‘Insensitive morons’ order demolition of Norbury extension

Adrian DennisCROYDON COMMENTARY: After reading our report on the lengthy delays on processing planning applications, ADRIAN DENNIS, pictured right, a former Labour councillor, says that there are regular examples of abuse of planning powers by senior council officials

Sadly there have been long delays in processing planning applications for some time and these have only become worse.

However, it is not the delays that are the biggest problem, but the bad decisions.

Officer reports – prepared by the council’s professional staff – are often rushed and inaccurate, public consultation is not carried out, and officers refuse to answer queries about applications or their decisions. The planning service is now in a worse state than I can ever recall, and I was on the committee for 20 years from 1986 to 2006.

In one, current case, a householder in Norbury was advised in 2014 by a planning officer that the rear extension he wanted to build was permitted development under the government’s new rules which allows larger extensions if the immediate neighbours do not object.

Council CEO Jo Negrini: house building is easy, apparently

Council CEO Jo Negrini: was in charge of planning department for two years

Having the support of his neighbours, the Norbury resident built the extension, only to discover later that he should have submitted an application to the council at the time.

The council is now forcing the family to tear down the recently built rear extension despite it having been permitted development if the right form had been submitted at the right time.

Despite the fact that once the extension is torn down at great expense and distress to the family, they could rebuild it as permitted development again with the council powerless to stop them, the council insist on their punitive action to teach this family a severe lesson.

I am not sure what that lesson can be, other than to demonstrate that those responsible are insensitive morons.

Sadly, councillors and the MP are all avoiding representing their constituents as it would upset the powers that control planning in Croydon, while Gavin Barwell, the Minister of Planning, seems uninterested in the abuse of planning controls in his own borough.

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1 Response to ‘Insensitive morons’ order demolition of Norbury extension

  1. veeanne2015 says:

    Adrian Dennis is right about the inaccuracy and omissions on Planning Reports.
    Next door to the Red Deer Pub was a car showroom planned to become 24 flats and a retail (possibly convenience ) store on the Brighton Road.

    Apart from absurdly putting the entrance/exit to the flats on the Brighton Road instead of the quieter Sanderstead Road, the report inaccurately stated the distance to the nearest bus stop (it’s almost opposite), that there was one convenience store opposite (there were two, and three more within a couple of minutes walk), and worst of all, the omitted the existence of St. Augustine’s Avenue, which was opposite, and any car driver in that area knows the congestion at that junction with the Brighton Road that already exists without having additional vehicles crossing the road, holding up the traffic, in order to go in and out of the new development.
    So it was approved.

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