Category Archives: Planning

Tenants of 44-storey tower told they might move in in April

After taking just 35 weeks from the first module being installed to complete “the world’s tallest prefab”, it now seems likely that it will be at least 36 weeks since completion before the first tenants will move in. Greystar, the … Continue reading

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Coulsdon ready to ‘fight tooth and nail’ for community centre

A charity is threatening legal action against the council if they try to sell-off their ‘village hall’ without providing replacement facilities. Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports As Croydon Council tries to crawl from the wreckage created … Continue reading

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Listed Sandrock pub under threat again from ‘hideous’ scheme

A “hideous” development proposal for the site of a locally listed Victorian pub in Shirley which has already been rejected twice is being brought forward to the council’s planning committee again this week, with the planning department recommending that the … Continue reading

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Council starts the biggest fire-sale ever seen in south London

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Last night’s cabinet meeting agreed to flog off 15 sites around the borough, as the council seeks to pay down its £1.5bn debt. But they will struggle to recoup the £35.7m paid for a hotel just three … Continue reading

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Developer digs in to keep planning consent for £500m tower

After already suffering a decade of development blight in the town centre because of the on-off-on-off-again aborted Westfield scheme, now a key site off Wellesley Road is about to be turned into a hole in the ground for an indefinite … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, One Lansdowne Road, Planning, Property, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council admits its ‘pub protection policy’ may not work

City Hall has ruled that a developers’ scheme to demolish a previously thriving East Croydon pub and turn the site into (yet another) block of flats does not meet local planning regulations. But Croydon’s own planning department looks ready to … Continue reading

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‘Email us if you are unable to access our online consultation’

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the council’s latest blunder over a public consultation for the badly polluted Purley Way and false claims for ‘the highest environmental standards’ Croydon Council, which already has a diabolically bad reputation for the way … Continue reading

Posted in Broad Green, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Purley Way, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Waddon, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Report: Incinerator is ‘as polluting as coal-fired power stations’

An investigation published by the Daily Telegraph reports that hundreds of millions of pounds of public money has been handed over to the incinerator industry based on false claims that burning waste generates cheap, green energy. The Telegraph investigation, published … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Climate Crisis Commission, Croydon Council, Environment, Planning, Refuse collection, Sutton Council, Veolia, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Reprieved! Buss recommends scrapping dozens of build plans

Among the recommendations contained in the report on the future of Brick by Brick going before next Tuesday’s scrutiny committee is a list of sites which are no longer to be developed by the loss-making council-owned builder. The biggest site … Continue reading

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Council set to take £100m hit as it winds down Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The borough is looking for a buyer for its failed development company, as a secret report to next week’s scrutiny committee balances the costs of selling off sites currently under development against the price of persisting with … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, College Green, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Homes, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Planning, Property, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Developers of £180m towers deny delay is due to cladding

The owners of the world’s tallest block of prefabs have denied that prospective residents of 101 George Street’s towers have been stalled for more than six months because of issues with the buildings’ cladding. Inside Croydon revealed earlier this week … Continue reading

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George Street towers stay empty due to building regs delays

EXCLUSIVE: A prestigious, towering development of 546 flats, some costing £26,000 a year to rent, has been standing empty for months while the developers wait for council officials to sign-off on planning requirements. By STEVEN DOWNES The dark towers quickly … Continue reading

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Charity launches online resource to help on planning issues

Planning Aid for London, a charity offering free advice for the public to better find their way through the planning system, has made a library available online to help people understand why and how their neighbourhood is changing. The library … Continue reading

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Bellway reveals plan for 168 homes around lido diving board

A housing developer wants to build nearly 170 homes around a Grade II-listed Art Deco diving board. The site of the former Purley Way Lido has been disused since the end of 2018, after the garden centre that had been … Continue reading

Posted in Business, History, Housing, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Purley Way Lido, Waddon | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

‘Joseph Heller could use Croydon as a sequel to Catch 22’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The row between the Labour council and Tory government over the possible costs of staging a mayoral referendum has got loyal reader IAN KIERANS crunching some numbers Is it really £1million additional costs to stage a referendum over … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Libraries, Planning, Refuse collection, Section 114 notice, Tony Newman, Veolia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

George Street’s wind tunnel is causing dangerous problems

CROYDON COMMENTARY: There could be a towering reason for the second closure in a year of the area in front of East Croydon Station because of damage to the building’s glass canopy, according to DAN MAERTENS In some ways, the … Continue reading

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Kent council-owned property agents awarded £500,000 contract

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Appointment of property management company could signal the start of a sell-off of council assets. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Croydon’s bankrupt council – which is in the middle of a spending ban – has awarded a … Continue reading

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New Addington block of flats dropped from planning meeting

EXCLUSIVE: With barely six hours’ notice ahead of today’s planning meeting, two controversial building schemes from Brick by Brick have been withdrawn. By STEVEN DOWNES Planning applications for two controversial schemes from Brick by Brick, the council’s loss-making house-builders, were … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Colm Lacey, Martyn Evans, New Addington, Planning, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Merton scraps building company to avoid Brick by Brick failure

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how a neighbouring borough has twigged that Croydon’s model for house-building doesn’t work Another Labour-run south London council is to junk its arm’s-length house-building company – after seeing what the catastrophic clusterfuck Brick by … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons plans to build on ‘village green’

A resident-led campaign in Purley and Kenley was today declaring victory after Brick by Brick announced it was abandoning plans to build on their “village green”. Brick by Brick wanted to build 17 flats, nine houses and a car park … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Environment, Kenley, Planning, Purley, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Now Scott tries to play the blame game over Brick by Brick

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how the chief architect of the council’s disastrous housing policy is trying to salvage his reputation Paul Scott, part of the clique which led Croydon Council to bankruptcy, broke cover at a virtual Town … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Martyn Evans, Paul Scott, Planning, Report in the Public Interest, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Directors Murray and Cheesbrough start exodus from council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The director of planning and the borough’s culture chief are to leave Fisher’s Folly – the first top-level departures since the council issued its Section 114 notice. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s director of planning, and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Paula Murray, Planning, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Why selling the unsaleable is not the answer on Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: It is nearly three years since this website began exposing the financial disaster that Brick by Brick was creating for Croydon Council. NICHOLAS PANES, the construction industry expert who advised on our reports, looks at the options … Continue reading

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Council still receiving ‘vast quantities’ of planning applications

What trade magazine Property Week described as “an unprecedented volume of planning applications” has been submitted to Croydon Council in the couple of weeks since the authority issued a Section 114 notice to declare itself broke. Between October 1 and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning, RIF, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Lacey to be removed from board of mismanaged Brick by Brick

Consultants’ report is latest damning review of Croydon’s badly-run council. By STEVEN DOWNES Colm Lacey is to be removed from the board of Brick by Brick, the council’s loss-making house-builder, while funding for new schemes is to be frozen and … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Martyn Evans, Planning, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments