Sutton 2031: Draft Local Plan published and Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee of 17th January 2017

Sutton 2031: Draft Local Plan

Click this image to open the Draft Local Plan document in a new browser window. The Local Plan is a key planning document that sets out the vision for the development of the borough up to 2031.

It focuses on the key issues that Sutton faces, and identifies development needs and the strategy and opportunities for addressing them. It provides detailed policies against which the Council will determine planning applications for development proposals.

Between Monday 9 January 2017 and Friday 24 February 2017 the council is consulting on this Draft Local Plan.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing Economy & Business Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton Council has just launched its Draft Local Plan and put it out for a final round of consultation. The plan seeks to preserve all that residents love and value about the borough and also meet the demands of housing, schools and transport that we know we’re going to need in future. This document captures our ambitions to promote future prosperity in the borough. Please take a few minutes to look over the plan and complete the short consultation. It’s really important we get the views of as many Sutton residents as possible as we strive to build a better borough for all.”

To get the full details of the Draft Local Plan on the Sutton Council website, click here

To go straight to the Draft Local Plan document click here, and to go straight to the Draft Local Plan consultation page click here.

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Hamish, Jill and Chris by the new Welcome to Carshalton sign in West Street

Cllr. Hamish Pollock chair of Carshalton & Clockhouse local committee said:

“We have this item on our Agenda for our meeting tomorrow 17th January 2017 starting at 7.30pm at 42 Fryston Avenue, Coulsdon on the Clockhouse Estate. All are welcome to attend and take part in the discussions.”

Planning News: Sutton Council’s Draft Local Plan due for consultation in January

sutton-council-logo-10_jpg_displayFollowing the Sutton 2031 consultation earlier this year the feedback has been reviewed and incorporated into a final draft that will go out for formal consultation this month i.e. in January. 

Please click on the draft local plan link below:

The Plan seeks to preserve and protect the borough’s character, green spaces and heritage, whilst appropriately responding to the demand to provide much needed extra housing for local residents. It demonstrates the council’s ambition to grow the borough and secure future prosperity, whilst preserving what makes Sutton special. It goes for a medium growth target, and aims to focus development in town and district centres so that the suburban areas are protected. 

In response to the feedback and evidence the plans for new Traveller sites have been dropped and instead the council believes it can meet its duties by expanding the existing site. Although this does encroach onto Greenbelt, it is the only greenbelt take that is proposed in the Plan with other proposals dropped. Metropolitan Open Land and other open spaces are protected with some additional green space protection added. 

Two additional secondary schools are required within the 15 year period of the Plan, one on the Sutton Hospital site and one on the Rosehill Park site. Sadly the Rosehill Park school footprint will reduce some open land available for the community, but having looked very hard, this was the only other site suitable and available for a secondary school. The site will still retain its MOL status to prevent its development for anything other than a school.

There are new policies intended to restrict the proliferation of hot food takeaways, protect pubs and ensure our district centres continue to flourish.

There is a Masterplan to stimulate new business and development in Sutton Town Centre, that has attracted a lot of developer interest and which the council is busy promoting and working on to ensure it delivers. Also forming part of the Local Plan is the London Cancer Hub development framework which seeks to ensure that our world class cancer diagnosis, treatment and drug discovery collaboration between the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research has the space to maximise its potential and develop a campus worthy of its global acclaim, attracting investment and jobs to the borough.

The Local Plan will be presented at all the local committees between 9th January and 24th February so that residents can find out more, including how to feedback on the plan. The documents will also all be available on the council’s website.

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Sutton Council agrees new Masterplan for redevelopment of Town Centre

Sutton Council has agreed a vision for the future of Sutton Town Centre and a 15-year Masterplan to help make the vision a reality that includes redeveloping the Civic Centre area and transforming the gyratory system around the High Street.

The Masterplan will ensure that in these economically uncertain times the Town Centre continues to attract new business to invest in the centre and to provide shopping, services and local employment opportunities.

The Town Centre Masterplan follows an extensive eight-week consultation earlier this year that resulted in nearly 800 comments from local residents and businesses.

The vision will ensure that by 2031 Sutton Town Centre will  be celebrated for its range of independent retailers, a vibrant and bustling range of arts, cultural and entertainment activities for people of all generations, diverse food and dining, and will stand out because of its strong local heritage.

In order to deliver this vision the Masterplan makes a commitment that Sutton Council will:

  • Explore the redevelopment of the Civic Centre area to create new spaces for arts, culture and entertainment activities in the town centre as well as providing much-needed new homes.
  • Work with the owners of the St Nicholas Shopping Centre to create new activity along St Nicholas Way, with shops, leisure and dining venues near the existing cinema;
  • Work to help deliver new employment development at or above Sutton railway station to strengthen the existing focus for employment in Sutton, support existing local employers and boost the number of jobs in the town centre;
  • Transform the gyratory road around the town centre on St Nicholas Way and Throwley Way into an urban boulevard lined with street trees and ensure that all new development facing onto it is of exceptionally high quality;
  • Work with grant funders to secure a range of High Street projects to strengthen the centre of Sutton and improve the image of the town centre; and
  • Work with Historic England and landowners on a plan to enhance the historic core of the Town Centre.

Mary Morrissey, Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton Town Centre is the lifeblood of our borough. We must support it to grow and provide more jobs and opportunities for our residents through major plans including the redevelopment of the Civic Centre area and the transformation of the gyratory into an urban boulevard. These will help us to create a distinctive Sutton and I want to thank everyone who took part in the consultation as they have helped to create the future of Sutton Town Centre.”

The Sutton Town Centre Masterplan covers the town centre area and complements the council’s Local Plan, which sets out a Vision for the whole of the borough. The Local Plan is currently being reviewed as part of Sutton Council’s wider vision for the whole of the borough in 2031-32 and is being prepared in the context of Sutton being a One Planet Borough with a proud identity as a green and environmentally-sustainable borough.

The Local Plan, which has detailed planning policies to help judge planning applications for new developments including those in the town centre, will be subject to a follow-up consultation in the autumn.

Bilfinger GVA (BGVA), one of the largest planning, development and regeneration advisers in the UK and Ireland, led the consortium that created the ambitious masterplan, which included Architecture 00, Urban Engineering Studio, and Allies and Morrison.

Jerry Freeman, Senior Director of Development at BGVA, said:

“The Sutton Town Centre Masterplan sets a strong, deliverable vision for the future of the Town Centre, with a clear direction for development and investment going forward to 2031. This provides the evidence and guidance to strengthen the competitive position of Sutton Town Centre as a key metropolitan centre in outer London. The Masterplan supports the council’s requirements and aspirations for the Town Centre. The council is now investigating ways to facilitate the Masterplan proposals through the use of its assets and its wider influence on development.”

The Town Centre Masterplan follows on from the Greater London Authority’s granting of Housing Zone status for Sutton Council’s Sutton One Housing Zone, which has identified 12 key sites for residential development in Sutton Town Centre and Hackbridge. The council has also set up a development company and investment vehicle to encourage businesses to invest in the borough.

Thousands of responses to Sutton 2031 consultation

More than 4,900 representations were made by borough residents and stakeholders to Sutton Council’s major consultation into the development and growth of the borough over the next 15 years.

The Sutton 2031 consultation, which ran between 18 February and 8 April, asked borough residents to help shape a new Local Plan – the document that provides the planning framework for future development. A total of 44 consultation events were held across the borough at which local people were able to discuss the Local Plan with council planners.

The consultation included the Town Centre Masterplan and London Cancer Hub Development Framework. The Local Plan designates the location and size of these developments, and also the pace of growth. The number of people working and living in the borough will determine the amount of infrastructure, such as additional schools and improved transport, needed to support them.

Of the 4,900 responses received, 800 related to the Town Centre Masterplan and 350 to the London Cancer Hub Framework. The council’s planning team is reviewing all the responses and will use them to create updated Sutton 2031 proposals, which will then be consulted on in the autumn.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We have received a tremendous response to the Sutton 2031 consultation from borough residents. The Greater London Authority predicts that Sutton’s population could rise by 31,272 to 228,521 by 2031. To meet that challenge we must plan for the new housing and the infrastructure to support it, including additional schools, employment, improved transport and more health facilities. By being proactive in planning for future growth and setting a standard of wanting high-quality development and place-making, the Local Plan will help retain and enhance the Sutton’s character and environment as well as protect its heritage and green spaces. We anticipate that the reworked Draft Local Plan will go out to consultation again in late autumn this year. This will give residents a second opportunity to have their say on what the future of our borough should look like.”

Sutton 2031 – Your chance to plan our future

artists' impression, tramlink, Sutton 2031

An artist’s impression of the Tramlink extension.

Sutton Council has launched a major consultation into the development and growth of the borough over the next 15 years.

Sutton 2031 asks people to help shape a new Local Plan, the document that provides the planning framework for future development.

Between 18 February and 8 April, local people are encouraged to give their views online or to attend any of the 22 exhibitions and meetings to discuss the Local Plan with our planners. To find out details or take part in the consultation they should visit

Why is Sutton 2031 important?

The Greater London Authority predicts Sutton’s population could rise by 31,272 to 228,521 by 2031. To meet that challenge Sutton must provide new housing, and the infrastructure to support it, including additional schools, employment, improved transport and more health facilities.

The Local Plan designates the location and size of these developments, and also the pace of growth. The amount of people working and living in the borough will determine the amount of infrastructure needed to support them.

For example, the Greater London Authority forecasts Sutton will need 7,000 more jobs by 2031. If they were all office jobs, the borough would need to find the space of around nine football pitches to accommodate them. By being proactive in planning for future growth the Local Plan can help retain the borough’s character and environment by protecting Sutton’s heritage and green spaces, and helping to cut pollution.

The consultation also includes the Town Centre Masterplan and London Cancer Hub Development Framework. Masterplanners are currently working on both of these projects and Sutton 2031 will give people the chance to review and comment on their draft proposals. Their views will be taken into account as part of the design process.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said:

“The London housing crisis is already putting Sutton under pressure so now is the right time to decide what the future of our borough should look like. Together, we need to ensure that growth works without losing Sutton’s essential character. We understand people love the suburban nature of our borough, the tree-lined streets, quality parks and open spaces. They also value our heritage, our district centres and high streets whilst seeing plenty of room for improvement in Sutton town centre. We have arranged our widest ever programme of consultation asking residents to help us determine the right places to concentrate growth, and achieve a quality of place that enhances all that is good about the borough. The message to our residents, businesses, developers, landlords and our young people is to get involved, and get everyone you know to get involved. What is in Sutton 2031 will affect you, and it will certainly affect your children. This is your opportunity to shape the future of our borough.”

Developments for work, leisure, and living.

The development will bring retail, residential, and leisure opportunities to the area.

 Town Centre Masterplan

The Town Centre Masterplan is to help improve Sutton Town Centre so that is it fit for the future. As our main commercial district and the fourth largest centre in south London, its future success is critical to the borough. It must provide high quality services in a high quality setting, while also evolving the retail and leisure offer, increasing employment opportunities, providing new homes and generating revenue for local services.

The London Cancer Hub

The London Cancer Hub is a proposal to expand the operations of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust onto brownfield land in Belmont. It aims to bring together 10,000 scientists, clinical and support staff in a world leading Hub for cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise. Sutton Council has purchased part of the site for a secondary school with a planned specialism in the sciences to help our young people to start careers in this exciting sector.

16 Mill Lane – Planning Application granted

Alan ​represented local residents at the Council’s Planning Committee in January recently to oppose a planning application for a used car business at 16 Mill Lane, near its junction with Rochester Road.

Many residents had signed a petition against the plans due to the impact on traffic and parking. Mill Lane is well-used for parking by commuters for Carshalton Station, by visitors to local public houses, and of course local residents. The 16 Mill Lane site had previously been used for industrial purposes, so there were few grounds available for the Council’s Planning Committee to reject this application and the committee’s view was that the second hand car use would create much less traffic and parking than an alternative industrial/workshop use which is already permitted on the site.

The planning permission is only for the storage/sale of cars and not for the maintenance of them.

Westmead House redevelopment as care home: Update

The following message has been received by Alan, Jill and Hamish from council officers, regarding the building of the 74 bed care home at the former Westmead House site….

Dear Councillor

Further to your reply, the information from my previous response can be shared although I would summarise the main points as follows:
A Notice has been served on the developer of the site under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. This notice sets the hours of working for noise-generating activities which are as follows:
MondayFriday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
No noisy works on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
An officer has visited the site to investigate reports of work taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 19th December 2015. On this occasion, high winds prevented the crane being used during much of the morning hours. Therefore, the work to remove the blocks from the highway and prevent them causing an obstruction needed to be completed in the afternoon.
The Notice does allow for works outside of the hours in exceptional circumstances, for example where a road closure is required in order to manage traffic movements. Where this is the case, the Council will be notified in advance and it has been recommended that a letter drop be carried out in order to inform residents.
If residents are being disturbed by noise outside of the working hours above, this can be reported by calling 020 8770 5000. Details of how the Council responds to noise complaints can be found on the Council website
It has been agreed that, during the Christmas period, all works on the site will cease on Tuesday 22 December and will not resume until Monday 4th January 2016.
Dave Trew

Pollution Control Team Leader
Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service 
London Borough of Sutton | 24 Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey | SM5 2JG

Westmead Care Home – Monitoring Construction

A message is in from Sutton Council about this development….
Dear Cllr….

I held a Site Meeting with Metnor Construction’s Site Agent / Project Manager Mike Sanderson today, after first visiting the site yesterday, following receipt of your enquiry below.

Yesterday’s Site Visit established the validity of xxxx’s complaint, and I was able to convince Metnor’s Mr. Sanderson that we would not hesitate to take enforcement action against the site and its workers if he did not take steps to ensure that his site was run in compliance with the General Logistics Overview and Method Statement which they submitted to us at Planning stage.
At today’s meeting, Mr Sanderson explained the steps he had taken in the last 24 hours to control the nuisance of construction-related traffic on the neighbouring roads of Cowper Avenue, Kingsley Avenue and Byron Avenue (East).
Metnor Construction held a “Tool Box Talk” Meeting with all its sub-contractors yesterday, where 26 of the 28 sub-contractors signed to confirm their consent to comply with Instructions emailed to them by the Site’s Contracts Manager, Shaun Kent. 
Evidence from those attending the meeting suggests that many are bricklayers and plasterers. Mentor informed me today that the bricklaying and plastering operations would end this weekend, removing up to 20 sub-contractors from the site, many of whom currently seem to drive to work.As a result, it is anticipated that the on-street parking demand will be further reduced from Monday.
Metnor have also introduced a construction-related parking scheme, whereby they will henceforth issue a Metnor Parking Badge to all their staff parking on-street, to indicate how many of the vehicles parked on-street at any one time, are related to the site.

Mr Kent also emailed  xxxx yesterday, and copies of the documents referred to above are attached herewith, and I have agreed with the Site Agent that we will monitor the parking situation on a weekly basis, to ensure that it no longer deteriorate to the level observed yesterday.
Please contact me if I can be of further assistance on this matter.

Don Anyiam, M.Sc., CMIHT

Principal Engineer & Management Consultant
Highways and Transport
Kingston & Sutton Shared Service
London Borough of Sutton
Denmark Road | Carshalton | Surrey SM5 2JG
Tel: 020 8770 4979020 8770 4979

Sutton Council launches its low-carbon energy company for South London

 The Felnex development, artist's impression.

A Computer Generated Image of how the Felnex development will look.

Sutton Council is launching its own energy supply company that will use waste heat to provide low-carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses across south London.

The  is calling on developers in Sutton, Merton and Croydon to join the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN) which has the potential to provide sustainable heating and hot water to 19,000 homes at no greater cost than a conventional boiler.

Energy generated by the new Energy Recovery Facility and from the existing landfill in Beddington will provide low-carbon heating through a network of pipes that will serve developments, eliminating the need for households and businesses to have boilers. The project also has the potential to harness energy from other businesses, which is currently wasted.

Sutton is already in negotiations to sign up its first partner to join the network. Barratt Homes are developer for the Felnex site in Beddington, Sutton, which will contain 725 homes and a supermarket, both of which will be connected to the SDEN. That will save 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions with future phases expected to increase this to over 5,000 tonnes.

The council is setting up the SDEN to help reduce the borough’s carbon footprint as the UK’s first One Planet Borough – a status which means the council has made series of environmental commitments.

It will also invest profits back into public services to benefit Sutton residents, for example they could be used in measures to reduce fuel poverty.

The plans are backed by the Government and the Greater London Authority. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has also cited SDEN as a leading example of best practice.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton has long been committed to environmental sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. We are now pushing the boundaries further by setting up the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network. The SDEN will offer developers in South London a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the provision of heat and hot water. There are lots of potential benefits including lower construction costs, lower green taxes, better resilience, no ongoing plant maintenance and increased lettable floor space. For Sutton, the SDEN will help to reduce our carbon footprint and any profits we make will be invested back into public services for our residents and businesses. At a time when our council budgets are being severely cut by the Government, it is projects like the SDEN can help local authorities to bring in much needed revenue while also creating a low-carbon borough.”

James Dunne, Operations Director at Barratt Homes, said: 

“The SDEN offers developers the chance to connect to a low-carbon energy supply when building new homes. Barratt already has a proven record in district heating. It is straightforward to build the infrastructure, significantly reduces emissions and it counters the rising price of fossil fuels over the long term. We are looking forward to working with the SDEN to supply our 725 home development in Sutton with low-carbon energy.”

How SDEN works

The council will be laying a network of highly insulated steel pipes to deliver hot water to our customers.

The amount of heat energy taken from our network is controlled by users – exactly the same as a heating or hot water system fed from a boiler located in a building.

Inside the property, the method used to deliver heating can remain the same, such as radiators and underfloor heating

Benefits can include:

  • Reduction in construction costs
  • Increased lettable floor area in developments due to reduced plant space
  • Enables developers to meet planning regulations more easily and cheaply
  • Reduced exposure to green/carbon taxes and levies
  • Avoids ongoing heating plant maintenance, servicing and replacement
  • Better resilience than conventional heat supplies
  • Participation in a scheme that will deliver significant carbon savings to South London
  • Profits can be reinvested in public services in Sutton

Developers interested in finding out more about the network should call Sutton Council on 020 8770 5918  or email