The council has called on the local plan inspector to reconsider his recommendation for the borough’s local green spaces.
Councillors were disappointed to find it recommended that Local Green Space protection be removed from the local plan, as part of the inspector’s proposed main modifications which are currently being consulted on.
If the inspector’s recommendation was to proceed, there would be no significant impact on the protections already granted to some of the borough’s green spaces.
However, the designation of land as Local Green Space as proposed by the council would provide additional protection – beyond existing conservation, heritage, ecology or national policy protection – to green areas around the borough deemed to be of particular importance to Croydon’s community.
Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning
“Croydon’s residents are understandably proud of their parks and the vast amount of green space in the borough, which is why we have sought to secure further protection for them with the Local Green Space designation.
“Our open areas and green spaces make Croydon special and the envy of many other London boroughs. We want to reassure our residents that whether we get the extra protection or not their much loved parks are safe.”
The Croydon Local Plan sets out the borough’s growth and development vision over the next 20 years and the inspector’s proposed changes must be consulted on before the plan can be adopted.
If you’d like to comment on the inspector’s Main Modifications you have until midnight on 10 October to do so. The representation form and the main modification documents can be viewed by downloading from the council’s website www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanone and www.croydon.gov.uk/localplantwo