This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 28/09/2018.
Setback in bid to build new road to Croydon’s Ikea
The new road would make it easier to get to the shops and restaurants at Valley Retail Park.
Plans for a new road into Valley Retail Park do not comply with the London Plan, according to Sadiq Khan’s office.
On September 17 the Mayor of London issued a report on the proposal to make a new route to the retail park on the site of the former Stewart Plastics factory.
The factory, which was built in the 1950s, has been empty since 2012.
The proposed road would create direct access to the retail park, which is home to Ikea, a Vue cinema, and shops including Boots and Next, from Waddon Marsh Way.
Plans were submitted on behalf of Maizelands Limited and Arringford Limited, an Aberdeen Standard Investment (ASI) fund in July.
The proposed Link Road would stretch between Hesterman Way and Waddon Marsh Way and would provide another route for drivers to get to the shops.
A report prepared by the Greater London Authority’s (GLA’s) planning officers said there are issues with the proposals that need to be addressed before it complies with the London Plan – a strategy for how the city develops.
It states that the applicant should make a plan on how traffic would be managed if the link road increased traffic on Purley Way.
In relation to public transport, the report said: “The application needs to include information on the predicted net increase in public transport trips.
“Once this has been provided TfL will then be able to assess the impact on the public transport network and will be able to confirm if any mitigation is required.”
It added that TfL will be carrying out work in Ampere Way that could close a section of the road in 2019 which could conflict with the construction of the proposed link road.
The plans also include building four new warehouses to be used by industrial tradesman but would see a reduction of 68 car parking spaces to a total of 977.
The GLA report was also concerned that there would be a reduction in the floor space of the industrial units.
The report added: “The applicant should seek to increase the site capacity (with larger units) and justify the robustness of the type of unit provided, as the site is in a highly accessible location on the London strategic road network with potential to accommodate a range of industrial locational needs for transport of goods.”
A decision has not yet been made on the plans and Mr Khan’s report says Croydon Council should be advised that the plan does not comply with the London Plan but if issues are resolved by the applicant it could become compliant.