At the public meeting on regenerating the town centre, an absolutely core plank of what I was talking about was the Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) for Croydon Town Centre.
A draft of this has now been released by Croydon Council and Boris Johnson for consultation and I very much encourage you to respond - if we get the planning policy for the town centre right, it is much less likely that we will have a repeat of the Menta planning application where the Council approved a scheme that many local residents objected to.
The OAPF sets out planning, regeneration and design guidance for the opportunity area as identified in the Mayor’s London Plan.
The central objectives of the draft OAPF are to:
• Build on the Croydon Opportunity Area’s Metropolitan status
• Provide 7,300 homes for 17,000 residents
• Renew and grow the retail core
• Revive the town centre high streets
• Focus high quality commercial space around New Town and East Croydon
• Deliver new and improved streets, amenity spaces and buildings
• Supplement planning policy outlined in the London Plan and London Borough of Croydon’s submitted Core Strategy.
The Council are seeking your views on the draft OAPF. All comments will be reviewed and taken into account as part of finalising the OAPF for adoption in late 2012.
Consultation started on 30 July and runs for a 10 week period until 8 October 2012.
Your views on it should be submitted within this period to Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or in writing addressed to London Borough of Croydon, Taberner House, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 3JS.
The documents are available for inspection in one of the following ways:
- on the Council’s website at http://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/croydons-planning-policy-framework/oapf-consultation
- at Access Croydon in Taberner House, Park Lane ,Croydon, between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m – Monday to Friday.
- At the Borough’s central and branch libraries during normal opening hours - see www.croydon.gov.uk/libraries/croydon
- Paper copies and alternative formats are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org or call Spatial Planning on 020 8407 1385.
If you have any questions or need further information regarding the draft OAPF, please email LDF@croydon.gov.uk or Michael.email@example.com or call the Spatial Planning department on 020 84071385.