Category Archives: Planning

We were whipped over Brick by Brick schemes, councillors say

EXCLUSIVE: Members of Croydon’s planning committee confirm that they were instructed how to vote over the council’s own house-building company’s applications. By STEVEN DOWNES A Croydon MP is to call on the council chief executive to carry out an independent … Continue reading

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How CEO Negrini used council money to promote herself

Here is the text of the ‘sponsored competition’ which appeared on the website of the Architect’s Journal on December 5, just after the publication was announcing that Croydon Council’s Brick by Brick house-builder (which has yet to build a single … Continue reading

Posted in Arnhem Gallery, Ashcroft Theatre, Brick by Brick, College Green, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jo Negrini, Planning | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Award goes to Brick by Brick, when director was among judges

• Council house-building company formed in 2015 has yet to complete a single new home • Senior council executive was among the judges for awards where Brick by Brick ‘triumphed’ • Council spent public money on advertising last week with … Continue reading

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Council’s short notice of New Addington special school event

A press release from our council’s dynamic press office slammed in to our email in-box just after 2pm today. Someone had thoughtfully passed it on to us, since the council’s press office seems to think they don’t need to deal … Continue reading

Posted in Addington Valley Academy, Alisa Flemming, Children's Services, Croydon Council, New Addington, Planning, Schools | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Planning chair prejudices position with speech for developers

The charge that Croydon’s Blairite council leadership is too cosy with property developers and their architect chums has been given even greater weight, after the chair of the borough’s planning committee gave a rousing speech at a launch event for … Continue reading

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Shelter warns of housing ‘black hole’ over conversion schemes

Affordable housing in Croydon may be under threat from a government proposal which risks “supercharging” a social housing get-out clause, according to the housing charity Shelter. Currently developers do not have to pay contributions to the council for social housing … Continue reading

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Penthouse floor for Purley ‘skyscraper’ was a poor design

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Coulsdon resident LEWIS WHITE, pictured right, gave evidence at the planning inspector’s inquiry held earlier this year. Here is his take on this week’s controversial ruling on the Purley ‘skyscraper’ The decision of the Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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