Have your say over Cane Hill, Coulsdon residents' association urges
RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on plans to bring hundreds of homes to the Cane Hill site.
Fears public opinion could be overlooked have sparked the chairman of one of Coulsdon's residents' associations to speak out.
The plans for the 83-hectare former hospital site will be open for public consultation once the contract with preferred developer Barratt Homes is signed.
But Richard Thurbon, chairman of the Coulsdon West Residents' Association, said he is trying to put forward as much input as possible while negotiations are ongoing.
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Speaking at the residents' association's annual general meeting, he said: "What I would say to you is, if you have any view at all on the town centre and on Cane Hill, approach a member of the committee and you can be assured we will take that across to them.
"The next step will be the public consultation. What we want to do is to get it in before that stage, after which it will become a bit more difficult."
The residents' association is represented on the Cane Hill Stakeholders' Group that includes residents' associations, business owners, schools and doctors.
The group has been involved in discussions over the development on the derelict outskirt site, which is set to transform the town.
The developer will also work with the council on the masterplan for the town, whose provisions are expected to include a supermarket and more parking.
According to the plans drawn up by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency, the developer is expected to provide 650 homes, retail, business and leisure units.
Charles King, chairman of the East Coulsdon Residents' Association, said it had tried to impress on developers the importance of the quality of the buildings, space for a supermarket, preserving open spaces for walks and protecting views.
"Our only power is persuasion," he said.
But Coulsdon resident Peter Morgan urged the council to hold a public meeting to hear from more local residents. "They [the stakeholders' group] do not represent the entire community," he said.
A spokesman for the Greater London Authority, which has taken over responsibility for Cane Hill from the Homes and Communities Agency, said negotiations are nearing the final stages.