Sutton 2031 – Your chance to plan our future
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 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.
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:
- 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
- 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 email@example.com and on 020 8770 6453.