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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.

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.

Temporary closure of ‘Pig Alley’ footpath

Pig Alley, Worcester Park
Pig Alley, Worcester Park

The section of public footpath running between Boscombe Road and Trafalgar Avenue, known locally as Pig Alley, will be closed from Monday 10 November 2014 for approximately one month. The closure is necessary while a shared use footpath for pedestrians and cyclists is constructed along this section of the footpath.

This will form the first section of a new cycle route which will eventually run from the Garth Road / Green Lane junction in the London Borough of Merton along Green Lane to the stables then via the current footpath to Trafalgar Road and onwards towards Sutton. Subsequent sections of the route will be constructed as funding is identified and allocated. It is hoped the section from Boscombe Road to the stables in Green Lane will be constructed next year.

Cycle route plan – section 1

Cycle route notice – section 1

Should McDonald’s open until 01:00?

McDonald’s at North Cheam have submitted a planning application to extend their closing time from 00:00 to 01:00 seven days per week.

Is this a good idea? What impact will it have on residents living nearby?

Visit Sutton Council’s web site at http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=A2014/70341 to view the application and submit your comments.

Proposed cycle route for Worcester Park

Proposed improvements to the footpath between Boscombe Road and Trafalgar Avenue could provide a new off-road cycle route for Worcester Park.

The proposal is to up-grade the existing footpath, by providing a 3m wide tarmac path and allowing pedestrians and cyclists to use it.

The benefit of improving the path is to encourage more journeys by bicycle and on foot. This section of path is part of a longer route that leads to the borough boundary with Merton to the north at Green Lane. Merton Council have recently up-graded their section of Green Lane to provide a good surface for pedestrians and cyclists. It is not intended to provide street lighting along the path as it is to be promoted as a daytime route only.

Residents near the route are being asked  for their comments but if you have any thoughts on this proposal you can e-mail Traffic.Postbook@sutton.gov.uk quoting reference T30086/3 by Friday 25 July 2014.

The results of this consultation will be reported to your ward councillors for consideration.

Housing plan for Cheam Common Road

A Prior Approval planning application has been submitted to convert existing office space to residential use at McMillan House in Cheam Common Road, Worcester Park.

If implemented, the plan would lead to the creation of forty-six 1 and 2 bed flats on the ground, first and second floors including 87 car parking spaces.

Link to planning application: http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=A2014/68955

Convent request demolition of Clarkes Avenue property

The Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege have lodged a planning application with Sutton Council requesting permission for the demolition of 20 Clarkes Avenue, Worcester Park and the construction of a new private access road to the Convent site.

More: http://5.150.92.212/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=A2013/68627