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Welcome and introductions
Approval of minutes of 28 July 2021 meeting and matters arising
Invited speakers: CouncillorsUpdate from Sustainability Officer (Helen John)
Update from Social Media officer (Peter Struik)
Update from Events Officer (Kerrie Peek)
2002 Jubilee celebrations
Planning update and recent proposals for the town centre
Budget and finances
General Meeting Dates for 2022: 26 January, 30 March, 25 May, 20 July, 28 September, 30 November
Although legal restrictions have been lifted on meeting inside in person, for the remainder of 2021, the meeting will continue to be held as a video-conference via Microsoft Teams, using the links above. There is an alternative dial-in by telephone conference number, also above. The meeting in September 2021 was not quorate so the minutes to be reviewed are those from July 2021.
HELENA HOUSE – PLANNING APPEAL FOR 8 STOREY BUILDING GRANTED
The developer’s appeal against the refusal of its 8-storey proposal (originally a 9-storey proposal) for 41 flats has been decided by the Planning Inspectorate in the developer’s favour, contrary to local planning policy, which limits building heights to 6 storeys. Details of the development are available from the Sutton planning portal here.The new building will also be much deeper, extending out to include all of the area next to the high street, which is currently used as parking. The elevation as seen from the High St is in colour, below:
RE-CLADDING OF ASPECTS HOUSE
A planning application has been approved to re-clad Aspect House, 1 Throwley Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4FE (the existing tall building at the top of Throwley Way) in non-combustible materials. The Landlord has approval to replace the external insulation and render, remove the balustrades, replace the timber decking and canopy soffits to level 16 and replace the ground floor entrance tiles. It will also change colour from pink and white to grey and white.
BID FOR SUTTON-BELMONT TRAIN LOOP UNSUCCESSFUL
Sutton submitted a bid for £32 million of “levelling up” funds to reinstate a rail line between Sutton and Belmont and rebuild the 1.5 km Belmont Loop Line to serve the new Cancer Hub and the new Sutton Hospital. The aim was to increase the number of services from two trains per hour to four to six per hour, and create a direct service from Belmont to Victoria. Unfortunately, the bid failed to make the final list published on 27 October 2021 by the newly re-named “Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities” .
BEECH TREE PLACE £1.8M FUNDING GRANTED
There has however been a successful bid for £1.8 million towards the regeneration of Beech Tree Place (the small estate on St Nicholas Way next to St Nicholas church). Beech Tree Place was built in the mid-1950s and is housing designated for people over the age of 55. The estate first became an allocated site in 2012 under the Local Development Framework and was again allocated in 2016 under the Sutton Local Plan (2016 – 2031) as site STC11 for mixed town centre uses, including an indicative increase of 64 additional homes. There was a virtual pre-planning consultation on 4 October 2021 and a planning application is due to be made this month (although it has not yet been submitted). The most significant change is the inclusion of new street trees on the eastern side of St Nicholas Way.
SUTTON’S ENVIRONMENT CHAMPIONS SCHEME
Sutton has launched its Environment Champions Scheme with a launch event happening on 25 November 2021. Helen will be attending to represent the Civic Society, but all are welcome to register and attend. Residents who want to join the group should complete this form, or to find out more email email@example.com.
NATIONAL TREE WEEK
It’s National Tree Week between 27 November 2021 and 5 December 2021 – and tree-planting season is well underway. There is a winter tree ID walk at Beddington Park 2 – 3.30pm on Saturday 27 Nov 2021, but booking is required – contact firstname.lastname@example.org.