The latest Croydon carbuncle: Riddlesdown’s own glasshouse

The latest Croydon carbuncle: this one is an architect’s take on a block of 18 flats proposed for Mitchley Avenue

Another day, another Croydon carbuncle.

This time it is a block of 18 flats in a gargantuan five-storey block plonked between the suburban detached houses of Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown, as proposed by Vita Homes.

Just look at all that glass at the back of the building, illustrated so lovingly in the CGI images on the developers’ website.

The proposal will replace two existing homes.

According to one concerned neighbour, “A number of hideous black and white constructions have been built in the last couple of years between Riddlesdown Road and Riddlesdown Avenue.

“Sadly few residents have been paying much attention to this as they were houses rather than flats. So they missed the point that this was establishing the practice of backfilling gardens.”

It doesn’t look any better after dark, either…

Nearby, Oakwood Avenue has another proposal for eight semi-detached houses from Aventier, one of the council’s planning department’s favourite developers.

“The message is clear,” says the concerned resident. “Backfilling of gardens with semi-detached properties is the compromise solution.

“It seems Croydon Council would be more to happy to allow this to happen. Or are developers realising the borough is becoming flat saturated?”

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2 Responses to The latest Croydon carbuncle: Riddlesdown’s own glasshouse

  1. timbartell says:

    I can feel the tremors, Philp is incandescent with mock rage, another load of residents that may vote for someone else.

  2. The developments between Riddlesdown Avenue and Riddlesdown Road also include flats!

    The Oakwood development will tower over houses in Riddlesdown Road, with windows staring down on houses and gardens.

    Then there’s the local cattery which has served Purley for 25+ years…where people work, blocking out the light to the employees and the cats… The cattery will surely go out of business, close a community business and put people out of work!!!

    Unlike the Riddlesdown Avenue/Riddlesdown Road developments, the people affected are not the people making money out of selling their gardens!

    Both these developments must be stopped!

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