Appendix 10: Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe (CCW) Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring

 

Objective Description Indicator Source Comments on Progress
Objective 1 To define and protect neighbourhood character areas and promote development within them that respects their integrity. Average density per annum of housing within the Neighbourhood Plan area TDC Monitoring

The average density per annum of housing permitted within the Neighbourhood Plan area for the monitoring year 2021/22 is 86 dph. A breakdown for each ward is as follows:

·       Chaldon – average 13 dph

·       Harestone – average 16 dph

·       Portley – average 18 dph

·       Queens Park – average 33 dph

·       Valley – average 133 dph

·       Westway – average 45 dph

·       Whyteleafe – average 187 dph

As shown above, there are significant averages presented for the wards of Valley and Whyteleafe. This is due to a number of applications permitted for a change of use of commercial space to residential flats in these areas, during this monitoring year. It is also worth noting that there were a number of applications specifically for 70-72 London and Thames House, Second Floor, Croydon Road, Caterham that were permitted. Two of which are duplications and as such, this shows a spike in the overall average for the ward of Valley. This will be closely monitored in future monitoring years.

Net number of permissions granted for new housing on designated Character Areas (where designated) TDC Monitoring

The net number of permissions granted for new housing (net) on each designated Character Areas (where designated), for the monitoring year 2021/22 is as follows:

Character Areas

·       CA1 (Rural Fringe): 1

o   Wards affected – Chaldon (1)

·       CA2 (Queens Park): 0

·       CA3 (West: Caterham-on-the-Hill): 24

o   Wards affected – Queens Park (4) and Westway (20)

·       CA4 (East: Caterham-on-the-Hill): 42

o   Wards affected – Portley (42)

·       CA5 (Whyteleafe valley side): 55

o   Wards affected – Portley (55)

·       CA6 (Whyteleafe and Caterham valley bottom): 64

o   Wards affected – Valley (18) and Whyteleafe (46)

·       CA7 (Wooded Caterham Valley): 17

o   Wards affected – Harestone (13) and Queens Park (4)

Neighbourhood Character Areas

·       A (Whyteleafe Centre): 27

o   Wards affected – Whyteleafe (27)

·       B (Whyteleafe Semi-rural): 0

·       C (Salmons Lane Green): 0

·       D (Caterham Hill Centre): 0

·       E (Queens Park and the two churches): 0

·       F (Caterham Valley Centre): 0

·       G (Dome Hill, War Coppice and Caterham School): 0

Review of Heritage Buildings List Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Surrey County Council’s Historic and Environment Planning Team are working towards producing an updated local heritage asset list for Tandridge which will replace the existing local list (known as Buildings of Character). Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe are rather under-represented on the existing list but there have been around 25 nominations (mainly for Caterham) that should increase this.

It is anticipated that a draft list will be provided in Summer 2022, after which TDC will carry out a consultation exercise and ultimately take the revised list forward for adoption.

Further updates of this process will be provided as part of the next monitoring year review.

Objective 2 To support sustainable housing development with a range of design and size that will provide for the whole community, primarily located on brownfield sites. Number, type and size of houses built each year in the Neighbourhood Plan area, including affordable housing TDC Monitoring

The net number of homes, types and size of homes completed in the Neighbourhood Plan area (including affordable housing), for the monitoring year 2021/22 is as follows:

·       Net number of homes completed: 47

·       Of which affordable: 0

·       Type: 2 houses, 45 flats

·       Number of bedrooms: 21 x 1-bed, 22 x 2-bed, 3 x 3-bed and 1 x 4+ bed.

Percentage of housing build each year in the Neighbourhood Plan area on brownfield land TDC Monitoring The percentage of housing completed in the Neighbourhood Plan area on brownfield land, for the monitoring year 2021/22 is 100%.
Objective 3 To preserve and enhance green spaces and corridors, keeping them accessible, while improving biodiversity and the protection of endangered species. Net gains of new build development on designated Local Green Spaces in the Neighbourhood Plan area TDC Monitoring The net gains of development on designated Local Green Spaces in the Neighbourhood Plan area, for the monitoring year 2021/22, is as follows: 0 net gains of new build development.
Net number of permissions granted for new housing on Green Belt land TDC Monitoring

The net number of permissions granted for new housing on Green Belt land, for the monitoring year 2021/22 is 56 net new units. The details of which are below:

·       2021/339 Land adjoining Oakhurst, Church Lane, Chaldon – Certificate of lawfulness to confirm the lawful start of planning application CAT/3333 for 1 unit.

·       2015/1746 Rca Kenley Aerodrome, Whyteleafe Hill, Whyteleafe – Partial demolition and restoration works accumulating to a total of 55 net new units.

Objective 4 To encourage the development of infrastructure and services which will support existing and new development: including a range of community, leisure, cultural and educational facilities in locations that are accessible to the local population. Annual review of changes in infrastructure provision within the Neighbourhood Plan area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group using information from Utilities, Education, Health and Highways providers

During the monitoring year the annually updated Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) was published for Tandridge on the Council website. The statement sets out where the CIL receipts have been spent and committed. For the neighbourhood plan area, this includes:

·       Whyteleafe Surgery improvements – awarded £502,000 in CIL subject to terms.

In addition to this, a new CIL bid application process was formulated and agreed by Strategy and Resources Committee. Below are the future projects within the neighbourhood plan area, agreed by the committee in December 2021:

·       Croydon Road, Caterham regeneration – awarded £950,000 in CIL subject to terms. Estimated timescale 2022-2024.

In June 2022, the latest CIL Parish Spending Form for 2021/22 was released. Details for the CIL expenditure for each parish during the year are set out below:

Caterham on the Hill Parish

·       Project 1: Memorial bench – £966

·       Project 2: Drainage clearance – £1,445

·       Project 3: Winter maintenance (grit bins and salt) – £1,360

·       Total CIL Retained = £39,201.69

Caterham Valley

·       Project 1: Pedestrian crossing on Godstone Road (feasibility study and design works) – £5,000

·       Total CIL Retained = £120,305.84

Chaldon

·       Project 1: Noticeboard (near St Peter and St Pauls Church) – £1,481.22

·       Project 2: Defibrillator (near St Peter and St Pauls Church) – £1,639.99

·       Project 3: Drainage clearance – £910

·       Total CIL Retained = £3,165.27

Whyteleafe

·       Project 1: Community Christmas Tree – £1,275

·       Project 2: Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) via Surrey County Council – £2,500

·       Total CIL Retained = £59,783.71

Gains/losses in community services floorspace in the Neighbourhood Plan area TDC Monitoring There had been 0 completions of gains/losses in community services floorspace in the Neighbourhood Plan area, for the monitoring year 2021/22.
Objective 5 To help promote reliable and regular public transport that serves all areas of the community. Metrics of bus and rail service provision and use Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group using information from bus and rail service providers

During the monitoring year, the main factor influencing public transport in the Neighbourhood Plan Area was the ongoing pandemic and the ability for people to work from home. Use of train services reduced by some 90% at its extreme.

Usage of local services have now increased to between 65-80%. There will be no increase in service levels at present, although passenger numbers will be monitored. East Surrey Transport Committee will continue to lobby for improvements on these lines.

During the year, the GTR Passenger Benefit Fund provided a number of improvements to station facilities in the area. At a later date the cover ramp at Caterham was refurbished.

East Surrey Transport Committee put forward a case for “Access for All” funding for Upper Warlingham to be made step free. GTR have agreed to support this and have submitted Upper Warlingham to the DfT.

TfL announced in 2021 that it would make a number of changes to bus routes in Sutton and Croydon. This would impact bus routes in Caterham and Whyteleafe that run into Croydon. At present, due to ongoing negotiations on funding between TfL and the Government these changes have been put on hold.

On local bus routes, operated by Metrobus and Southdown, these were hit quite hard by reductions in passengers due to the pandemic. As a result, Southdown reviewed their services in Caterham and Warlingham. This resulted in the withdrawal of routes and reduces services. However, other services on particular routes were also increased and a Sunday service was introduced between Caterham and Warlingham via Whyteleafe.

Objective 6 To promote quality employment through the encouragement of flexible business, retail and service centres, including the provision of attractive public spaces. Annual review of business health, vacancies in offices and shops BID survey

The Council publishes a Town and Local Centre Review on an annual basis which records the performances of the Districts town and local centres. The latest Town and Local Centre Review 2021 is published on the Council’s website here. This includes the performance of Caterham Valley Town Centre, Caterham on the Hill Local Centre and Whyteleafe Local Centre.

The report concludes on the performance of each of the centres and indicate a relatively stable condition in comparison to previous years. Vacancies have slightly improved and footfall records (number of visitors to the retail centre) remain high. Initiatives such as the business hub at Quadrant House and improvements to Croydon Road has helped and will continue to help improve the centres’ vitality and viability.

Changes in retail and employment floorspace in the Neighbourhood Plan area TDC Monitoring

There has been an overall net loss of 2558 sqm in retail and employment floorspace that was completed for the monitoring year 2021/22 in the Neighbourhood Plan area. This is largely due to the completion of Maybrook House offices which was converted into 20 residential flats.

Those units lost due to permitted development rights are detailed below:

·       2019/967/NC 46 Westway, Caterham – Use Class A1 to C3 (2 units)

·       2020/931/NC 3 Mount Pleasant Road, Caterham – Use Class B1 to C3 (1 unit)

·       2019/2162/NC 31b Banstead Road, Caterham – Use Class A1 to C3 (2 units)

·       2020/1192/NC 52 to 54 Godstone Road, Whyteleafe – Use Class B1 to C3 (5 units)

·       2020/2296/NC – Use Class A1 to C3 (3 units)

General Crime within the Neighbourhood Plan area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group using Police statistics

Crime rates within the Neighbourhood Plan area are recorded as part of the Council’s most recent Town and Local Centre Review, published here.

Overall, the report recognises that within the town and local centres of the Neighbourhood Plan area, there has been slight rise in anti-social behaviour recorded using Police statistics. There is however, areas where other types of crime have decreased such as, vehicle crime, criminal damage public order.

 

APPENDIX A – NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN POLICY IMPLEMENTATION -LAST UPDATE 27-05-21

DATE OF APPLICATION APPLICATION DETAIL PARISH DECISION DATE OUTCOME COMMENTS
09-11-20

2020/2015, Torwood Farm, Torwood Lane, CR3 0HD

 

 

Multiple Applications to build two detached houses in the Green Belt. Whyteleafe 27-01-21 Appeal with inspector. TBC SG Chair quoted relevant NP policies and design guidelines.
25-07-19 2019/1368 62-68 Banstead Road Demolition of 4 houses. To be replaced by 27 Flats and 2 times 4 Bed Houses. Caterham Hill 04-05-21 Appeal Refused

Character and appearance plus significant weight given to LGS designation.

 

05/21

11-11-20 2020/2041 De Stafford School-7 Executive Houses on Green Belt Land. Application due at TDC Planning Committee Caterham Hill TBC TBC PC and SG have written objection based on NP policies
23-01-19

2019/145

Church Walk redevelopment

Application withdrawn Caterham Valley N/A NFA ¾ reasons for refusal referred to NP policies.
11-08-20

2020/1434

Edgehill

Application refused at Committee Whyteleafe 05-03-21 TBC-Appeal?

NP mentioned in reasons for refusal-CCW 4.

 

02-09-20

2020/1579

Former Rose and Young Site.

Enlargement of proposed building to accommodate sprinkler system

Application approved. Caterham Valley 17-05-21 NFA Chair of SG wrote to  Planning Committee indicating impact of the enlarged building on surrounding views.

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