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.
The London Borough of Sutton planning web site can be found here
You may be interested in a Sutton Planning Policy Presentaion given by Cllr Jayne McCoy at the 2018 AGM OGRES Planning 11 July 2018
Mayor of London’s Plan
The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published his draft new 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: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan
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 successfully challenged.
31 Onslow Gardens has successfully applied to replace a garage with a house.
The re-development of the Wallington Public Hall Site – Draft site plans have been seen by the OGRES committee, planning has been agreed and we development has started.
The re-development of Wallington Square – As can be seen this is now underway and is progressing relatively quickly, awaiting new retail units.
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 via its 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.
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:
• 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 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.
Tom Brake our local MP also holds regular Surgeries and if you would like to make an appointment contact him through his website at www.tombrake.co.uk or telephone – 0208 255 8155