Part of OGRES remit is to monitor planning applications submitted to the council that affect our area. In some cases these applications would have a detrimental affect on our community and OGRES will work with the local residents to raise these issues with the council. If you are aware of, or have any concerns about planning applications affecting your neighbourhood, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee who would be pleased to help. We are also taking an active part in the London Borough of Sutton Core Planning Strategy consultation process, so if you want to have a say in the future direction of planning in Sutton you should join our group.
The London Borough of Sutton planning web site can be found here

Sutton 2031 Borough Plan is being consulted on and residents are being asked what they value about living in the borough of Sutton with the objective of preserving these aspects of the area. For example high rise buildings will be limited to town centres as residents value the suburban aspects of the area. The Council has a website explaining the Plan and how to respond. The website is found by Googling "Sutton Borough Plan" or follow this link

Mayor of London’s Plan

The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published his draft London Plan which proposes to deliver thousands of new houses. That ambition is great, we all know that more affordable housing is needed in London, but the way he wants to do it is not, as he expects outer London boroughs like Sutton to deliver most of this housing. This could mean turning suburbs into intensively developed estates. See the plan, which is open for consultation for more information, here:

The plan proposes that Sutton more than doubles its number of planned new homes from 427 to 939 per annum, and in order to deliver this level of housing, back garden developments and infilling should be allowed. Should this plan go ahead it would mean an urbanisation of our borough, with Wallington South, and our status as an Area of Special Local Character, it seems, being particularly at risk. Regular readers will know that there have been a number of proposals for squeezing blocks of flats onto back gardens and in residential streets which have been sucessfully challenged.

The OGRES committee has worked with residents in Boundary Road to object to a proposal to replace a large family home with a block of flats. We also worked with Onslow Gardens residents to appose an infill plan to replace a garage with a four bedroom house. To find out about planning applications go to Sutton Council’s website

However, the London Mayor’s plan would give these types of applications the go-ahead. So, if you are concerned, we are calling on all residents to voice their objections, and to do so by the 2 March 2018, after which the consultation closes.

What do you need to do? Go to: where you can then register. You are than able to comment on each or any page of the document. The one we need to object to is under Housing – small sites.

Our draft objection can be found on this London Plan Objection document.

Planning Applications 

31 Onslow Gardens has again opened an application to replace a garage with a home,

Objections can be made by browsing to the following link: , search for DM2019/00833, select Comments tab and follow the instructions.

The re-development of the BP site (next to Hotrocks on Stafford Road) - The plans are agreed for flats and retail units, building work is underway.

The re-development of the Wallington Public Hall Site - Draft site plans have been seen by the OGRES committee, and we await submission of the final versions for consultation.

The Plans for redevelopment of Lidle supermarket - The plans have been shelved, we understand pending the appointment of a new Lidle Managing Director.

The re-development of Wallington Square - As can be seen this is now underway and is progressing relatively quickly.

Keep and eye open - If you notice building work being undertaken on property in our area and are concerned about its impact on the locality you can contact the Council's web site and find out if the development has planning permission or contact the Chairman or Secretary and they will make the necessary enquiry.

If you would like to have an active role in the development of our neighbourhood please get in touch with us.

Council Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings run by the Council that discuss planning and other issues affecting our area.

Members of the committee attend the:

• The Wallington Forum and the Beddington and Wallington Area Committee have merged to form the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee which aims to increase the involvement of the local community in local decisions. They will discusses planning matters and also cover a range of other issues from traffic to refuse collection as well as a say in how money is spent locally. 

• Wallington South Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel which meets quarterly to help to prioritise the initiatives that the local SNT undertake.

Details of council minutes are here.

Tom Brake our local MP aslo holds regular Surgeries and if you would like to make an appointment contact him through his website at or telephone - 0208 255 8155        

OGRES - The Onlslow Gardens Residents Association

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