And it will be Bonkers in Beddington Lane

“Bonkers” describes the outcome of the Planning Committee on the application by Prologis to build a warehouse in front of the incinerator.

No problem with the design, the concept but rather the usage proposed because it will deliver more HGV and LGV traffic onto Beddington Lane.  As we have already identified, another huge application will shortly be up for consideration with SUEZ looking to transfer their operations from the ecological disaster area they have left in Mitcham over to Beddington Lane.

Croydon Council have already tabled their concerns on that application, concerns that had been placed on the planning portal for the Prologis application.

And the GLA had tabled their own concerns and the permission is subject to their ratification.

A little background to this application – Thames Water owned the land that was designated Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). Well known property agency Saviles lobbied the Planning Inspectorate to re-designate the land for industrial use and this was incorporated in the Local Plan.  The only Councillor involved with that process was the Lead Member for Planning, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council.

We were approached by Prologis immediately on our election in May 2018 but declined to get involved as we had concerns over the project and did not want to influence any subsequent planning application.

At the Planning Committee last week, when the applicant was given opportunity to speak a number of people stepped up – Prologis representatives including a Director, their Transport Consultant and a representative of their agency – Saviles!

During their speeches, the Director of Prologis emphasised that they had not had any part in the re-designation of the site which I questioned saying that my understanding was that Saviles had lobbied the Planning Inspectorate. After a moment’s embarrassed silence, the young lady from Saviles said “That wasn’t us, if was another branch acting for Thames Water.” I observed that it must have been “the other Saviles”.

In spite of the flawed traffic plan, the concerns of the London Borough of Croydon and the impassioned objections of Cllr Mattey the plan was approved with the majority Lib Dem representation on the Committee all voting in favour.

My concern over this over-rides the obvious – it is the number of people impacted who live and work in this Borough who use Beddington Lane and who understand its inadequacy of a thoroughfare.

And if that wasn’t enough – a letter was issued this week by Highways – you will recall the promise to put a 7.5 tonne limit on Hillyers Lane/ Beddington Lane through Beddington Village – go on, you remember the removal of the traffic light controlled crossings, the new road markings etc?  Well it is still “in consultation” as the letter shows.

It is my intention to voice my ongoing concerns about the planning to the GLA but please, if you live in the area, use Beddington Lane or are just concerned for the health and welfare of those who live and work in the surrounding area, make your concerns heard on the application for the SUEZ development – application DM2018/01865:


Some Progress on Beddington Farmlands

Since our election last year, Cllr Green and myself have been pushing for information and progress on the Conservation and Access Management Committee (CAMC).

The CAMC was established to have oversight of the restoration of the landfill site at Beddington and its formation was a Planning Condition for the incinerator.

After some tough meetings with LBS Planning as well as correspondence with Viridor Managing Director, Phil Piddington, yesterday saw an “extraordinary meeting of the CAMC” with Dan Cook, Group Head of Sustainability for Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, in the Chair.

Pleased to say that we put the position forward very clearly and, as Councillors, we were looking to future access and development of the Farmlands as an asset and emphasising that a level of trust had been lost and needs to be restored – most demonstrably by progress.

A road map to help measure that progress was put in front of us:

Beddington Farmlands Restoration Roadmap

We then went on a brief tour of the site and saw the new bird hides under construction that will be accessible when the Permissive Path becomes useable when SDEN’s builders finish.

Bird Hides on Beddington Farmlands

Just a note on that Permissive Path – a question was asked at Local Committee on Tuesday evening about cycle use and we are pleased to confirm that it is being adapted for exactly that use!

The next meeting for the CAMC has been set for June 13th and we will publish timely minutes of all future meetings together with action points.