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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.

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!

Free Grit for Sutton residents and businesses

Sutton Council are offering free grit to residents and local businesses for the fifth year running.

Each household or local business can collect 10kg of free grit courtesy of Sutton Council to use on footpaths, pavements or roads in front of their homes or business premises.

They can also collect grit for their elderly friends and neighbours or residents/local businesses who don’t have cars.

Proof of residency for any resident or local business is required in order to collect the grit.

By collecting and using grit appropriately our residents help the borough keep moving and help the gritting team reach the places in the borough that are hard to reach with the gritting lorries.

The free grit can be collected on the following weekends:

· Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 and Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November

· Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 and Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December *

It is available at:

· B&Q, Carshalton Road, Sutton: 7am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday

· Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries, Woodmansterne Lane: 8.30am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm Sunday (*please note the grit is not available from this site on 13 & 14 December).

· Clockhouse, The Green at the Mount: 9am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday

· Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycle Centre: 9am – 5pm Saturday, 9am – 2pm Sunday

Please take a suitable bag or container to collect the grit at Kimpton Park Way. Grit at the other locations will be ready bagged.

B&Q are offering 10% off the cost of a snow shovel when you collect your grit from them – subject to availability and closing date of Sunday 14 December 2014.

Elderly or disabled residents who currently receive an assisted bin collection can have the grit delivered to them. Please call 020 8770 5070.

Worcester Park in Key campaign to support local businesses

Local retailers have got together to launch the Worcester Park Key magazine which will include a free loyalty card offering deals at stores in Worcester Park.

10,000 copies will be handed out to residents from 6 June 2014.

More: www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/11240303.Worcester_Park_in_Key_campaign_to_support_local_businesses/

Greggs goes hi-tech

After spending most of my life in the IT industry I couldn’t resist signing up for the new Greggs Rewards scheme after it came to my attention yesterday.

It is an interesting approach to both store loyalty cards and methods of payment. Unlike other stores you download a smartphone app rather than apply for a card and to encourage you they are also offering some introductory freebies.

Having signed up and put some money on my account I decided, in the interests of my fellow Worcester Park shoppers, to head down to Greggs in Central Road to buy some lunch.

When you go to the till you press the ‘spend’ button in the app on your phone which generates a quick response (QR) code and a unique number. In theory the staff can just scan the QR code to take the payment but Worcester Park branch haven’t received their scanner yet so just typed the unique number into the till to take my payment.

Sandwich purchased, no cash exchanged, and a quick look at the app instantly showed my account had been debited the cost of my baguette.

An interesting idea which seems easy to use, would you use it to buy YOUR lunch?

Entrepreneurs invited to Start Up Sutton

A new scheme to support entrepreneurs looking to start a business is being launched with the backing of Sutton Council.

The Start Up Sutton scheme aims to provide entrepreneurs with the support they need in developing their ideas through a series of workshops, one to one clinics and ongoing support from specialist advisors.

A launch event is taking place on Tuesday, January 21, at Uno Tapas in Sutton high street.

More: www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/suttonnews/10929990.Entrepreneurs_invited_to_Start_Up_Sutton/