Most Thornton residents will have noticed the new development going on at Clapham Park – new and refurbished residential buildings as well as the new shop on Kings Avenue. The regeneration project is about to start a new phase with more homes, a new park, a re-provided Maytree nursery school and eventually a new primary school. Catherine Illingworth, the programme director at Metropolitan Clapham Park and responsible for the redevelopment, will be telling residents – both those on the estate itself and anyone else in the area who is interested – about this next phase of the development at a meeting next Thursday, 30th January at the Community Resource Centre on Headlam Road (off King’s Avenue opposite Sainsbury’s) starting at 7 pm. And she will be answering all your questions! Do come along if you want to find out more about what is happening in the area.
The council has been busy revising its planning policies and has recently published a draft of a new Local Plan which will be examined by a Government Planning Inspector later this year. The Plan will determine how the council makes planning decisions in the future on major development schemes like Clapham Park but also on minor developments such as extensions to houses and flats. There is still time to comment on it – as long as you do this before 3rd February. You can see the Plan and how to comment by clicking here
If you would like to discuss the Plan, please contact one of your local ward councillors, Diana Morris. Diana in her role as Chair of the Planning Applications Committee has been involved in drawing up the polices in the Plan and could help you to find your way through the Plan to see how it deals with the issues you may be interested in.
All three local councillors, Lib, Ed and Diana, have been listening to Thornton residents’ views about how the existing planning policies and guidance affect the way in which they can adapt their homes to meet their changing household needs. In early December, councillors organised a public meeting to discuss these issues as they affect the Hyde Farm Area including the Conservation Area. Councillors will be writing soon to the residents who attended that meeting, or who have otherwise expressed an interest, to let them know how they intend to take these matters forward. Do contact any of the councillors if you would like to hear more about this issue.