London Borough of Croydon

This page is dedicated to the examination of the Croydon Local Plan and will be updated regularly throughout the process.

Current stage

The Secretary of State appointed Planning Inspector, following the Examination Hearings, is inviting comments on the Main Modifications to the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission). Main Modifications are changes which the Inspector considers are necessary to make the plan Sound for adoption. Main Modifications are proposed without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions in the Inspector’s Report, which will take account of all representations submitted in response to this consultation. This is not an opportunity to raise matters relating to other parts of the submitted Local Plans. The Inspector will only consider representations from this consultation which relate to the Main Modifications.

You are invited to make representations to the Main Modifications to the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals.

Consultation on the Main Modifications will take place from 29 August to 10 October 2017, inclusive.

Details on how to make a representation and what details to include can be viewed here.

The Main Modifications to the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission) can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The draft Policies Map which accompanies the Croydon Local Plan can be viewed here. Main Modifications to the Policies Map can be viewed in the last Appendix of each document.

A sustainability report addendum has also been undertaken to present an appraisal of the proposed Main Modifications on both the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals. (Proposed Submission). The sustainability addendum can be viewed here.

What has happened to get to this stage?

The plan and supporting documents were published by the Council for representations which provided the local community and other interested parties with a formal opportunity to consider the final version of the Local Plan. Representations were able to be made between 5 September and 17 October 2016. Any representation received before 5 September or after 17 October were not accepted by the council as valid and were not considered by the planning inspector at examination.

The Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review ((Proposed Submission) was approved at full Council 5 December 2016) and was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State on 3 February 2017. The Secretary of State has appointed Inspector Paul Clark BA MA MRTPI to conduct an independent examination of the Croydon Local Plan.

All valid representations were considered by the independent planning inspector at examination, which was held in Spring 2017. The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the framework).

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the local plan is:

  • positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development)
  • justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence)
  • effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities)
  • consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework)

The Inspector will also consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate and meets the legal and procedural requirements.

What happens next?

After the Examination in public for the Local Plan and the consultation on the Main Modifications, the Planning Inspector then submits a final report to the Council, either recommending adoption, or some modifications prior to adoption or withdrawal of the Local Plan.

The Council aims to adopt the Local Plan in late 2017.

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer is an independent officer of the examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and is the point of contact for any queries in relation to the examination or correspondence with the Inspector.

Contact Details:

Chris Banks
C/O Banks Solutions
64 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1EF

bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

Tel: 07817 322750 or 01903 783722

Examination documents

You can view the index of examination documents. It contains links to the:

  • Correspondence with the Inspector
  • Council’s and other parties examination statements
  • Evidence supporting the Croydon Local Plan;
  • Representations received on the Proposed Submission drafts of the Croydon Local Plan

Further information on the Croydon Local Plan including the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies – Partial Review (Proposed Submission) and the Croydon Local Plan: Detailed Policies and Proposals (Proposed Submission) documents can be found on the following webpages:

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