The Neighbourhood Plan needs to be able to assess sites for their suitability for one or other purpose that the site might be suitable for. There is already a list of sites in hand but we must ask for any sites that people have that we aren’t currently aware of. We have had a good number be identified by people recently but we must continue to ask.
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We have written to developers, we will be in contact with other agencies who have land. Of course some government agencies with land simply advertise that on their websites; makes it easy enough for the people working on the Neighbourhood Plan to include those in the list of sites to be assessed.
This is an important issue as the Plan must be able to report on one of the most important assets in the area, its land and how it is used, for the future.
Set out here are just some of the uses for land that the Neighbourhood Plan has so for identified.
Business Development, New School, Doctors Surgery in Whyteleafe, Caterham Hill Library, Cinema, Cemetery, Allotments, Community Hub for Whyteleafe, Playground for Chaldon, Parking, Pocket Parks, Waste Collection, Anaerobic Digester, Solar Farm, Housing.
This picture is of one of the sessions where people working on the plan are being taught about Site Assessment.
Out of the work being done towards the Neighbourhood Plan has been the identification of a number of projects that are looking to be attractive and viable to serve the area.
The sites that the Neighbourhood Plan will be calling for will include sites for some of these. In addition the CR3 Forum welcomes any additional projects that can be usefully carried out. We are proposing to list some of them in the promotional material we are preparing, so you are referred to that when it is published, which should be early January.
Otherwise we are going through the reports that the different groups have produced and make sure they are consistent and properly prepared.
Volvos, the Mercedes were in the other showroom
On Tuesday evening there is the public meeting to assess information over 67 Croydon Road, the site formerly occupied by Rose & Young.
The Neighbourhood Plan is making a representation, much as anything to make sure that the work by the ‘Plan is made available. Importantly from the point of view of fitting the development of the site into the context of the Valley as a whole.
Going back a few years there was an exercise to assess what land exists in the area that might be developed, for housing and other uses. This process identified a number of sites that were possibly available. However there are also sites that though available the planning permission just would not be forthcoming.
In the intervening period agencies such as the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) have released land that now has housing on it, such as OakGrove as it is now called.
This exercise has to be repeated as part of the work of the Plan and there will be communications going out from the Housing Group to developers and PR aimed at others we don’t know, who may have land they’d consider as potentially available.
It is very necessary for the Plan to be doing this work. On the one side to know what sites there are that could take housing, also to be very clear as to the capacity of the area if it were to be the case that the Plan and the area it represents is challenged as to why it can’t take more. I should restate that. The area represented by the Plan will be challenged as to why it can’t take more and it has to have a perfectly robust and clear answer to hand. These challenges will be coming from outside of the area and from a number of parties. Many of these challenges are already being made all the while anyway, from developers, from Government, perhaps adjoining authorities looking to see how they’ll meet demands on them to provide housing land.
Geoff Duck, Chairman Steering Group of the CR3 Forum
The work on the Neighbourhood Plan is now changing from the matter of assembling the reports on different topics to the task of beginning to set out the nature of the finished Plan and the components in that. Giving thought to what has been learnt from the work so far and how to make sure the Plan itself is assembled efficiently in a proper fashion.
Please look out for further news on particular topics and any exhibitions displaying the work as it is being put together.
Geoff Duck, Chairman CR3 Forum Steering Group
There was a good attendance and people were interested to see the work that is being done and to contribute towards it by commenting on some of the ideas and proposals that are evolving. Feedback of this kind is valuable as it helps to formulate the policies that will be drafted from the work done.
The Plan was also promoted at the Meet Caterham Business at the Soper Hall on October 11th and a number of additional people were introduced to the work being done.
Our next task is to review what more needs to be done to be sure we are consulting properly with local residents, people who work here and who operate businesses in the area.
Thank you for your interest and please look out for further events to do with the Plan.
Geoff Duck, Chairman Steering Group of CR3 Forum.
This event in the Saturday afternoon will allow the different groups to be able to present and discuss with visitors some of the aspects of the Plan. Most importantly though to listen to what you have to say. There will be another period of consultation in the spring, but now is the time to hear from you.
On October 11th the CR3 Forum will be exhibiting at the Meet Caterham Business event, again at the Soper Hall. This too is an important occasion to be able to meet people who work and run businesses in the CR3 area.
Geoff Duck, Chairman of the Steering Group of the CR3 Forum