Planning Appeal refused by planning inspector for new house at 1 Byron Gardens, Poets’ Estate, Sutton

Sutton Council refused the planning application Ref C2015/71087/FUL, dated 12th January 2015, on 17th March 2015 supporting local residents’ views that the scheme was unsuited to the site.

The applicant went to appeal to the planning inspector based in Bristol, as is allowed under planning law (the Appeal Ref No. is: APP/P5870/W/15/3008608), against the decision of Sutton Council.   The development proposed was for “the erection of one bed end-of-terrace residential property with associated parking and landscaping”.  The site is quite near the junction of Byron Gardens with Orchard Way, in the Poets’ Estate.

We have been advised today that the appeal has been dismissed.


St Philomena’s School expansion

stphilomenaslogo_1A planning application has been submitted for the expansion of St Philomena’s school (C2015/71900) to provide an additional one- form entry of 30 pupils totalling 200 extra pupils over seven years. As there are currently 1303 pupils this will take the overall total to 1503 pupils.

In 2015/16, the first year after expansion, the number of year 7 (first year) pupils will rise from 204 to 234 pupils. The school has undertaken that all the expansion will come from Sutton Borough children. The expansion will consist of eight new classrooms in a two storey building.

At present 60% of pupils come from outside the Sutton boundaries. The 2012 School Travel Plan shows that 27% of pupils were driven or drove to school, or shared cars or “parked and strode”.  A total of 41% caught the bus, 18% used rail and 15% walked or cycled. The 2013/14 school travel survey showed a slight increase in bus users at 44%.

However, no new car parking or vehicular access arrangements form part of the application. But a parking study has been conducted by the school in the Poets Estate area  – bounded by Shorts Rd/Alma Rd, Colston Avenue and stretching along Westmead Rd from Westmead Corner to Browning Avenue and Highfield Rd. This shows an existing capacity of 84% of parking spaces when max capacity is defined as 85%.

Many residents report parents parking across their drives and on double yellow lines, especially in Shorts Rd/Alma Road, and in the area around Westmead Corner. Jill and Alan recently met the Head Teacher to discuss options. They asked that the school stagger opening and closing times, encourage more pupils to use public transport or walk/cycle, older children in particular. They asked for proactive enactment of the School’s travel plan and greater enforcement of parental behaviour at school start and finish times.

To comment on the school plans please visit Sutton Council’s online planning register at: or visit the Planning Dept, 24 Denmark Rd, Carshalton SM5 2JG Tel 020 8770 5070 or email  by 17th July 2015.

Westmead Allotments – From “Sutton Voice”

The following news story from “Sutton Voice” has been kindly forwarded to us …

A 40-year-old man has been convicted and sentenced for damaging a number of trees next to his property. Xhavit Krasniqi, of Coleridge Avenue, Sutton, had arranged for unqualified workers to carry out lopping and topping of six trees from the neighbouring Sutton Council-owned Westmead Allotments.

Officers from Sutton’s Safer Parks Team were called to the scene and found damage to the trees and branch debris on the ground on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Sutton Council sought a statement of loss for the total damage, which was put at £23,759 and for cleaning up the debris, which came to £3,250.

Close liaison between Sutton Council and the Sutton Safer Parks Police Team resulted in the case being dealt with as a criminal matter and Krasniqi was summonsed to attend court. At Croydon Magistrates’ Court in August 2014, Krasniqi pleaded not guilty to criminal damage. The case was referred to Crown Court for trial.

At Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 8 May 2015 Mr. Krasniqiwas found guilty of two counts of causing criminal damage to a total of six trees after a three-day trial. He was found guilty by a majority 11-1 verdict on both counts. Krasniqi was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid community work and to pay £3,500 Crown Prosecution Service costs; £60 victim surcharge and £4,810 compensation to Sutton Council – making a total of £8,370.

The money in compensation to Sutton Council will be used to prune the old trees properly and to plant new trees. The Judge told Krasniqi that he was responsible for the trees being cut down which had put his swimming pool in the shade. The Judge also spoke about the loss of these established trees to the local community. PC Fash Mohammadi said: “This was great team work between Sutton’s Safer Parks Police Team and the London Borough of Sutton to bring this person to trial and face justice for what he had done.”

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “In Sutton, we pride ourselves in being both a green and fair borough, so it is not acceptable for residents to put their own interests over those of the borough as a whole. We do not tolerate anyone damaging trees on council land and I am pleased that we have worked together with the police successfully on this matter.”

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

More and More Housing…

A lot of new housing and special care/residential developments have been completed in Carshalton Central ward in recent years:-

1) Coleridge Avenue, Poets’ Estate (4 detached houses) replacing one 1920s detached house.

2) Carter House/Denny House/Jennings House, 229-245 Carshalton Road/1B and 1c Shorts Road, Carshalton (44 flats) on site of a former terrace of 9 shops with flats above.

3) Nicole Lodge, 2 Carshalton Park Road (on the site of former Texaco Garage) (12 flats in a new “conservation-area-sympathetic” neo-Georgian block, plus 2 flats at no. 33 Pound Street).

4) Doric House, Carshalton Grove (11 flats).

5) Hillside, 163 Carshalton Road (3 new roof top flats above a 1970s block of flats).

6) Lakin Close/2-4A Rotherfield Road (6 new houses in the close, 3 new houses in Rotherfield Road replacing 4 inter-war detached houses/bungalow).

7) The Park/Corbould Close (conversions/alterations of former 1920s Carshalton War Memorial Hospital) (13 houses). In the Carshalton Park Conservation Area.

8) Ashcombe Court, The Park (10 new flats replacing former nurses’ care home).

9) Corbould Close (8 new residential care flats in grounds of Carshalton War Memorial Hospital).

10) Cedar Close off Salisbury Road (9 new mews style houses replacing former special health care bungalows/houses).

And there’s more to come:-

1) Cowper Avenue/Byron Avenue/Kingsley Avenue/Westmead Road (74 bed care home and some 2 storey houses on former Westmead House site). Now under construction.

2) Former Trolleybus Depot site, Westmead Road. Redevelopment/construction work still to start.

Parker Close as completed April 2014

Cedar Close as completed April 2014

Environmental improvements…grass verges set for a trim…


The formerly infamous rendered wall now minus the render!

A grass verge in the Poets’ Estate complete with newly-planted street tree..

Sutton Council has begun a programme to cut away over 30,000 linear metres of grass verges from footpaths around the borough.

The initiative was formulated as a direct response to the council’s 2013 Ipsos MORI survey revealing that 36% of Sutton residents felt clean and tidy streets were the most important issue in ensuring that Sutton was a good place to live.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“We are committed to making our borough the most beautiful place it can be. We hope measures such as this foster a sense of civic pride and a sense of belonging. It is important that we listen to our resident’s feedback and act accordingly”


Proposed Sainsbury’s, 123 Westmead Road – Licensing News – Cllr. Alan Salter reports back

Cllr. Alan Salter reports:

Following a successful redevelopment appeal to the Department for Environment at Bristol, for Westmead House, a full planning application has been lodged by Sainsbury`s for shopfront alterations to the ground floor which they propose leasing as a Sainsbury`s Local.  At a special Licensing Sub Committee hearing on 10th February, I raised residents` concerns regarding parking, licensing and delivery hours and anti-social behaviour. Sainsbury`s had originally  wanted a 24-hour licence for the sale of alcohol. This has been reduced to the hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and the Committee reserves the right to review the situation, if there is a perceived increase in anti-social  behaviour in the surrounding area, or breaches of delivery times, restricted to the same hours. C.C.T.V. will monitor movements, and could be used as evidence to support any future restrictions. 

Westmead House is located between Cowper Avenue and Kingsley Avenue on Westmead Road, Poets’ Estate, Sutton.

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

Westmead House, 123 Westmead Road

1 Byron Gardens, Sutton: Planning Appeal Dismissed by Government Inspector

Jill, Hamish and Alan are pleased that the Government’s planning inspector has upheld Sutton Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to develop the land at 1 Byron Gardens. The developer went to appeal and the inspector has turned it down, agreeing with the Council’s reasons for refusal.

The planning inspector said that the proposed development would significantly harm the character and appearance of the area. The development would have been contrary to Sutton Council’s planning Policies, which require good urban design that respects context and distinctive local character. The development also failed to follow Sutton Council’s Planning Guidance.

Cllr. Alan Salter said: “The planning application C2013/68158/FUL was received last September by Sutton Council to develop land at 1 Byron Gardens. It was refused by Sutton Council last November.”

Cllr. Jill Whitehead added: “The main issues were the concerns about the effect on the character and appearance of the area and the effect on the living conditions of neighbours, especially the outlook from properties on Orchard Way. The inspector said that the proposed building would be attached to the side of No.1, protruding to within 2m of the highway boundary and standing at an awkward angle relative to the carriageway.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock said: “The scheme resulted in awkward dimensions of the site, which combined with the orientation of No.1 meant that the proposed dwelling could not be satisfactorily accommodated. The proposed new building would appear as an anomaly in the “streetscene” in Byron Gardens, failing to reflect its prevailing character and appearing cramped within the site.”

CAFC’s Floodlights and 3G Plastic Turf Planning Applications thrown out by Sutton Council

Sutton Council’s Development Control (or Planning) Committee unanimously threw out Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s two major planning applications last Wednesday (22nd January).

These applications were for (1) increased use of floodlights; (2) the replacement of the turf pitch with a 3G plastic pitch.

Local residents’ representatives and one of your councillors spoke against both of these planning applications at the meeting.

The reasons for refusal included serious concerns over the loss of amenity and damage to the area’s environment, with aCarshalton_Athleticdditional noise and nuisance caused by the floodlights and the anticipated significantly increased use of the ground, as well as a big impact on parking and traffic in local roads near the ground.

There were also considerable concerns expressed by those present about the possible impact of flooding on nearby residential properties, highlighted by the recent bout of very wet weather. We understand that the Football Club will be appealing against the Council’s decision. The appeal would go to the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol, a Government agency.

We will be making our objections known to the planning inspector in due course. Unfortunately the planning inspector has the legal powers to overturn the Council’s decision.

MORE in a future posting and edition of FOCUS.

Carshalton Athletic Planning Applications

The Council’s Development Control Committee will be meeting on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 to discuss the latest pair of important planning applications submitted by the Carshalton Athletic Football Club (which is a tenant) to Sutton Council (which is also the landlord as well as the planning authority). 

This pair of applications will have most potential effect on those residents living in Colston Avenue and the so-called Poets’ Estate area such as Coleridge Avenue, Court Drive, Shirley Avenue, Mead Cresecent and Brookfield Avenue.

Local councillors Jill, Hamish and Alan aim to attend and wish to ensure that the councillors on the committee are kept fully informed of residents’ views about the two interlinked planning applications no. C2013/68432/FUL (increased use of floodlights) and C2013/68433/FUL (new artificial pitch in lieu of grass pitch).

Residents may wish to attend the meeting which is held in public in Meeting Room 1 of the Civic Offices, St. Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and this item is Agenda Item 2, so it should be heard shortly after 7.30pm.

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