London Borough of Croydon

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Kenley is changing. If you care about the future of Kenley; if you live, work, shop, socialise, commute or run a business in the area then we want to know your views. Help shape change by contributing to the development of the Kenley Community Plan.

Due to the shortage of housing in London and the Southeast, more homes are being built across Croydon and this increased growth is likely to continue in the future.

We want to hear your views and ideas for ways in which the increase in new homes and investment in Kenley can make a positive contribution to the neighbourhood. The community plan will help us identify priorities and seek funding for projects that the Kenley community feel are important in the short, medium and long-term.

Between March and July 2019 there will be lots of opportunities to share your vision for the future of your neighbourhood, starting with our online survey https://kenleycommunitymap.commonplace.is/comments.

Together we will create a community plan to guide the way that Kenley evolves and prioritise what the community needs.

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Because of the housing shortages, Central Government and the Greater London Authority have put policies in place to increase the amount of new housing being built in suburban areas, such as Kenley. This is reflected in Croydon’s Local Plan (2018), which has identified the area around Kenley station as a Focused Intensification Zone.

The Croydon Local Plan (2018) identifies a borough wide 20-year housing target of 32,890. Although the majority of these new homes will be located in the town centre and district centres, around a third will need to be located in suburban parts of the borough. Development in suburban areas is dependent on market conditions and suitable sites coming forward, for example by home owners selling up to private housing developers. So it is not possible to predict exactly how many homes will be developed in different places and when.

Additionally, the Draft London Plan increases the housing target for Croydon to more than 45,000 homes over a 20-year period, which will in turn have an impact on the number of homes expected in suburban areas. However, as the new figures will not be confirmed until mid-2019, the overall impact is still unknown. It is only possible to estimate that around 830 new homes will be delivered over the next 20 years in the Kenley and Old Coulsdon area.

Engagement

The current Local Plan was adopted in February 2018 and a review is underway.  Public consultation on the Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been completed and the SPD is due for adoption in spring 2019.

Given the concerns raised by Kenley residents during SPD process, we are returning to Kenley to engage further with the community to create a Community Plan. Funding has been secured from the Greater London Authority to appoint specialist consultants to carry out this work. In response to community concerns about transport, parking and road safety, a detailed technical survey will also be undertaken as part of the process.

The Kenley Community Plan will be developed through varied forms of engagement with local people who care about the future of Kenley. We will work hard to reach out and listen to a those who live, work and socialise in the area. Through March to July there will be a range of activities and workshops arranged throughout the Kenley ward and street and online surveys, visit our ‘Get Involved Croydon’ website for more details.

All those who contribute will be invited to stay in touch with project news and hear about forth coming events. Through summer and autumn there will be a number of workshops to feedback findings to the community, and to develop the final Kenley Community Plan. This process will be completed by October 2019.

All information provided during this engagement process will be kept safe and secure and used only for the purpose of this activity. The online survey is hosted by commonplace, you can find out more about their privacy policy.

Informing investments and discussions

Although the Kenley Community Plan cannot change planning policies, it will feed into the review of the Local Plan that is currently underway. It will also inform priorities in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which is reviewed annually, in relation to need for investment in public infrastructure such as health, schools, parks and open spaces, waste management and engineering infrastructure, such as drainage and roads.

The Kenley Community Plan will not be a formally adopted planning document and will not over-turn any planning applications that have already been approved. It will be publically available on this webpage, be used to inform the investment priorities, and be used by the planning department to inform discussions with potential developers and highlight the priorities of the local community.

 

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