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LONDON BOROUGH OF CROYDON

ADOPTED REVISED
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
June 2008

Planning and Transportation Department


Policy and Strategy Team

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Contents Pages

1. Introduction.....................................................................................................4
The Legislation, the Borough and How to find out more

2. What is a Local Development Framework?..................................................5

3. Where does the LDF fit in?............................................................................6

4. Changing from the old to the new system...................................................9

5. Producing the LDF..........................................................................................9

6. More about the Different Types of LDDs....................................................11

7. Deciding on the Priorities for Assembling Croydon’s LDF..................... 12

8. Resources for Preparing the LDF...............................................................14

9. Monitoring the LDS Programme..................................................................15

10. Other Planning Documents..........................................................................15

11. Summary of Croydon’s Local Development Scheme................................16

Tables
1. Where the LDF fits in ……………………………………………………………7
2. Main Steps in Preparing a Development Plan Document ………………10
3. Main Steps in Preparing a Supplementary Planning Document ………11
4. Croydon’s Planned Local Development Framework ……………………17
5. LDF Programme Management Chart ……………………………………… 18

Diagram 1 Network Chart: Organisational Drivers & Partnership Linkages …8

Appendices
Appendix 1 Local Development Document Profiles ..................................19
– DPDs and SPDs

Appendix 2 List of Potential LDDs currently not programmed in LDS.... 29

Appendix 3 List of Other Planning and Conservation Projects and Documents


not programmed in LDS............................................................31

Appendix 4 List of:


1. Development Plans that the Council has “saved”
2. Supplementary Planning Documents adopted since 2004
3. SPGs which the Council will continue to use......................33

Appendix 5 Risk Assessment.......................................................................35

Appendix 6 Glossary of Terms.....................................................................37

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1. Introduction

The Legislation
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act passed in 2004 requires the Council to
eventually replace its Unitary Development Plan - the Croydon Plan (UDP) with what is
called a Local Development Framework (LDF). A LDF is not a single plan but a collection of
various plans and planning documents called Local Development Documents (LDDs).

A LDF is intended to:


- be quicker to prepare, update and easier to use than a UDP;
- provide more opportunities for all of the community to be involved in the plan making;
- be spatial planning document encompassing planning of all factors and issues which
affect where we live and work and not just a tool to control development;
- encompass the priorities and plans of the Community Strategy and other local
strategies and help to deliver agreed, necessary and desirable change in the Borough.

The LDF must be in general conformity with the regional spatial strategy; The Mayor of
London’s London Plan. The LDF is also required take on board national policy for planning,
development and conservation. The primary objective of national and regional planning is to
create more sustainable communities and achieve more sustainable development.

This 2004 Act also required all local planning authorities produce and keep up to date a
Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the programme and production
arrangements for assembling its LDF – for preparing LDDs and which indicates which plans
and planning documents the authority is using.

The Borough
Croydon is one of the largest London Boroughs in both population and geographical extent.
It is an area of major economic and employment importance with a growing and prosperous
local business sector and a large retail base spread across several locations. It is
accommodates many of the facilities and services needed by the community across a major
part of South London.

Croydon’s importance as location for business and facilities is enhanced by it being one of
the most accessible locations in the sub-region. It is crossed by several main road routes, is
the focus for South London’s rail network, and has an extensive bus service network and
most of London’s only operating tram system. There is a considerable inherent impetus for
new development and change across much of the Borough.

Despite this impetus for change, there are also areas where change in the form of
regeneration needs to be stimulated. At the same time, the Borough has many areas where
change needs to be managed and even resisted. Croydon has many attractive and settled
residential areas and important areas of open space and Metropolitan Green Belt.

There is therefore a substantial planning task to manage and co-ordinate change and new
development in the areas where it is acceptable, appropriate and desirable, and to control
and resist change where it is unacceptable, inappropriate and undesirable.

How to find out more


This LDS and the plans and documents that will be prepared to form the LDF can be viewed
on the Council’s web site:
http://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/planningpolicy

Copies of all documents are in the Council’s offices and all public libraries in the Borough.

Queries can be addressed to:


Planning LDF, Policy and Strategy, Croydon Council, Taberner House, Park Lane, Croydon.
CR9 1JT
LDF@Croydon.gov.uk
FAX 020 8760 5408 Telephone: Policy and Strategy Team 020 8686 4433 x 61385

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2. What is a Local Development Framework?

The LDF is a folder of plans and planning documents, collectively called Local
Development Documents (LDDs) of which there are two main types: Development Plan
Documents (DPDs); and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). New regulations
are due to come into force in June 2008. These will impact on the content and approval
of the Local Development Scheme and the processes for preparing Development Plan
Documents, Statements of Community Involvement and Supplementary Planning
Documents.

Development Plan Documents in the LDF together with the London Plan form statutory
the Development Plan for the area. The Council has a duty to prepare DPDs to make up
the Development Plan in order to provide the basis for all planning, development and
conservation decisions in the area. There are, in fact, several types of DPDs, including
Area Action Plans (AAPs). DPDs must be prepared using prescribed processes and
procedures and are subject to independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate
before they are complete and can be used. Statements of Community Involvement are
special types of LDDs in a LDF and, at present, are to be prepared using the same
process and procedures as DPDs.

Supplementary Planning Documents can be included in the LDF, but there is no


statutory requirement to prepare SPDs and they are not part of the Development Plan.
SPDs amplify development plan (DPD) planning policies and proposals, and provide
more guidance to the community and development sector. SPDs take many forms
including Development Briefs, Design Guides and Statements of development
standards. SPDs are not statutorily required documents and are not examined by the
Planning Inspectorate. However, if SPDs have been prepared using some prescribed
processes and procedures and have been subject to proper consultation and appraisal,
they can be included in the LDF at present and can be given some weight as a material
consideration in taking planning and development decisions.

The Act and Regulations require all planning authorities to produce several other
documents.

Statements of Community Involvement (SCI) are a special type of LDD to be included in


a LDF for they are not actually plans or planning guidance. The new system places
significant emphasis on increasing the involvement of all of the community and all
stakeholders in the planning process from the outset. Local planning authorities are
required to produce a SCI which indicates how this will be done; how and when the
community can be involved in the making of plans and taking planning decisions. A SCI
represents the planning authority’s commitment to involve the community. All plan
making and decision taking on planning applications must be involve the community in
the way set out in the SCI. At present SCIs are to be produced using some of the
processes and procedures for DPDs and are subject to independent examination.
However, independent examination will not be required once the new regulations come
into force in June 2008.

Local Development Scheme (this document – the LDS) is a publicly available document
in which a local planning authority sets out its work programme for preparing LDDs to be
included in its LDF. It also identifies the existing plans and planning documents the
Council intends to use and when, according to the LDS programme, these will be
superseded or replaced. A main purpose of a LDS is to inform the community,
stakeholders and development interests what plans and planning documents will be
used for planning decisions at any point in time and to indicate when they will be
involved in the preparation of new LDDs. At present each LDS has to be submitted to
the Government for approval before finalisation and publication. Once the new
regulations come into force in June 2008, the Mayor for London will take the lead on

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approving the LDS for London Boroughs. The Planning Inspectorate also has to agree
the examination programme.

Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) is a document which local planning authorities are
required to produce and publish annually. It has two main elements designed for a
single main purpose. Firstly it is meant to record the progress made in achieving the
LDD programme set out in the current LDS; whether plans and planning documents are
being produced on time. Secondly it is meant to monitor the performance and
effectiveness of the policies and proposals in the plans and planning documents in
currently in use. Both exercises are intended to inform whether there is a need to revise
and up-date the LDS programme; whether the programming of the production of LDDs
needs to be altered and whether new or different LDDs with new or different policies
and proposals should be included in the programme. The AMR also has to be submitted
to the Government annually.

3. Where does the LDF fit in?

Local authorities produce a number of strategies, plans, proposals and programmes.


Some are statutorily required e.g. the Community Strategy and the Housing Strategy
and some they choose to produce as part of the process of delivering services to the
community. There is a statutory requirement upon local planning authorities to produce
development plans and to assemble a LDF. One of the main tasks of the LDF is to help
the delivery of the local Community Strategy and other strategies that form part of it.
LDFs as spatial plans should present the spatial implications (i.e. the implications for
development and the use of land and property) of the Community Strategy and other
strategies and plans that form part of it.

Croydon has a local Community Strategy that is updated annually by the Council and
the Local Strategic Partnership. This year, as part of the development of the new Local
Area Agreement (LAA) (finalised by June 2008), new overarching priorities have been
developed and agreed for the borough and will be reflected in a new Sustainable
Community Strategy. In assembling the LDF; in preparing the LDDs that will make up
the LDF, full account will be taken of the spatial implications and land-use requirements
of the Community Strategy. Croydon’s Strategic Partnership, which is responsible for
the Community Strategy, will be a significant contributor to the LDF.

The LDF will also take into account the land-use and development implications of other
strategies and plans, which are part of the Community Strategy or statutorily required by
other legislation e.g. the Transport Strategy (LIP) and the Housing Strategy.
Consequently, it is important that effective linkages are maintained between the
department primarily responsible for producing the Local Development Documents –
Planning & Transportation Department – and other departments, the Council’s Partners
(principally by means of the Local Strategic Partnership) and the community. Whilst
some of this can be achieved through the consultation processes set out in the
Statement of Community Involvement, continuing engagement with key officers,
partners and groups within the community will help to secure a sound set of documents.
Table 1 below sets out the relationship of the LDF to other strategies and plans and
Diagram 1 the network of boards and groups whose work will inform the preparation of
LDDs, especially the DPDs.

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Table 1 The Relationship of the LDF with Other Strategies and Plans

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Diagram 1 Network Chart of Organisational Drivers and Partnership Linkages

Organisational Drivers Partnership Linkages


Corporate
Management Team

Croydon Strategic
Local Strategic
Officers

Partnerships
Partnership Board
Sub Boards
incl Strategy, Place
making, Housing ….
Croydon Council

LDF
Preparation
Cabinet & Members

teams
Members’
Regeneration Sub Boards
Board incl. Chief Executives’ Group

Planning Policy • Chief Executives’ Group is the LSP LDF


Development Sub Reference Group
&
LDF and Planning • Planning Policy Development Sub Committee is
the Members’ LDF Steering Group
Policy Cabinet
Committee • Strategy Sub Board is the Officers’ LDF
Reference Group

• Croydon Council Members and Officers are


represented on the LSP Board
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4. Changing from the old to the new system

When the new system came into force in 2004, it was recognised that it would it take
several years to take full effect. Many old style plans were still in production.
Consequently special arrangements to allow local planning authorities to move from the
old to the new system were established. Authorities can continue to use (save) certain
old style plans and planning documents until they are no longer needed or are replaced.
Old style plans in preparation in 2004 could be completed and used for up to three
years from adoption.

The Council was able to complete, adopt and use for up to 3 years from adoption, the
Replacement Unitary Development Plan - The Croydon Plan. It could also indicate that
it wishes to continue to use other planning documents, mainly supplementary planning
guidance notes (SPGs), until they are no longer required. The LDS indicates the plans
and planning documents to be saved or still to be used for planning decisions.

The Secretary of State can give permission for a plan or specified policies to be used for
a period beyond three years if an application is made to them 6 months before they
expire. The Government has said that all local planning authorities should move to the
new planning system as soon as possible and must not assume that permission will be
given to extend old style plans unless it is justified. If extensions were agreed, the
policies would be saved until no longer required. Based on the programme set out in
table 5, the Council will need to submit an application to the Secretary of State in
January 2009 and will seek to justify extended life to a number of the policies and site
allocations in the Croydon Plan and relevant related planning documents.

5. Producing the LDF and LDDs

The processes and procedures for preparing LDDs are to an extent prescribed by the
Act, accompanying regulation and national policy guidance. The main steps in the
process for preparing a DPD and a SPD are set out in Tables 2 and 3 respectively. The
time and resources needed for each step can dictate the LDS programme. Four
important points about the process and procedures should be noted.

1. Evidence Base Assembly. There is a great emphasis placed upon having sound and
fully justified plans and planning documents (rather than a just “bright ideas” which lack
solid justification). Assembly of evidence; the information that justifies plans, policies
and proposals, is an important and substantial step in the preparation of a LDD.

2. Community Involvement. Local planning authorities are required to enable there to


be greater community involvement in planning; in plan making and taking planning
decisions. Community involvement must be a continuous process from the start of work
on a new LDD through to its completion and implementation. The community must be
involved at each stage, from the assembly of the evidence for the plan and the
identification of the issues, through the generation of options and selection of the
preferred alternatives to the final assembly of the plan.

3. Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). All


LDDs must be the subject of Sustainability Appraisal (SA) which must incorporate where
relevant, the requirements of the EU directive for the Strategic Environmental
Assessment (SEA) of plans. SA/SEA is a process that ensures that all social, economic
and environmental considerations and consequences are taken into account when
developing policies and proposals. It is a process that must be applied at each stage in
preparing a LDD to ensure that every policy or proposal is not inappropriately discarded
or taken forward. SA/SEA is not a one-off assessment exercise undertaken when the
document is nearly complete. SA/SEA is to be undertaken in tandem with producing a
LDD and the time and the resources it requires needed to be allowed for in drawing up
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programmes. There are in addition a number of other assessments like a Strategic
Flood Risk Assessment, Appropriate Assessment (of Impact on Internationally Important
Natural sites) and Equalities Impact Assessment, which many LDDs must be subjected
to, although some may be incorporated into SA/SEA work.

4. One Examination and A Binding Inspector’s Report for DPDs. It is the Government’s
view that if efforts to involve the community in the preparation of a LDD from the outset
and throughout the process are effective, there should be less need for anyone to
formally object to the plan when it is assembled. The procedures for preparing DPDs
(note they do not apply to SPDs) allow for one examination stage by a Planning
Inspector who considers whether the DPD is sound when judged against a number of
criteria. The Planning Inspector’s Report and Recommendations on whether and how
the plan is sound and can be adopted, with or without recommended changes is binding
upon the local planning authority. There is no further opportunity to object to a DPD or to
make further changes to it. At present, changes can only be made by starting afresh on
a new plan, which will need to be separately programmed in the LDS. Consequently it is
important to put considerable time and effort into ensuring a plan, a DPD, is sound in all
respects before it is submitted for examination.

Table 2: MAIN STEPS IN PREPARING DPD


Project and SA/SEA Scoping

Pre-Production Evidence Base Assembly

Pre Issues and Options and Draft SA/SEA Report

Consultation on Issues and Options

Community
Involvement
Estimated Duration – Up to 3 Years

Prepare Preferred Options

Consultation on Preferred Options

Prepare Submission Draft Sustainability


Appraisal
Incorporating
Submission to SoS SEA

Representations on Submission

Representation Pre Examination Meeting


and
Participation in
Examination Independent Examination

Binding Inspectors Report

Adoption

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Table 3: MAIN STEPS IN PREPARING A SPD
Project and SA/SEA Scoping

Evidence Base Assembly


Estimated Duration – Up to 12 Months

Prepare Draft SPD

Consultation on Draft SPD


Community Sustainability
Involvement Appraisal

Consider Representations

Prepare Modified SPD

Adoption

Monitoring and Review

6. More about the Different Types of LDDs

A Local Development Framework is not a single all embracing plan. It is a folder of


plans and planning documents of various types. Some LDDs are required by the new
system and others have been canvassed as likely to be necessary.

Statement of Community Involvement This is a special type of LDD which all local
planning authorities are required to produce which sets out how and when the
community can expect to be involved in planning.

Core Strategy DPD A Core Strategy DPD is a requirement for all LDFs. It should set out
the long term spatial vision and strategy for the area and the strategic planning,
development and conservation policies and proposals needed to pursue the strategy
and deliver the vision. The Core Strategy is the main document that will deliver the
Community Strategy and other strategies. The Core Strategy can indicate the general
distribution for new development and change but will not normally allocate specific sites.
The Core Strategy should set out the Authority’s objectives for planning in its area and
how the achievement of these objectives is to be assessed. It should set out the

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arrangements for monitoring development and change and the effect planning policies
and proposals are having.

The Core Strategy must conform generally with the Regional Spatial Strategy (the
London Plan) and national planning policy. In turn the Core Strategy provides the
foundation for all other LDDs and their policies and proposals must conform to those of
the Core Strategy. Until a Core Strategy DPD is adopted for an area, its function as the
foundation for other LDDs is provided by the existing development plan, the adopted
Replacement Unitary Development Plan in Croydon’s case.

Sites Allocations DPD is a document that identifies specific sites and locations for new
development and change, together with general policies and proposals for use of the
sites. In so far as the Sites Allocations DPD relates the Core Strategy to specific sites
and specific uses, it is normally assembled in close association with the Core Strategy.

Suite of Local Development Control Policies DPD is document that identifies local
policies for controlling development; for taking decisions on development proposals. The
policies should be specifically applicable to the local area and justified on that basis.
Guidance states it is not necessary to repeat or re-interpret national and regional policy
for planning, development and conservation expressed in higher level plans.

Area Action Plans (AAPs) Area Action Plans are DPDs which provide specific policies
and proposals for development, change and conservation in areas likely to be the
subject of significant change in the foreseeable future or in need of special action to
secure their conservation. Although AAPs provide specific policies and proposals for a
separately defined area, they still must conform to the Core Strategy and, where
relevant, other DPDs such as the Sites Allocations and Local Development Control
Policies DPDs.

Joint DPDs Regulations allow adjacent local planning authorities to jointly prepare
DPDs. These could be for a specific topic or use for which it is sensible to plan for over
an area larger than an individual authority for instance for waste or for areas in need of
planning across authority boundaries. Joint DPDs must conform generally with the Core
Strategy of each of the authorities and must be programmed in the LDSs of each
authority.

Proposals Map The Proposals Map will illustrate geographically, the policies and
proposals in all DPDs. It should be on an ordnance survey base and should identify the
specific areas and sites to which policies and proposals apply. As there will be only one
Proposals Map for an area, possibly of several sheets, it will need to be revised each
time a new DPD is adopted.

7. Deciding on the Priorities for Assembling Croydon’s LDF

The identification of the Council’s priorities for assembling the LDF and preparing LDDs
has been drawn up in consultation with the Government Office for London and the
GLA/Mayor of London. Regard has also been had to the views expressed by other
stakeholders as to the plans and planning documents the Council should be preparing.

Croydon adopted the Replacement Unitary Development Plan - The Croydon Plan
(RUDP) in July 2006. It provides an overall strategy for planning and development in the
Borough, some site specific allocations and a large number of development control
policies. Croydon therefore has a relatively complete planning framework for the
Borough.

Croydon can use the RUDP for at least 3 years from adoption, i.e. until mid 2009. The
plan or some of its policies could be used after that date if the Secretary of State grants
permission (which would have to be applied for by January 2009). The Secretary of
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State would need to be satisfied that an extension is fully justified. The Government has
placed an expectation on all local planning authorities to move from the old system to
the new one as soon as possible, Therefore, there is no certainty that permission to
extend the plan will be forthcoming. Moreover it is the case that in a number of respects
the RUDP is not fully up to date and entirely in accordance with current and evolving
planning policy and requirements originating at national and regional levels. For
instance, it is now recognised that the RUDP does not fully meet all the requirements for
making provision for new housing development.

Croydon Council has itself determined that the RUDP does not fully address a number
of planning issues and needs, which developed whilst it was being prepared. In addition
the RUDP does not make a full contribution to delivering the Community Strategy (and
other strategies and plans that have evolved since the first draft of the RUDP was put
together. Consequently, Croydon Council has decided that a high priority should be
given to replacing the RUDP with, firstly a new Core Strategy DPD, then a new Site
Allocations DPD and, in due course, a new Suite of Local Development Control Policies
DPD. These DPDs will need to take on board the requirements of recent alterations to
the London Plan and changes in national planning and development policy. However,
the present resourcing of the programme, and the procedures that have to be followed
to ensure a sound document is prepared, does not allow for the replacement of the
RUDP by July 2009. Therefore, the Council will be seeking the Government’s
agreement to extend the life of the RUDP.

Croydon Metropolitan Centre is an area experiencing considerable pressure for change.


The London Plan identifies the Centre as an Opportunity Area for accommodating a
substantial level of new employment generating development and several thousand
additional houses. The Centre is also the preferred location for new retail development
and other facilities and services aimed at serving a wide area of South London. The
London Plan says that a new development framework should be drawn up for the
Opportunity Area. A general chapter in the RUDP and several older and non-statutory
SPGs provides the existing framework for Croydon Metropolitan Centre. There is an
urgent need to assemble a new statutory planning, development and conservation
framework for Croydon Metropolitan Centre. Preparation of an AAP for the Centre is a
very high priority.

A major deficiency of the RUDP is that it does not meet all the requirements of
government policy or the London Plan for planning for waste. Planning for waste;
providing adequate and sustainable facilities for managing all forms of waste, is one of
the most urgent tasks facing today’s society. Croydon along with most areas of London
does not have adequate, long term plans for managing waste. As a result of an EU
Directive, all local planning authorities have been strongly urged to have their plans for
managing waste to be in place not later than mid 2010. Preparation of a DPD for Waste
(a Waste Plan) is therefore also a very high priority given that most DPDs take 3 years
to prepare. It has, however been determined that the ideal planning unit for planning for
waste is larger than Croydon Borough. It has been agreed that planning for waste
should be undertaken for four South London Boroughs (Croydon, Merton, Sutton and
Kingston upon Thames). This would be a Joint DPD. Resources to undertake a Joint
DPD will be shared between the four authorities, thus achieving an economy of effort
and money and enabling it to be started straight away. The timetable of the work has
been agreed jointly and is indicated in this LDS.

A small number of SPDs have been identified as likely to be urgently required to assist
the development control process; to help guide proposers of development to draw up
appropriate and acceptable schemes. Several of these are already in production. All
SPDs prepared before preparation and adoption of a new planning framework for the
Borough (i.e. the Core Strategy and other key DPDs) must conform generally to the
terms of the Croydon Plan, as part of the existing adopted development plan. The list of
programmed SPDs and the timing of these is consequently dictated by the need to
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“elaborate” upon Croydon Plan policies and proposals. It is also dictated by the
availability of resources and the need to give priority to preparing key DPDs. SPDs
which are intended to “elaborate” upon policies and proposals which it is anticipated will
be included in new DPDs can be programmed and timetabled for preparation after these
new DPDs have progressed significantly towards adoption although they cannot be
completed, adopted and used until the relevant DPDs have been adopted.

Given all the above considerations, the Council has determined that the following SPDs
should be programmed:
- A SPD setting out the standards and requirements for all new housing development
pursuant to several Croydon Plan policies;
- A SPD setting out the strategy, standards and requirements for designing and
improving the public realm in the Borough pursuant to the objectives and policies of the
Croydon Plan aimed at regenerating and improving the image of the Borough;
- A SPD setting out standards and requirements for improving local air quality through
controlling and guiding all new development pursuant to a Croydon Plan policy and the Local
Air Quality Action Plan;
- A SPD setting out standards and requirements for providing outdoor play and
recreation space pursuant to several Croydon Plan policies;
- A SPD setting out the standards and requirements for meeting housing need and for
providing affordable housing. This SPD is timetabled for later in the three year period so that it
is pursuant to policies and proposals in developing key DPDs.
-

The number of DPDs and SPDs programmed has been limited to reflect the likely
availability of resources to undertake preparation of LDDs.

A large number of other LDDs, both DPDs/AAPs and SPDs have, in fact, been identified
as possibly needed sometime in the near future. These include plans for several centres
and guidance and requirements for designing more sustainable development. At
present, however, there is not the resource capacity within the principal LDF team and,
in any event, to properly reflect both the community’s vision for the future and corporate
policy and priorities, these should be derived from the emerging Sustainable Community
Strategy and consequent Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs. A list of potential
LDDs that may need to be prepared some time in the future as and when resources and
an opportunity arise is included in Appendix 3.

8. Resources for Assembling the LDF and Preparing LDDs

The processes and procedures for preparing LDDs are to a great extent prescribed.
They are very resource demanding, especially as it is expected that LDDs will be
prepared over a shorter timeframe than old style plans. The programming of LDDs must
have full regard to the availability of resources for preparing them. The Council must not
commit itself to undertaking a LDS programme which it cannot adequately resource.
Given that there are normally finite resources for preparing LDDs, some desirable ones
may need to be delayed in the programme, or included in the list of those for future
programming when the opportunity and resources are available. The Risk Assessment
included in Appendix 5 indicates that the highest risks to undertaking the programme
centre upon the availability of resources, mainly officer resources and the skills needed
to undertake the work. This re-emphasises the need to not commit to a programme and
a timetable for LDDs that the Council cannot be assured of resourcing.

LB Croydon’s resources for assembling its LDF and preparing LDDs mainly comprises
two Sections of the Planning and Transportation Department (Policy and Strategy and
Urban Design) and a modest budget for plan work, which may be put to buying in of
services. The Policy and Strategy and Urban Design Teams have in total 22 posts.
However the Teams are not responsible for only LDF work. They both have a very long
list of other planning, conservation and design, business and economic promotion and
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project work duties to undertake occupying a considerable proportion of their time and
resources. Effectively, equivalent to only 6 to 8 full-time posts are available for LDF
work. There are other Teams and Services within the Authority that could contribute to
the work of assembling the LDF and preparing LDDs although this is not their primary
responsibility. Additionally, consultants are being used to undertake some of the work
for the evidence base for the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs. Consideration is
also being given to using consultants to do the sustainability appraisals as required
through the DPD preparation process.

In so far as the LDF, in particular the Core Strategy and the Site Allocations DPD, are
key to the delivery of the Sustainable Community Strategy and other strategies and
plans which form part of it, assembly of the LDF and preparation of certain LDDs is a
corporate responsibility and task. There is a statutory obligation upon the Borough as a
local planning authority to assemble an LDF. This is an obligation that sits alongside the
requirement to have a Community Strategy. Consequently, some contribution to
assembling the LDF and preparing certain LDDs must come from the corporate body as
a whole.

Nevertheless, in setting out the Council’s programme for assembling the LDF and
preparing LDDs, the main determinant of what can be done remains the capacity of the
Planning and Transportation Teams. Having regard to the processes and procedures to
be used for preparing LDDs and the likelihood of significant assistance or resources
becoming available from other sources there is sufficient capacity over a three year
period, to complete three DPDs, begin work on a fourth, make a contribution to a fifth
Joint DPD and prepare five SPDs. An offer of resources from another service has been
received, which makes it possible to timetable these five SPD. The proposed LDS
programme has been set on this basis having regard to the priorities for preparing and
having available to use, new plans and planning documents to eventually replace the
Croydon Plan. The programme has been designed on the assumption that resources
can be switched from working on one LDD to another depending on the stage reached
in their preparation.

9. Monitoring of the LDS Programme

Monitoring of the LDS programme; of whether planned LDDs are being prepared
according to the timetable set out in the LDS; will be undertaken formally each year in
the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR). The year period covered by the AMR will be from
1st April to 31st March. Assembly of the LDF as set out in the LDS programme is,
however, a type of project that can be subjected to the rigours of project management.
One of the guiding principles of project management is to have a process for continually
monitoring progress and adjusting the programme and plan accordingly. The LDS
programme will therefore be monitored on an almost continuous basis and if it is
identified that the programme needs altering, a review of the LDS will be instigated and
a new LDS prepared. To assist in this, an additional staff resource has been secured for
the team. At present this is a temporary LDF Programme Manager and Project Support
Officer. During the course of the year the effectiveness of the post will be reviewed and
it will be decided whether the post will be retained or the function assigned to a
permanent Policy & Strategy team member with additional resources brought in to
support the team functions.

10. Other Planning Documents.

Planning authorities are required to prepare other documents as part of the new
planning system. Croydon’s Statement of Community Involvement was completed in
July 2007 and does not need to be programmed for replacement in the next three years.
Another document required is the Annual Monitoring Report. Although not a LDD which
needs to be shown in the LDS programme, it is worthwhile indicating when it will be
available for it will inform if and when the LDS programme could need to be reviewed.
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The new plan making system requires the assembly of a great deal of evidence and
information to support and justify plans and the policies and proposals therein. As
evidence to justify plans, it has to be made publicly available, normally in the form of a
report. A number of studies and surveys such as Needs Surveys and Appraisals are
also recommended in national planning guidance and/or suggested as necessary in the
London Plan. Finally every new LDD must be subjected to Sustainability Appraisal
incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment. Although all these pieces of work
needed to be undertaken in concert with the production of LDDs, they do not need to be
programmed in the LDS. Nevertheless account needs to be taken of them in drawing up
the LDS programme because of their not insignificant resource demands.

11. Summary of Croydon’s Local Development Scheme – its programme for


assembling the LDF and preparing LDDs

The following LDDs will be prepared in the period from August 2007 to the end of 2011:

Development Plan Documents


- Croydon Metropolitan Centre Action Area Plan
- Core Strategy DPD
- Sites Allocations DPD
- Suite of Local Development Control Policies DPD
- South West London Waste DPD
(a Joint Waste Plan DPD to be prepared jointly with LB Merton, LB Sutton and
RLB Kingston upon Thames
- The Proposals Map

Supplementary Planning Documents


- SPD Standards and Requirements for New Housing
- SPD Strategy, Standards and Requirements for Designing and Improving the
Public Realm
- SPD Standards and Requirements for Improving Local Air Quality
- SPD Standards and Requirements for Providing Outdoor Play and Recreation
Space
- SPD Standards and Requirements for Meeting Housing Needs and Providing
Affordable Housing

Croydon’s Planned Local Development Framework is illustrated on Table 4.


The LDF Programme and the timetable for LDDs are shown on Table 5: the LDF
Programme Management Chart; and the main organisational drivers and partnership
linkages are shown in Diagram 1.

Details of the programme and timetable for LDDs are also provided in the LDD Profiles
in Appendix One. The Profiles identify the specific periods when consultation on a LDD
will occur and representations can be made, although there will in fact be almost
continuous opportunities for community involvement in plan making.

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Table 4: CROYDON’S PLANNED LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

Local Development
Statement of Community Involvement Scheme Annual Monitoring Report

Development
Plan Documents
South Core Strategy DPD
London
Joint Waste
DPD
Site Allocations DPD Suite of Local Development
Control Policies DPD

Proposals
Map
Croydon Metropolitan Centre
Other DPDs to be programmed
Action Area Plan

Supplementary
Planning
SPD Standards & Requirements Documents
SPD Standards & Requirements for Improving Local Air Quality
for New Housing Development

SPD Strategy, Standards &


SPD Standards & Requirements
Requirements for Designing and
for Providing Outdoor Play &
Improving the Public Realm
Recreation Space
SPD Standards & Requirements
for Meeting Housing Need &
Providing Affordable Housing

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Table 5:

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APPENDIX 1

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENT PROFILES – DPDS and SPDs

Development Plan Documents

TITLE CROYDON METROPOLITAN CENTRE


AREA ACTION PLAN
Status Development Plan Document

Subject, Role or To provide a comprehensive spatial planning


Content framework for all planning, development and
investment decisions in and around Croydon
Metropolitan Centre (Croydon Town Centre –
Central Croydon.) The Centre is an
Opportunity Area in the London Plan for
which a development framework is required.
Geographical Croydon Town Centre/Central Croydon as
Coverage generally shown in UDP. (The precise area
to be determined in AAP.)
Chain of In accordance with:
Conformity - national planning policy guidance;
- the London Plan;
- the UDP, in the prior absence of the
Core Strategy;
- the Community Strategy.
Relationship with It will develop and review the policies etc. of
Other LDDs and the UDP. It will replace the adopted SPG and
UDP interim policy statements for the Centre.
Alongside the new Core Strategy (see below)
it will provide the main statutory basis for
future DPDs and SPDs for or affecting
Croydon Metropolitan Centre.
Production Project Lead: Heads of Policy and Strategy
and Urban Design.
Team Lead: Principle Planner from P&S and
Principle Urban Designer from UD
P&S and UD Resources: 1to 3 FTE depending
on stage reached in programme.
Input from;
Planning Control, Traffic, Transport and Road
Safety, Civil Engineering and Environment
and Sustainability Team..
Retained consultants.
Other Services and Departments of Council.
GLA and TfL
Croydon Business
Stakeholders and community including local
business community, local public service and
utility providers
Planned Timetable Consultation on Issues and Options From beg. February to
and Key mid April 2008
Milestones Prepare Preferred Options Mid April – mid October
(from September Consultation on Preferred Options 2008
2007) From end October to
Prepare Submission Draft mid December 2008
Mid December 2008 –
Submission to SoS. end May 2009
Representations on Submitted Draft End May 2009
Consideration of representations From end May to mid
Pre-examination meeting – if required July 2009

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Public Examination – if required
Estimate of Inspector’s Report End July 2009
Adoption October – December
2009
April 2010
July 2010

Review To be determined through the AMR.

TITLE CORE PLANNING STRATEGY FOR


CROYDON (Provisional Title)
Status Development Plan Document

Subject, Role or A comprehensive strategic planning


Content framework for planning, development and
investment in Croydon.
- Planning and Development Vision for
Croydon.
- Strategic Planning Objectives.
- Overall Planning and Development Strategy
- Core or Main Planning and Development
Policies
- Implementation Strategy and Plan
- the Framework for Monitoring
Implementation and Change
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of In accordance with:
Conformity - national planning policy guidance;
- the London Plan;
- the Community Strategy;
- other strategies of the Council and
other agencies which have a spatial
impact on the Borough.
Relationship with It will substantially replace the UDP especially
Other LDDs and all of Part One of the UDP.
UDP All other LDDS (DPPs and SPDs ) will have to
generally conform to the LDF Core Strategy
DPD.
Production Project and Team Lead: Head of Policy and
Strategy
P&S and UD Resources: 1to 3 FTE depending
on stage reached in programme
Input from;
Planning Control, Traffic, Transport and Road
Safety, Civil Engineering and Environment and
Sustainability Team..
Retained consultants.
Other Services and Departments of Council.
GLA and TfL
Croydon Strategic Partnership.
Croydon Business
Stakeholders and community including local
business community, local public service and
utility providers
Planned Project and SA/SEA Scoping February – July 2008
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Timetable and Consultation on Scoping August - September
Key Milestones Pre-production evidence base assembly 2008
Prepare Issues and Options and draft SA/SEA January – September
report – On-going engagement 2008
Consultation on Issues and Options August – December
2008
Prepare Preferred Options
Consultation on Preferred Options From beg. January to
mid February 2009
Prepare Submission Draft February – August 2009
Submission to SoS. From September to mid
Representations on Submitted Draft October 2009
Consideration of representations Mid October – mid
Pre-examination meeting – if required March 2010
Public Examination – if required End March 2010
Estimate of Inspector’s Report From end March to mid
Adoption May 2010
May 2010
June 2010
September 2010
February 2011
May 2011

Review Monitoring will be annually through the AMR.


The Core Strategy will establish Core and
Local Indicators for monitoring purposes. The
Core Strategy will be reviewed when
monitoring indicates it is necessary.

TITLE LDF SITES ALLOCATIONS DPD (Provisional


Title)
Status Development Plan Document
Subject, Role or A document which identifies in a
Content spatial/geographical form the allocation of all
sites for new development and changes of
use, including the main provisions for future
housing development. The document will also
identify the main planning policy and
development requirements for sites.
Coverage will be sites for all forms of
development and use.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must generally conform with the LDF Core
Conformity Strategy, and through it with national
planning policy guidance, the London Plan
and the Community Strategy. In so far as the
CMC AAP may precede this DPD, it will almost
certainly take on board the provisions and
allocations of the AAP.
Relationship with It will substantially replace the UDP especially
Other LDDs and all site allocation policies and provisions
UDP made for housing development.
All other LDDs with the exception of the LDF
Core Strategy and possibly the CMC AAP must
generally conform to the Sites Allocations
DPD.

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Production Project and Team Lead: Head of Policy and
Strategy
P&S and UD Resources: 1 to 3 FTE depending
on stage reached in production
Input from: Planning Control, Traffic,
Transport and Road Safety, Civil Engineering,
Environment & Sustainability Team
Other Services and Departments of Council;
GLA and TfL; stakeholders and community
including local business community, local
public service and utility providers
Planned Project and SA/SEA Scoping May – September 2008
Timetable and Consultation on Scoping October – November
Key Milestones Pre-production evidence base assembly 2008
Prepare Issues and Options and draft SA/SEA January – September
report – On-going engagement 2008
Consultation on Issues and Options October 2008 –
February 2009
Prepare Preferred Options
Consultation on Preferred Options From beg. March to mid
April 2009
Prepare Submission Draft Mid April – end
September 2009
Submission to SoS. Beg. October – mid
Representations on Submitted Draft November 2009
Consideration of representations Mid November 2009 –
Pre-examination meeting – if required end March 2010
Public Examination – if required Beg. April 2010
Estimate of Inspector’s Report From beg. April to mid
Adoption May 2010
End May – beg. June
2010
Beg. July 2010
October 2010
March2011
June 2011
Review Monitoring will be effected annually through
the AMR. The LDF Sites Allocations DPD will
establish some Core Indicators for monitoring
purposes. The Sites Allocations DPD will be
reviewed as and when monitoring indicates it
is necessary.
Other The LDF Sites Allocations DPD will be a
companion document to the LDF Core
Strategy DPD. It will be prepared in
succession to the LDF Core Strategy DPD. It
will be subject to same monitoring regime
and it is likely to be reviewed, altered or
replaced at the same time as the LDF Core
Strategy DPD.

TITLE LDF SUITE OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CONTROL


POLICIES DPD (Provisional Title)
Status Development Plan Document

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Subject, A document which will provide a limited suite of
Role or specific and local development control policies which
Content will be used to guide planning and development
decisions in LB Croydon, that is those policies to be
applied and used which are not already provided by
national policy guidance, the London Plan and other
already adopted DPDs such as the LDF Core Strategy
DPD, the LDF Sites Allocations DPD and the CMC
AAP.
The main theme of the policies will be the specific
local requirements to secure sustainable
development and to create sustainable communities
in LB Croydon.
Geographic Borough wide
al
Coverage
Chain of Must generally conform with the LDF Core Strategy
Conformity DPD, and through it with national planning policy
guidance, the London Plan and the Community
Strategy. In so far as the CMC AAP may precede this
DPD, it will almost certainly take on board the
provisions and allocations of the AAP.
Relationshi It will, with the LDF Core Strategy DPD and the LDF
p with sites Allocations DPD, complete replacement of the
Other UDP.
LDDs and All other LDDs (DPDs and SPDs) will be expected to
UDP conform with it as far as it is relevant to their subject
matter. That is other LDDs should not alter or
conflict with this DPD.
Production Project and Team Lead: Heads of Policy and Strategy
and Urban Design
P&S and UD Resources: 1 – 2 FTE depending upon
stage reached in production
Input from: Planning Control, Traffic, Transport and
Road Safety, Civil Engineering and Environment and
Sustainability Team.
Other Services and Departments of Council; GLA and
TfL; Croydon Business; stakeholders and community
including local business community, local public
service and utility providers
Timetable Project and SA/SEA Scoping March – April 2009
and Key Consultation on Scoping May – June 2009
Milestones Pre-production evidence base assembly June – August 2009
Prepare Issues and Options and draft SA/SEA report – August – end October
On-going engagement 2009
Consultation on Issues and Options
From early November to
Prepare Preferred Options mid December 2009
Mid December 2010 –
Consultation on Preferred Options mid June 2010
Prepare Submission Draft From end June to end
Submission to SoS. July 2010
Representations on Submitted Draft End July – end
December 2010
Consideration of representations Beg. January 2011
From beg. January to
Pre-examination meeting – if required end February 2011
Public Examination – if required December 2010 –
Estimate of Inspector’s Report February 2011
Adoption Mid March 2011
April 2011
July 2011

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January 2012
March 2012
Review Monitoring will be effected annually through the
AMR. The DPD will establish some Core Indicators for
monitoring purposes. The DPD will be reviewed as
and when monitoring indicates it is necessary.
Other The DPD will be a companion document to the LDF
Core Strategy DPD. It will be prepared following the
LDF Core Strategy DPD. It will be subject to same
monitoring regime and it is likely to be reviewed,
altered or replaced at the same time as the Core
Strategy. The DPD will encompass only policies
which are specific to LB Croydon and will not repeat
policies handed down by national planning policy
guidance, the London Plan and other DPDs like the
LDF Core Strategy DPD.

TITLE SOUTH LONDON JOINT WASTE DPD


(Joint Waste Plan DPD)
Status Development Plan Document
Subject, Role or To allocate land for waste management
Content purposes. To set out policies and proposals for
the management of all forms of waste arising.
To ensure that all forms of waste arising within
the area (South London) has proper facilities
available to meet recycling, waste minimisation
and landfill reduction and disposal targets
Geographical Whole of the London Boroughs of Croydon,
Coverage Merton and Sutton and the Royal Borough of
Kingston upon Thames
Chain of Must generally conform with the Core Strategy
Conformity of each Borough (or, where an adopted Core
Strategy does not yet exist, the latest adopted
UDP) and through them with national planning
policy guidance, the latest adopted London
Plan.
Relationship with It will, with the Core Strategy DPD and the Sites
Other LDDs and Allocations DPD, replace of the RUDP for
UDP Croydon. All other LDDs (DPDs and SPDs) will be
expected to conform with it as far as it is
relevant to their subject matter.
The Joint Waste Plan DPD must have regard to
and assist the delivery of the Community
Strategy or Plan for Croydon, Kingston, Merton
and Sutton. It must also have regard to other
strategies and plans of those four authorities,
especially any relating to waste collection and
disposal and the recycling, recovery and reuse
of waste.
Production To be produced by the South London Joint
Waste Plan DPD Group with assistance from
specialist consultants. Joint appointed Project
Manager and Leader. Input from the Planning
Service of each authority amounting to 0.25 –
0.5 FTE (1- 2 FTE in total) plus input from Waste
and Sustainability Services of each authority.

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Timetable and Key Project and SA/SEA Scoping November 2007
Milestones Consultation on Scoping Dec 2007 – January
Pre-production evidence base assembly 2008
Prepare Issues and Options and draft SA/SEA January – June 2008
report – On-going engagement July – early September
Consultation on Issues and Options 2008

Prepare Preferred Options From early September


to mid October 2008
Consultation on Preferred Options End October 2008 –
end August 2009
Prepare Submission Draft From early September
to mid October 2009
Submission to SoS. End October 2009 –
Representations on Submitted Draft end April 2010
Early May 2010
Consideration of representations From early May to mid
Pre-examination meeting – if required June 2010
Public Examination – if required End June – September
Estimate of Inspector’s Report 2010
Adoption September 2010
December 2010
July 2011
September 2011
Review Monitoring will be effected annually through the
AMR. The DPD will establish some Core
Indicators for monitoring purposes. The DPD will
be reviewed as and when monitoring indicates
it is necessary. A major review may be
necessary by 5 years after adoption.
Other There is no statutory provision for a joint
Proposals map and therefore the Proposals map
for each authority will have to be up dated as
and when required.

TITLE LDF PROPOSALS MAP DPD


Status A Special Type of DPD
Subject, Role or To present in a spatial or geographical form all
Content the policies and proposals of adopted DPDs, and
in so far as they remain appropriate, saved
plans and planning documents
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must conform to all adopted DPDs and in so far
Conformity as they remain appropriate, saved plans and
planning documents
Relationship with As indicated above. The LDF Proposals Map will
Other LDDs and be up-dated each time a new DPD is adopted. It
UDP will eventually replace the Proposals Map of the
UDP.
Production Production will be undertaken by those
responsible for DPDs.
Planned Timetable The production timetable will be that for the See previous DPDs
and Key DPDs that have policies and proposals, which
Milestones need to be presented in a spatial or
geographical manner.
Review Revision will occur each time a DPD is adopted.

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Other The LDF Proposals Map will present in a spatial
or geographical manner the policies and
proposals of all adopted DPDs. Whilst those
DPDs are in preparation, their policies and
proposals will be shown in the form of proposals
to change the Proposals Map. Upon adoption of
those DPDs.

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Supplementary Planning Documents

TITLE Standards and Requirements for New


Housing Development
(Provisional Title)
Status Supplementary Planning Document
Subject, Role or To set out a range of standards and
Content requirements for all forms of new housing
development pursuant to policies in the
Croydon Plan e.g. Policies UD2, UD3, UD7,
UD8, H& and H14. Also to provide planning
guidance on a range of other matters relating
to new housing.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must conform to the adopted UDP – Croydon
Conformity Plan and through it national and regional
policy guidance with respect to housing
development.
Relationship with Must be compatible with other existing SPDs
Other LDDs and and SPGs e.g. those for designing for
UDP community safety and providing access for
people with disabilities.
Production Project and Team Lead: Heads of Policy and
Strategy and Urban Design
P&S and UD Resources: 0.5 – 2 FTE depending
upon stage reached in production
Input from;
Planning Control, Traffic, Transport and Road
Safety, Civil Engineering and Environment and
Sustainability Team.
Housing and Environmental Services of the
Council. The
GLA and national bodies concerned with the
development and design of housing.
Stakeholders and community including the
local house building industry, local public
service and utility providers
Planned Timetable Pre-production/evidence base & stakeholder January – June 2008
and Key engagement. From end June to early
Milestones Public consultation on Draft SPD and SA/SEA. August 2008
Mid August –end
Consideration of representations and September 2008
modification of draft. October 2008

Adoption.
Review Monitoring will be undertaken annually
through the AMR. A review will be undertaken
as and when monitoring identifies that it is
necessary or when the relevant policies in the
UDP or LDF change.

TITLE Standards and requirements for


Improving Local Air Quality (Provisional
Title)
Status Supplementary Planning Document
Subject, Role or To set out the standards and requirements for
Content all development and change in the Borough
aimed at improving air quality in the Borough
pursuant to Croydon Plan Policy EP1 and the
Air Quality Action Plan. Also to provide
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guidance to development for other aspects
related to air quality and the control and
prevention of atmospheric pollution.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must conform to the adopted UDP – Croydon
Conformity Plan and through it national and regional
policy guidance with respect to development
and air quality.
Relationship with Must be compatible with other existing SPDs
Other LDDs and and SPGs e.g. those for securing sustainable
UDP development.
Production Lead: Specialist Pollution Team Manager of
Pollution Control Team in Environment,
Cultural and Public Protection Department.
Scientific Officer in the Specialist Pollution
Team – 0.5 -0.75 FTE
P&S and UD Resource input: 0.1 – 0.25 FTE
depending on stage reached in production.
TITLE Standards and requirements for Improving
Local Air Quality (Provisional Title) (Continued)
Planned Timetable Pre-production/evidence base & stakeholder April –November 2008
and Key engagement. From early November to
Milestones Public consultation on Draft SPD and SA/SEA. mid December 2008
End December 2008 –
Consideration of representations and February 2009
modification of draft. March 2009

Adoption.
Review Monitoring will be undertaken annually
through the AMR. A review will be undertaken
as and when monitoring identifies that it is
necessary or when the relevant policies in the
UDP or LDF change.

TITLE Public Realm Design Guide


Status Supplementary Planning Document
Subject, Role or To set out a strategy and to establish
Content standards and requirements for designing and
improving the public realm in the Borough
pursuant to the objectives and policies of the
Croydon Plan aimed at regenerating and
improving the image of the Borough. May
include identifying the obligations to be
placed upon development and change for
contributing to improving the public realm.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must conform to the adopted UDP – Croydon
Conformity Plan and through it national and regional
policy guidance with respect to housing
development.
Relationship with Must be compatible with other existing SPDs
Other LDDs and and SPGs e.g. those for designing for
UDP community safety and providing access for
people with disabilities.
Production Project and Team Lead: Heads of Urban
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Design
P&S and UD Resources: 0.5 – 1 FTE depending
upon stage reached in production
Input from;
Planning Control, Traffic, Transport and Road
Safety, Civil Engineering and Environment and
Sustainability Team.
Housing and Environmental Services of the
Council. Statutory and utility infrastructure
providers. The GLA, TfL and other national and
regional bodies concerned with care of the
public realm.
Stakeholders and community groups with an
interest in care of the public realm.
Planned Timetable Pre-production/evidence base & stakeholder October 2008 – January
and Key engagement. 2009
Milestones Public consultation on Draft SPD and SA/SEA. From early February to
mid March 2009
Consideration of representations and Mid March – mid April
modification of draft. 2009
Adoption. May 2009

Review Monitoring will be undertaken through a


periodic assessment of changes in the public
realm combined with public perception and
image surveys. A review will be undertaken as
and when monitoring identifies that it is
necessary to up-date or alter the strategy or
to replace it with another approach.

TITLE Standards and Requirements for


Providing Outdoor Play and Recreation
Space (Provisional Title)
Status Supplementary Planning Document

Subject, Role or To set out the standards and requirements for


Content providing outdoor play and recreation space
to meet additional needs arising from new
development pursuant to the objectives and
policies of the Croydon Plan including Policy
RO12. Will include identifying the obligations
for providing outdoor space on and off site,
including contributing to the improvement of
existing outdoor space.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
Chain of Must conform to the adopted UDP – Croydon
Conformity Plan and through it national and regional
policy guidance with respect to the provision
and maintenance of outdoor space.
Relationship with Must be compatible with other existing SPDs
Other LDDs and and SPGs e.g. those for designing for
UDP community safety and providing access for
people with disabilities.

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Production Project and Team Lead: Head of Policy and
Strategy
P&S and UD Resources: 0.5 – 1 FTE depending
upon stage reached in production
Input from;
Planning Control, Environment and
Sustainability Team.
Housing, Environmental and Recreation
Services of the Council.
Stakeholders and community groups with an
interest in the care of public outdoor space.
Planned Pre-production/evidence base & stakeholder December 2008 – March
Timetable and engagement. 2009
Key Milestones Public consultation on Draft SPD and SA/SEA. From early April to mid
Consideration of representations and May 2009
modification of draft. End May – August 2009
Adoption. September 2009

Review Monitoring will be undertaken through a


periodic assessment of changes in the
provision of outdoor play and recreation
space. A review will be undertaken as and
when monitoring identifies that it is necessary
to up-date or alter the strategy or to replace it
with another approach.

TITLE Standards and Requirements for Meeting


Housing Needs and Providing Affordable
Housing (Provisional Title)
Status Supplementary Planning Document
Subject, Role or To set out the strategy, standards and
Content requirements for meeting the local need for
housing and the need for affordable housing.
It is intended that this should be pursuant to
the policies and proposals in the Core Strategy
and Site Allocations DPD if these have
progressed to their submission stage by May
2009. If this has not been achieved, the SPD
will be pursuant to the policies of the Croydon
Plan. The SPD will set out housing type, size
and mix requirements for both market and
affordable housing by broad areas of the
Borough.
Geographical Borough wide
Coverage
TITLE Standards and Requirements for Meeting
Housing Needs and Providing Affordable
Housing (Provisional Title) (Continued)
Chain of Must conform to the developing Core Strategy
Conformity and Site allocations DPD, or if these are not at
the submission stage, the adopted UDP –
Croydon Plan and through them national and
regional policy guidance with respect to the
provision of housing and affordable housing.
Relationship with Must be compatible with other existing SPDs
Other LDDs and and SPGs e.g. providing access for people with
UDP disabilities.

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Production Project and Team Lead: Heads of Policy and
Strategy (Planning) and Housing Strategy
P&S and UD Resources: 0.5 – 1 FTE depending
upon stage reached in production.
Housing Service Resources: 0.5 – 1 FTE
depending upon stage reached in production.
Input from;
Planning Control, Environment and
Sustainability Team.
Housing, Environmental and Recreation
Services of the Council. Registered Social
Landlords and the local House Building
Industry. The GLA and other national and
regional bodies with an interest in housing
provision.
Stakeholders and community groups with an
interest in housing provision.
Planned Pre-production/evidence base & stakeholder January – end May 2010
Timetable and engagement. From early June to mid
Key Milestones Public consultation on Draft SPD and SA/SEA. July 2010
Consideration of representations and End July to end August
modification of draft. 2010
Adoption. September 2010

Review Monitoring will be undertaken through a


periodic reassessment of housing needs and
monitoring of provision in the Annual
Monitoring Report. A review will be
undertaken as and when monitoring identifies
it is required.

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APPENDIX 2

LIST OF POTENTIAL FUTURE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS


CURRENTLY NOT PROGRAMMED IN THIS LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

COULSDON TOWN CENTRE AAP


An Action Area Plan (or possibly a SPD) for a major town centre in the Borough, setting out
the particular policies and proposals for an area that may experience considerable change
in the future.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD. Will
replace existing SPG.
Preparation should follow the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD. It is therefore a
medium to low priority.

PURLEY TOWN CENTRE AAP


An Action Area Plan (or possibly a SPD) for a major town centre in the Borough, setting out
the particular policies and proposals for an area which may experience considerable change
in the future.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD. Will
replace existing SPG.
Preparation should follow the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD. It is therefore a
medium to low priority.

NORBURY TOWN CENTRE AAP


An Action Area Plan (or possibly a SPD) for a major town centre in the Borough, setting out
the particular policies and proposals for an area that may experience considerable change
in the future.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD.
Preparation should follow the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD. It is therefore a
medium to low priority.

THORTON HEATH TOWN CENTRE AAP


An Action Area Plan (or possibly a SPD) for a major town centre in the Borough, setting out
the particular policies and proposals for an area that may experience considerable change
in the future.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD.
Preparation should follow the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD. It is therefore a
medium to low priority.

AAP FOR THE URBAN RURAL FRINGE AND METROPOLITAN GREEN BELT
There may be a need to prepare a special plan for the Urban Rural Fringe, including areas of
the Metropolitan Green Belt, which aim to both conserve both its value and special
character and enables and promotes sympathetic, appropriate change.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD and the Site Allocations DPD.
Preparation should follow the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPD. It is therefore a
medium priority.

PROVIDING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Provisional Title) SPD


A supplementary planning document providing planning guidance on the ways and means
of ensuring that all future development and change in undertaken in a most feasible and
sustainable manner. It will include guidance on sustainable construction, water protection
and conservation, water use minimisation, flood prevention and management, recycling and
waste minimisation, energy use minimisation and sustainable energy generation and green
roofs and greening development.
The SPD will extend and therefore conform with the provisions and requirements of the LDF
Core Strategy DPD , the LDF Site Allocations DPD and the Suite of Local Development
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Control Policies DPD, and through them the guidance and requirements set out in national
and regional planning policy statements. Will replace several existing SPGs.
Preparation of the SPD is a medium to high priority. However It really should await both the
production of the aforementioned LDDs and on-going developments in national and regional
planning policy and guidance in these respects.

PROVIDING PUBLIC FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT (Provisional


Title) SPD
A SPD that sets out the Council’s policies and calculations for planning obligations towards
providing new facilities and infrastructure required to address the impact of new
development.
Will need to conform generally to the Core Strategy DPD, the Site Allocations DPD and the
Suite of Local Development Control Policies DPD. Will also need to take account of possible
changes in the legislation and regulations for planning obligations/Section 106 contributions.
Will replace existing Planning Guidance Note.
Although ideally a high priority, the timing of this SPD ought to reflect the above mentioned
considerations.

CONSERVATION AREA STRATEGIES AND PROPOSALS STATEMENTS


The Council has the general target of eventually producing a Conservation Area Strategy
and Proposal Statement for all Conservation areas. BVPI 219 requires a Proposals Statement
to be produced or reviewed for all designated areas within 5 years. Two Strategy and
Proposals Statements for South Norwood and the Webb Estate and Upper Woodcote Village
are programmed. The review of Conservation Area designations will determine which two
areas should be inserted into the LDS programme for future years.

A REGENERATION STRATEGY FOR PORTLAND ROAD, SOUTH NORWOOD SPD


The Local Economic Growth Initiative (LEGI) is likely to give rise to the production of a
Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan for a number of key areas. If, as seems likely, these
Strategies and Action Plans encompass proposals for new development, physical changes
and improvements, the Strategies may need to be produced or reproduced as SPDs.
If the Strategies are to be produced as SPDs they will have to conform generally to the UDP
and/or the LDF.
Producing the Strategies is a high priority and therefore producing SPDs could be a high
priority. However it is not possible to programme these SPDs in the LDS at present until the
scope of the Strategies has been settled.

A REGENERATION STRATEGY FOR LONDON ROAD, BROAD GREEN SPD


The Local Economic Growth Initiative (LEGI) is likely to give rise to the production of a
Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan for a number of key areas. If, as seems likely, these
Strategies and Action Plans encompass proposals for new development, physical changes
and improvements, the Strategies may need to be produced or reproduced as SPDs.
If the Strategies are to be produced as SPDs they will have to conform generally to the UDP
and/or the LDF.
Producing the Strategies is a high priority and therefore producing SPDs could be a high
priority. However it is not possible to programme these SPDs in the LDS at present until the
scope of the Strategies has been settled.

A REGENERATION STRATEGY FOR SOUTH END AND SOUTH CROYDON SPD


The Local Economic Growth Initiative (LEGI) is likely to give rise to the production of a
Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan for a number of key areas. If, as seems likely, these
Strategies and Action Plans encompass proposals for new development, physical changes
and improvements, the Strategies may need to be produced or reproduced as SPDs.
If the Strategies are to be produced as SPDs they will have to conform generally to the UDP
and/or the LDF.

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Producing the Strategies is a high priority and therefore producing SPDs could be a high
priority. However it is not possible to programme these SPDs in the LDS at present until the
scope of the Strategies has been settled.

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APPENDIX 3

LIST OF PLANNING AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND DOCUMENTS WHICH


DO NOT COME WITH THE SCOPE OF THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME AND
WHICH DO NOT NEED TO BE PROGRAMMED
1. Review of Existing and Potential Areas that merit Designation as Conservation Areas. Likely to
be undertaken October 2007 to March 2008
2. Review of the List of Historic Parks and Gardens (and the subject of Policy U10 in the adopted
UDP). Likely to be undertaken March – July 2008
3. Review of Areas that could potentially be identified as Local Open Land (and the subject of
Policy RO11 of the adopted UDP). Likely to be undertaken March to July 2008
4. Production of Conservation Area Statements for Conservation Areas that do not already have
statements or strategies. Programme of approximately two statements per year.

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APPENDIX 4

1. Development Plans which the Council adopted since 2004


2. Supplementary Planning Documents adopted since 2004
3. Development Plan Documents adopted since 2004
4. SPG’s which the Council it will continue to use and have regard to until entirely
superseded by new LDDs.

1. Development Plans

The Replacement Unitary Development Plan – The Croydon Plan. Adopted July 2006.
This can continue to be used in its entirety for taking planning, development and conservation decisions
up to July 2009 unless it is entirely superseded in the intervening period by new LDDs. Use after 2009
will depend upon the Secretary of State granting permission.

At present no part of the RUDP has been superseded by new LDDs. When a new LDD has been
completed and adopted, a new statement for the LDS will be prepared indicating which parts of the
RUDP have been superseded by the new LDD and which parts of the RUDP can continue to be used. All
new SPDs adopted since 2004 are intended to be in general conformity with the RUDP and do not
replace any part of the RUDP.

2. Development Plan Documents adopted since 2004

Croydon’s Statement of Community Involvement in Planning. Adopted July 2007

3. Supplementary Planning Documents adopted since 2004


A number of SPDs have been prepared since 2004 using the new proscribed procedure and processes
for SPDs. These SPDs conform generally to the terms of the Replacement Unitary Development Plan.

Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD (December 2006)


Designing for Community Safety SPD (February 2007)
Local List of Buildings of Architectural, Historical and Landscape Importance SPD (December 2006)
South Norwood Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan SPD (June 2007)
Webb Estate and Upper Norwood Village Conservation Area Appraisal and management Plan (June
2007)

4. SPG’s which the Council will continue to use and have regard to.
All those adopted after the September 2004 date of the Commencement Order were in preparation prior
to that date and were subject to public consultation prior to adoption.

All SPGs listed are in generally conform with the RUDP even if they were prepared prior to adoption of
the RUDP. In the event of non conformity arising on any point, the RUDP will always take precedence.

Supplementary Planning Guidance Notes


Shopfronts & Signs (March 1996)
Lighting (March 1998)
Nature Conservation (December 1997)
Places of Worship (February1999)
Public Art (January 2005)
Shopfront Security (Addenda to Shopfronts
& Signs) (July 2004)
Converting Shops into Homes
(Addenda to Residential Alterations) (October 2004)
Advertisement Hoardings &
Other Advertisements (February 2003)
Landscape Design (March 2004)
Renewable Energy (July 2004)
Air Quality (July 2004)
Drainage (July 2004)
Sustainable Water Usage (July 2004)
Planning Obligations (June 2005)
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Central Croydon/Vision 2020 (March 2002)
Coulsdon Area Regeneration Strategy
and Plan (July 2004)
Purley Town Centre Regeneration Strategy
and Plan (July 2004)
New Addington Centre Regeneration Strategy
and Plan (May 2005)

Development Briefs
Former Cane Hill Hospital Site Development Brief (March 1998)
Croydon Gateway Site Development Brief (January 1998)
Croydon General Hospital Development Brief (September 2002)
Fairfield Halls Development Brief (January 2005)

Conservation Area Proposal and Strategy Statements


Central Croydon (March 1997)
Harold Road (November1997)
Parish Church (December 2005)
Kenley Airfield (January 2006)

Conservation Area Statements


Bradmore Green (July 1968)
The Waldrons (May1973)
Addington Village (July 1973)
Church Road, Upper Norwood (January 1974, 1982 and 1986)
Upper Norwood Triangle (April1989)

Local Areas of Special Character Statements


London Road (Broad Green) (July 1996)
Epsom Road (July 1996)
South End (July 1996)
Church Street (March 1997)
North End (March 1997)
The Norbury Estate (May 1997)
Brighton Road (Purley) (September 1997)
St. Pauls Road (December 1997)
St Helens Road (March 1998)
Birdhurst Road (January 1999)

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APPENDIX 5

RISK ASSESSMENT

Risk Probability Impact Management Action Responsibility


Loss of staff and failure to recruit Very high Significant Divert staff from non-LDF work. Corporate Management,
Delay in programme. Engage consultants. Use Director of P&T and Divisional
Unsound documents produced. Impact temporary staff Director Urban Regeneration.
on performance assessment and PDG
awards.
Underestimate of staff resources Very high Significant Programme plan projects and Director of P&T, Divisional
required Delay in programme. Unsound monitor closely. Take corrective Director Urban Regeneration
documents produced. Impact on action in good time, including and Heads of P&S and Urban
performance assessment and PDG dedicating additional resources. Design.
awards.
Non-availability of necessary Medium Significant Quality check on work. Identify Director of P&T, Divisional
skills for specialist aspects of Unsound documents produced and need for contractors and Director Urban Regeneration
work – both internally and possibly delays in programme. Impact consultants early in projects and Heads of P&S and Urban
externally on performance assessment and PDG and engage as necessary. Design.
awards.
Failure to gain Member and Medium Limited/Confined Integrate members and key Director of P&T, Divisional
Stakeholder consensus on plans Delays to programme whilst consensus stakeholders fully into the Director Urban Regeneration
is secured. Impact on performance process for progressing Heads of P&S and Urban
assessment and PDG awards. projects. Identify and maintain Design
appropriate working networks.
Failure to ensure that there is a Medium Significant Secure full corporate sign-up to Chief Executive,
proper relationship between the Unsound documents produced and assembling the LDF and Corporate Management Team,
LDF and LDDs and the possibly delays in programme. Failure preparing LDDs. Coordinating Director of P&T
Community Strategy and Other to help to deliver the Community and integration of the Divisional Director Urban
Strategies affecting land, Strategy. Impact on performance preparation processes for the Regeneration
property and the environment in assessment and PDG awards. Community Strategy and main Heads of P&S and Urban
the Borough DPDs and use identified Design
working networks to maintain
linkages.
Changes in national and regional Medium Limited/Confined Continuous monitoring of Divisional Director Urban
policies and requirements Delays to programme whilst revisions policies as they develop and Regeneration and Heads of
necessary. Possibility of stages being anticipation of changes in P&S and Urban Design.
repeated. Impact on performance LDDs.
assessment and PDG awards.
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Risk Probability Impact Management Action Responsibility
Unprecedented levels of Medium Limited/Confined Active and early engagement Divisional Director Urban
objection Delays to programme due to with community and heeding of Regeneration and Heads of
lengthening period of treatment. Impact their views. Divert staff from P&S and Urban Design.
on performance assessment and PDG non-LDF work.
awards.
Legal and other challenges Low Minor Rigorous compliance with Corporate Legal Services
Not able to adopt or adoption delayed. regulations and guidance. Take Divisional Director Urban
Impact on performance assessment direction from GoL. Regeneration and Heads of
and PDG awards. P&S and Urban Design.
PINS unable to resource Medium Significant Maintain close liaison with Divisional Director Urban
examinations as per timetable Delay to programme. Impact on PINS. Agree with PINS before Regeneration and Heads of
performance assessment and PDG adoption. P&S and Urban Regeneration
awards.

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APPENDIX 6

GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Not already explained in main part of the LDS

Adoption: The stage at which the Local Planning Authority deems a LDD is complete and can be used
for taking planning decisions. The stage at which a LDD formally and finally supersedes its predecessor
as representing Council policy and proposals.

Independent Examination/Public Inquiry: All DPD’s or UDP’s are subject to independent examination
by the Planning Inspectorate. This usually takes the form of formal hearing, presided over by an
Inspector or Panel of Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State to consider the ’soundness of the
plan’ i.e. the robustness of the policies and proposals contained in the local authority DPD, UDP or other
Local Development Document (LDD). Persons who have made a response on the LDD at the deposit
stage have the same right, as under the existing UDP process, if they so wish, to present their case at
the Independent Examination.

Inspectors Report: A report issued by the Inspector or Panel who conducted the Independent
Examination/Public Inquiry, setting out their conclusions on the matters raised and detailing amendments
which they require the local Planning Authority to make to the deposit version of the LDD. The Inspector’s
Report is binding On the Local Planning Authority.

London Plan: This is the Spatial Development Strategy for London adopted in February 2004 and
prepared by the Mayor of London Office. Although it has been produced to provide a strategic framework
for the Borough’s LDF, it serves the same purpose for outgoing UDP’s (as in Croydon’s case). It also has
the status of a development plan under the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act.

Planning Inspectorate (PINS) The Planning Inspectorate supply the independent inspectors and panel
members who undertake examinations of plans/LDDs and inquiries into planning appeals. PINS needs to
agree a LDS programme because it may need to schedule the supply of inspectors to undertake
examination of LDDs.

Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS): Prepared by the Regional Planning Bodies, The RSS will set out the
policies in relation to the development and use of land in the region. In London, the London Plan (the
Regional Development Framework for London) is the equivalent of the RSS. These documents will be
statutory under the new planning regime. The LDF is required to generally conform to this strategy.

Saved Policies: Policies and proposals that were either in a Development Plan adopted before the
commencement of the Act or in a Development Plan adopted since commencement under the
transitional arrangements that have:
- not yet been superseded by policies and proposals in a new LDD; and
- will continue to be used by the local planning authority until superseded by a new LDD.
For Croydon, the only source of saved policies is now the Replacement Unitary Development Plan – The
Croydon Plan, which was completed and adopted under the transitional arrangements in July 2006.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): An assessment of the environmental impacts of the


policies and proposals contained within the LDF. The European ‘SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) requires a
formal ‘environmental assessment’ of certain plans and programmes, including those relating to planning
and land use issues.

Sustainability Appraisal (SA): A process combined with the SEA to examine the impact of policy and
proposals and their assessment in terms of ensuring they result or lead towards achieving sustainable
development.

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