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Lion Green Road residents' concern over Coulsdon Masterplan

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DON'T forget about us, residents of Lion Green Road have urged as the plans for the redevelopment of Coulsdon and Cane Hill shape up.

The homes there are arguably the most directly affected by the current proposals, which include a 50,000 sq ft food store and 9,000 sq ft doctors' surgery in the car park across the road.

The road also leads to the foot of Cane Hill, where 650 homes are due to be built, with access routes still being worked out.

Lion Green Road resident Vicky Newham said she is worried the developments will place an unbearable burden on the already traffic-heavy road.

She said: "The car park may seem like a good site to develop but I do not believe that Lion Green Road is an appropriate entry or exit point.

"It is too busy as it is. Even for the building stage, to have additional plant and machinery, lorries, diggers, pneumatic drills a few metres from my house, this will be unbearable.As it is, I have lorries, buses, coaches, cars a few feet from my sofa. It is unbearable at times."

Stressing she was not against the development of the site in principle, she added: "I think that Lion Green Road is often regarded by people as simply a 'resource' to be exploited – a Coulsdon outpost – and often with little respect or care for the people who live in the road."

Other residents agreed about the traffic, with one adding that the houses sometimes shake when heavy lorries rattle past.

Coulsdon resident Peter Morgan says the planners have not properly considered how to deal with the extra traffic in Lion Green Road and elsewhere.

He said: "The Cane Hill development is the largest change to Coulsdon for decades.

"It means a 20 per cent increase from 10,000 to 12,000 for the population over five years."

A public consultation will be held next week on Thursday( 6pm-8pm), Friday (10am-7pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm), at the Calat Centre in Malcolm Road.

Lion Green Road residents' concern over Coulsdon Masterplan


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