The boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton have launched a six-week consultation period giving residents an opportunity to comment on the suitability of eight sites for waste management purposes.
These eight sites are ‘additional sites’ that were put forward by residents, land owners and waste operators during a previous stage of consultation which took place between July and October 2009.
The suitability of these eight additional sites has been assessed using a set of robust criteria that takes into consideration issues such as flood risk, traffic impacts and visual intrusion and gives a score to each site. All eight sites scored relatively poorly, when compared with the 28 sites that were shortlisted in the previous stage of the consultation in 2009. This indicates that, from a planning perspective, there would be obstacles to them being used for waste management purposes.
Residents and other interested parties are now being asked for their views on the assessments of these eight sites and their suitability for waste management purposes.
The sites under consideration are:
Land west of Hawkhurst Road, Croydon
Open area of land adjacent to Chessington Garden Centre, Kingston
Land to the south of Silverglade Business Park, Kingston
Land at the Hogsmill Valley, Kingston
Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Merton
Former gravel extraction works sites (the old Cemex site), Beddington Farmlands, Sutton
Wandle Valley Trading Estate, Hackbridge, Sutton
Land to the north of Jessop’s Way, Beddington, Sutton
Merton Council cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: “Whilst the sites have scored relatively poorly against the assessment criteria, there are, nonetheless, land owners and waste operators who feel that some of these sites have potential. So it is important that we seek the views of residents and other interested parties to make sure that we have investigated all of the options fully – just like we did with the sites that scored poorly in the previous consultation stage. It is critically important that the South London Waste Plan is robust and reflects the views of local people, so we do not want to leave a stone unturned.”
The consultation will run from 8 February until 22 March. Questionnaires and consultation materials are available online at:
Alternatively, the consultation documents are available in libraries, council main receptions or by contacting Emma Smyth, Waste Planning Project Manager:
Tel: 020 8547 5375
To accommodate this extra phase of consultation, the final version of the South London Waste Plan is now due to be published in the autumn of 2010. It will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent planning inspector.