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Croydon faces backlash from charity over plans to build on playing fields

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A countryside charity has urged Croydon Council to protect precious parks and not build on six sites in the borough. The areas appear in a review of the borough local plan which sets out where 42,000 homes should be built across the borough by 2039.

But countryside charity CPRE, formerly the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has called on Croydon Council to exclude six of the sites earmarked for development. Some are on playing fields and other green spaces. It said these sites were in areas with poor local transport so would also increase traffic in the borough.

A statement from the charity reads: “We believe the council could demonstrate greater ambition for increasing the amount of green space in Croydon. For example, new parks could be created in areas of the borough with not enough green space by converting ‘grey space’ (roads, parking, hard-standing) into ‘street parks’.

“We would like the council to ensure any new housing developments or estate regeneration ‘infill’ schemes do not leave residents with inadequate provision of green and communal open space.”

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The charity does not want to see housing built on land across from North Downs Road in New Addington, Heath Clark playing fields in Waddon, land at Poppy Lane in Shirley, part of Purley Way playing fields, Coombe Farm in Oaks Road and Stroud Green Pumping Station in Shirley.

There were more than 3,000 responses to an initial consultation on the plan in 2021. It is due to be adopted in 2023. The latest consultation on the review closes on Thursday (February 17). In the spring it will be submitted to the secretary of state for examination.

Proposed changes to the plan include three areas for potential development of homes and community facilities at Purley Way, East Croydon Station and its surrounding area, and North End Quarter, Croydon.

A Croydon Council spokesperson said: “The Local Plan Review proposals prioritise development to brownfield sites and seek to protect the borough’s valued green spaces. We welcome the engagement from CPRE and all those who contributed to the Croydon Local Plan Review consultation. All submissions and representation will inform next stages of the plan’s development and consideration by the planning inspectorate.”

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