works are planned to start on Monday 4 January 2016 and will last until April 2016, depending on weather conditions. Working hours will be between 08:00 and 20:00.

Night works are planned to start on Monday 22 February 2016 and will last until Friday 4 March 2016, depending on weather conditions. Working hours will be between 21:00 to 05:00.

What we would like you to know

During these works, footway closures will be in place during the day and temporary traffic lights will be in place at night.

We will make every effort to ensure that noisy operations are completed before midnight although vehicle reversing warning beepers will be in use to protect workers and the public. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times during the works.

Keeping London moving

We have worked closely with LoHAC and the London Borough of Sutton, to reduce the impact of these works on road users, local residents and businesses as far as possible.
I hope you will appreciate that a certain level of disruption is inevitable, and I apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these essential works.

Further information

Should you require further information or an update during the delivery of these works, please contact our Customer Services team on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at tfl.gov.uk/contact.

Presentations to help children and young people stay safe on the internet

Parents in Sutton can book their seat for the borough’s first-ever Community Safety Presentations to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

Two free hour-long sessions have been arranged at the Sutton Life Centre on Tuesday, 20 October at 12noon and 6pm focusing on ‘sexting’ – the sending and passing on of explicit texts, images and video via mobile phone and the internet.

Parents will hear from two guest speakers who are specialists in protecting children from harm.

The first speaker will be Joanna Sharpen, who is the Children and Young People’s Project Co-ordinator at Against Violence & Abuse (AVA), which is working to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Joanna advises the Government on children’s issues and is working locally on a Big Lottery funded project with Limes College in Sutton to set up a group of students as peer educators.

The second speaker is Detective Constable Karen France from the Met Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Command. Det Con France is the Child Sexual Exploitation Special Point of Contact for Sutton Borough and attends the Borough’s monthly, multi-agency child sexual exploitation meetings.

In addition, parents will be able to raise any issues or questions in person with Sutton’s police officers, who work with teachers and pupils at Sutton’s secondary schools, as well as the Council’s e-safety officer, who gives talks about online safety at junior and secondary schools in the borough.

Police schools officers believe that children are unwittingly putting themselves at risk of distress and harm by posting explicit images of themselves with little or no control over those images being seen and captured by internet users around the world who actively seek out such material.

Charities working in this field believe many children have come to accept ‘sexting’ as a normal part of growing up and are often reluctant to talk about it with their parents because they are afraid of being judged or having their phones taken away.

Cllr Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said: “Increasing numbers of children and young people have ready access to mobile phones and tablets that have cameras built in. We want young people to learn about using such technology in a safe and responsible manner.”

Places are available at both presentations on Tuesday, 20 October from 12-1pm and 6-7pm. To book your place, email ztmedia@met.police.uk and provide your name, how many places you wish to book (one or two) and state which session you would like to attend (either 12noon or 6pm). Or call 020 8649 0681 or 020 8649 0613 weekdays between 8am – 4pm. Please note there is no answerphone on these lines.

Do you run a business in, or from, Worcester Park?

The first Worcester Park Business Networking event was held on 16 September 2015 at the Royal British Legion, Worcester Park. Feedback received has convinced the organisers that attendees enjoyed it, would like to attend future events and feel it is useful for local businesses to be in touch with each other.

Another event will be organised in due course but to help Worcester Park’s businesses get in touch with each other and publicise what they are doing a Facebook Page and Facebook Group have been created.

Worcester Park Business Facebook Page ‘Like’ it from your personal Facebook account and/or the Facebook Page for your business to make your business known and keep in touch with business activity. This page can then be publicised to show residents and other businesses what services are available on their doorstep.

Worcester Park Businesses Facebook Group This is a more restricted environment to allow local businesses to communicate with each other. The group is visible on the internet but your posts are only visible to members of the group. Sign up and get chatting with each other!

These Facebook facilities have been created to aid your exposure and communication but please pass on any ideas or comments about their use.  Also, if you have any general comments or suggestions about business in Worcester Park please get in touch via the Facebook Group or Page or by email to webmaster@worcesterpark.org.uk.

Finally, it is hard to find the many small businesses that are trading from Worcester Park, if you know of any please pass this information on. The more businesses that are working together the more successful they can be!

Volunteer Drivers Wanted

As a Sutton Library Service Delivery Volunteer you will be visiting individual people, within your own community, who are no longer able to visit the library due to either permanent or temporary infirmity or disability. Although a large number of our Library Housebound Service clients are elderly, people of any age may and do use the service.

As well as bringing the library to their home, for many Library Housebound Service clients, their library visitor is also a social contact and this is an important part of your role. You must have excellent customer care communication skills.

This is voluntary work and the amount of time you are able to give is appreciated. We would stress that for our Library Housebound Service readers, continuity is essential; so you should be able to give a regular commitment in terms of day and time – be that on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. When considering this type of voluntary work, you should consider the number of hours you can give, on which days and how often, which will determine the maximum number of readers you will be able to visit.

To give Library Housebound Service readers a choice of reading and other material, a selection of books or talking books will be provided for you to take to each reader. Please be aware that there is some carrying of books involved.

As our Library Housebound Service clients may be spread around a locality, it is essential that you have a driving licence, as you will be required to drive a small van.

Although it would be useful if you are a reader yourself, this is not essential. Staff and volunteers at the library from which you are working will be supporting you through selecting the books to help you satisfy the reading tastes of your clients.

Contact Kelvin Knight on 0208 642 5496.

Sutton Old Peoples Welfare Committee – working in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton.

Friends of Parks

The Friends of Parks groups in the London Borough of Sutton are looking to recruit more volunteers. Each year hundreds of people regularly help with the borough’s 80 parks, which cover 438 hectares – about 8.5 per cent of the borough.

There are around a dozen Friends of the Parks groups, each consisting of between five and 100 people. Some Friends of Parks volunteers are very active, tidying up their park by picking up litter, painting signs and doing all sorts of things to help.

When people volunteer they are asked to join an existing Friends of Parks group. Should they be interested in a park without a friends group (Cuddington, Dorchester and Buckland Recreation Grounds?) it is suggested that they get together with neighbours and friends and set one up, by either contacting their ward councillors or the Park Service. They will then be sent a draft constitution, which they can then amend, and which will help them set up a new group.

To volunteer and join one of the Friends of Parks groups or to found a new group, contact Mark Dazell, Head of Parks at Sutton Council, on 020 8770 4695 or email mark.dalzell@sutton.gov.uk.

Public Consultation on Victoria House, North Cheam

The following information is from Home Group, the owners of Victoria House at North Cheam:

The development team will be holding a public exhibition to provide information about its proposals and discuss elements of the scheme in detail. Consultation will be taking place on the Victoria House proposals at Cheam Leisure Centre (Malden Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 8EP) at the following dates and times:

Wednesday 27th May 2.00pm-7.00pm
Saturday 30th May 10.30am-3.30pm

All are welcome to attend these public exhibitions and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on our proposals, to help shape the redevelopment of Victoria House, as we move forward towards preparing a planning application to be submitted to the London Borough of Sutton in due course.

Home Group believes that the redevelopment of Victoria House in North Cheam, presents a unique opportunity to enhance the historic crossroads at London Road and Malden Road. It will vastly improve the appearance of this site that has been derelict for many years and viewed by many as a blight on the area. Our challenge is to replace the 1960’s concrete building with a new contemporary mixed use development that both celebrates its landmark location and respects the existing built fabric. High quality architecture and public space will create a sustainable development to complement the existing local centre. Our ambition is to deliver a development to make North Cheam proud. The new development will provide approximately 93 one, two and three bed mixed tenure dwellings, including affordable homes, together with new retail units, landscaping and public realm. Car, motorbike and cycle parking will be provided on the site, although the emphasis is on supporting and encouraging sustainable transport modes.

2-4 Green Lane appeal – Councillor update

The item below on The Planning Inspectorate decision has been provided by the Councillors from Worcester Park Ward in the London Borough of Sutton.

Appeal decision

As you may have already heard, one of the two appeals has been allowed at 2-4 Green Lane, Worcester Park allowing the change of use of the building to a mosque.
Your Local Liberal Democrat Councillors and Sutton Council are particularly disappointed at the Planning Inspector’s decision, especially Councillor Arthur Hookway, who as the former Chair of the Worcester Park Residents Association has been involved in objecting to these planning applications on the grounds of traffic and parking problems since June 2012.

However disappointing, we are where we are, and the decision has been made by the Inspector to grant the four year temporary application. We must therefore move on and do our best as your elected representatives, to keep the impact of this decision to a minimum for the local community of Worcester Park.

The Schedule of conditions, included below, shows at least half of the Inspectorate’s conditions need approval from the local planning authority, and we will be actively working with Sutton Council’s Planning Department to see that all of the conditions in this Schedule are met.

Finally, we are fully aware that to a large number of Worcester Park residents, this will be an unpopular decision. We would however ask that all of our residents continue to respect and live in harmony with all of their neighbours, as they do now. Allow us to work with all stakeholders in this issue, including the owners of 2-4 Green Lane, on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you have any questions or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Thank you.

Arthur, Richard & Paul (Councillors, Worcester Park Ward)

Schedule of conditions

  1. The use hereby permitted shall be discontinued no later than four years from the date of this permission.
  2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: A4 location plan (Plan B), proposed site plan ref KBC 05B, proposed ground floor plan ref KBC 01A, proposed first floor plan ref KBC 02A, proposed front and north-east elevations on drawing ref KBC 03A, proposed rear and south-west elevations on drawing ref KBC 04B.
  3. The use hereby permitted shall not take place outside 0500 to 2230 hours, except between 1 March and 1 September and during the period of Ramadan each year when the use may additionally take place between 0245 and 0500 hours and between 1030 and 0030 hours.
  4. The building shall not be occupied by more than 95 persons during the occasions of Salat-al-Jumu’ah prayers on Fridays, two occasions of Festival Eid prayers each year, and prayers on the first five and 26th nights of Ramadan. At all other times the building shall not be occupied by more than 40 persons. A register shall be maintained of the number of persons present in the building, which shall be made available to the local planning authority on request.
  5. The mosque shall not be brought into use until a travel plan, including a programme for its implementation, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The travel plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved programme.
  6. The mosque shall not be brought into use until a management plan, including a programme for its implementation, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The management plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved programme.
  7. Any external alterations shall match the materials, treatment and finishes used in the existing building.
  8. The mosque shall not be brought into use until refuse and recycling facilities have been provided in accordance with a scheme which has previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
  9. No external lighting shall be installed other than in accordance with a scheme which has previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
  10. The mosque shall not be brought into use until: a) an acoustic report on the use of the building has been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority, and b) any mitigation measures specified in the acoustic report have been implemented.
  11. No amplified sound equipment shall be used outside the building.
  12. The mosque shall not be brought into use until the first floor windows and the left hand ground floor window in the north-east elevation have been fitted with obscured glass, which shall be retained thereafter.

Police successes in Worcester Park

An update from our Police Safer Neighbourhood Team:

Shoplifter in Central Road

Worcester Park and Nonsuch PCSOs Gary Weaving and Nadine Campbell responded to a report of a man shoplifting in Central Road on Friday, 17 April. The suspect was detained as he left St Raphael’s Hospice shop. A suitcase that had been linked to the suspect was recovered and found to contain more than £170 worth of suspected stolen goods from several charity shops. Two PCs arrived and arrested the man. The recovered goods were returned to the shops.

Drugs warrant

Following information from the local community, officers from Worcester Park and Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhoods Teams carried out a warrant at an address in Worcester Park on Tuesday, 28 April. The address was searched and a small quantity of suspected cannabis was found. There were no arrests but a man was issued with a cannabis warning.

Waitrose arrests

Sgt Andy De’Voreaux, of Worcester Park & Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, organised a series of plain clothes patrols over four days in Waitrose, Stone Place, Worcester Park, in an effort to discourage shoplifters. On Wednesday, 29 April, three men were seen to exit the store without paying for goods and were arrested for shoplifting and theft offences.

Contact us

If you have any information about the above crimes, please contact us. Our details are below:

Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhoods Team:
Tel: 020 8721 2491
Email: nonsuch.snt@met.police.uk

Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team
Tel: 020 8649 3590
Email: worcesterpark.snt@met.police.uk

Latest borough police news

For all the latest news, appeals and court cases in Sutton, visit:
www.met.police.uk/sutton

When to call 999

If you see a crime in progress or anyone acting suspiciously, such as someone hanging around outside a house or around a vehicle, please call police on 999. You will not be wasting our time. We would rather come out and check that everything is OK than to find that someone has become a victim of crime.

Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team out and about

An update from Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhood Team:

Out and about

Officers from Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team visited some of our eldest and youngest residents during a police community day of action on Thursday,  23 April.

PCs Neil Burns and Dave Morris and PCSOs Gary Weaving and Nadine Campbell spent an hour at the ‘Hello Morning’ at Christ Church with St Philip, Ruskin Drive. We chatted to pensioners as they enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee whilst playing Scrabble.

Later we chatted to mums and young children at Bronco’s American restaurant, Central Road which has a large soft play area for children aged 1 – 5 and attracts lots of mums and child minders.

PCSO Gary Weaving said: “We feel both engagements went very well and we will be popping in again”.

Contact us

If you have any information to help us keep the local area safe, please contact us. Our details are below:
Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team:
Tel: 020 8649 3590
Email: worcesterpark.snt@met.police.uk

Latest borough police news

For all the latest news, appeals and court cases in Sutton, visit: www.met.police.uk/sutton

Join Neighbourhood Watch

To join Neighbourhood Watch – an organisation that seeks to reduce crime and encourage members to keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable residents who live nearby – contact us on the telephone number or email address above.

Safer Sutton

Please remember that Sutton is a low crime borough and one of the safest boroughs in London. If you seeing a crime in progress or anyone acting suspiciously, such as someone hanging around outside a house or around a vehicle, please call police on 999. You will not be wasting our time. We would rather come out and check that everything is OK than to find that someone has become a victim of crime.