Why the Delay in the BMX Track?

It was indicated to the Friends of Norbury Park last year that works to build the BMX track in the Park would start in January. This has not happened.

The Love Norbury Joint Planning Committee pointed out the Council that it had not yet satisfied the planners about the conditions placed on the planning approval in the notice of decision dated 14 July 2016

Condition 2.   ‘ No development shall take place until full details of both hard and soft landscape works have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Such details shall include existing planting to be retained, species and size of proposed new planting, hard landscaping materials (which shall be permeable as appropriate), and all boundary treatment within and around the development. The approved details shall be provided before any part of the development is occupied or within such longer period or periods as the local planning authority may previously agree in writing. All planting shall be maintained for a period of five years from the date of planting; any planting which dies or is severely damaged or becomes seriously diseased or is removed within that period shall be replaced by planting of similar size and species to that originally provided. Reason: To enhance the appearance of the development, protect the visual amenities of the locality, and to ensure that the new planting becomes established in accordance with Policies UD1, UD2, UD6, UD13 and UD14 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (The Croydon Plan) 2006 Saved Policies 3. No floodlights shall be provided to the development’

Condition 6. ‘Notwithstanding anything contained in Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (or any amendment or replacement thereof), prior to the commencement of any building or engineering operations, a Construction Method Statement / Logistics Plan shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval. The Statement shall include the following information for all phases of the development, which shall only be implemented as approved:- (1) hours of construction, (2) hours of deliveries, (3) parking of vehicles associated with deliveries, site personnel, operatives and visitors, (4) facilities for the loading and unloading of plant and materials, (5) details of the storage facilities for any plant and materials, (6) the siting of any site huts and other temporary structures, including site hoardings, (7) details of the proposed security arrangements for the site, (8) details of the precautions to guard against the deposit of mud and substances on the public highway, to include washing facilities by which vehicles will have their wheels, chassis and bodywork effectively cleaned and washed free of mud and similar substances prior to entering the highway (9) details outlining the proposed range of dust control methods and noise mitigation measures during the course of construction of the development, having regard to Croydon Councils ‘Code of Practice on Control of Pollution and Noise from Construction sites’, BS 5228, Section 61 consent under the Control of Pollution Act 1974, and the ‘London Best Practice Guidance to Control Dust and Emissions from Construction and Demolition’..

Tim Naylor, the Council’s Head of Regeneration and Partnership replied (24 February) as follows:

As part of the planning consent there was a requirement for us to carry out an ecological survey to establish the presence of any protected species on the site.  We decided to wait for the result of the survey prior to commissioning the additional work to discharge the conditions below.  Council officers have spoken to the ecologist this week, the survey has been carried out and is just going through internal approval process, it should be with us next week.  The ecologist has informally stated that the site doesn’t support any protected species therefore they are not recommending further surveys to be carried out, however we shall await their report for definitive confirmation.  Following that, we shall be progressing the relevant information to submit to the Planning Authority to discharge the conditions for approval.  I am not certain of the timeframe for this work but shall let you know when I have a draft programme.’

As soon as the discharge of conditions application is submitted the Joint Planning Committee  will work with the Friends of Norbury Park to assess whether it they are being met.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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