A packed residents’ meeting in Addington this week heard of developer plans to build 300 homes on Green Belt land at the bottom of Gravel Hill.
Conservative councillor Jason Cummings told an audience of more than 100 people at the annual meeting of the Addington Residents’ Association on Tuesday night that Persimmon Homes’ proposal to develop Huntingfield, the four fields between Addington Village bus and tram interchange and Featherbed Lane, was “a real enquiry”.
Persimmon Homes recently reported a 40 per cent increase in their sales over a year ago, which they attributed to the ConDem Government’s Help to Buy Scheme.
Addington residents resisted plans for a hypermarket on the site in the early 1980s and a Sainsbury’s in 1993, but even strong opposition this time around might not be enough to overcome the Conservative-led government’s national policy for house building.
The arrival of Tramlink, the expansion of the petrol station on Selsdon Park Road into a Marks and Spencer’s retail outlet, the decimation of the beeches in neighbouring Addington Park and the creation of a National Grid complex on one of the fields has all served to undermine the “green” feel to the area.
No formal planning application is yet with the local authority, but the residents are wary of a large development which would come close to linking suburban development from New Addington to Addington and Addington Village.
Coming to Croydon
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Croydon Ecology Centre seeds and seedlings sale, May 11
- South Norwood local election hustings, May 12
- Thornton Heath local election hustings, May 14
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Broad Green local election hustings, May 15
- Coulsdon West local election hustings, May 16
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- Coulsdon East local election hustings, May 19
- St Giles’ primary school open morning, May 21
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- Greek Myths: stories and mask-making, May 27
- Howard Marks: Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe, May 29
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Tales from Ancient Greece, Upper Norwood Library, May 29
- Upper Norwood Library Book Club, May 31
- Stitch Pitch quilting workshop, Upper Norwood Library, June 2
- Croydon Tech City “summit”, June 6
- Lakes Playground Action Group fun day, June 14
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, June 15
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Classic Car Show at Purley Rotary Fields, June 22
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- South Norwood Allotments open day, June 28
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, Aug 10
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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