Category Archives: Planning

Chancerygate set to build huge deliveries base at Factory Lane

Plans have been submitted to build a massive 95,000 sqft of Grade A urban logistics space on a four-acre site on a former gas works site on Factory Lane. The developers claim the scheme could create more than 250 jobs. … Continue reading

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Council delays and lack of enforcement cause residents misery

Council planners have ignored an Order from a High Court judge over the granting of retrospective permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. But as STEVE WHITESIDE explains, the case of 54 Arkwright Road is far from an isolated … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council planners ignore court order over flats in Sanderstead

Those who hoped new Mayor Jason Perry would sweep away the bad practices of the council’s planning department are in for a bit of a disappointment. STEVE WHITESIDE with the latest in a long-running saga Even the decision of a … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Lynne Hale, Mayor Jason Perry, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Part-time Mayor Perry to re-boot Negrini’s design review panel

The council is looking to re-set its Place Review Panel – now to be renamed the Design Review Panel – and is inviting applications from architecture and design experts to sign up for two or three days’ work each year, … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Art, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Design Review Panel, Environment, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Paul Scott, Place Review Panel, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon’s bus shelter project ‘has been progressing well’

The management of even straightforward pieces of street furniture continues to be beyond the capabilities of some of the council’s six-figure-salaried executives As the chill winds and rains arrive with autumn, council officials snug in their offices in Fisher’s Folly … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Katherine Kerswell, Opama Khan, Planning | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

Residents’ groups show red card to Palace’s £100m new stand

Locals living near Selhurst Park have organised to oppose the new stand – despite being frozen out of meetings by their Labour councillors Two residents’ associations in the area around Selhurst Park, together with council tenants whose homes are under … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Christopher Herman, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Louis Carserides, Planning, Property, Selhurst, South Norwood, Sport, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Truss’s new housing minister has his eyes on the Green Belt

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on how changes at the Department for Levelling Up could signal a change in attitude to areas protected from development After years of Tory councillors, their friends running residents’ associations in the south of the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Council’s digital bus shelters partner is late to file accounts

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Long-promised ‘smart’ bus shelters have been delayed because of supply issues caused by the war in Ukraine, according to the latest excuse offered by Town Hall officials. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Long-suffering bus passengers travelling around Croydon … Continue reading

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Consultation on Selhurst new stand is extended by two weeks

Politicians moved unusually swiftly to avoid grounds for legal objections after council officials originally allowed only two weeks for the public to view plans for Crystal Palace’s £100m redevelopment Croydon’s neo-con politicians, Progress MP Steve Reed OBE and the Conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Heather Cheesbrough, Louis Carserides, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, South Norwood, Sport, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fairfield: £300k council fraud investigation and still no answers

EXCLUSIVE: Council says its specialist investigators have yet to find anything around the £67m botched refurbishment of the arts centre which needs to be reported to the police. By STEVEN DOWNES An investigation to discover if there was any fraud … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, College Green, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Jason Cummings, Jo Negrini, Property, Richard Simpson, RIPI II: Fairfield Halls, Robert Ward, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Part-time Perry’s video nasty leaves out all the gory bits

CROYDON IN CRISIS: This website’s hashtag when describing the choice of a Mayoral system for running the council was #ABitLessShit. In his first 100 days in office, Jason Perry has done his best to prove that having a Tory Mayor … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Mayor Jason Perry, Nick Hibberd, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Towering prices leave L&Q with 1,500-plus unsold homes

Brick by Brick was ahead of the trend for building unsellable, over-priced shared ownership homes. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Croydon’s Brick by Brick is not the only housing business that appears to be struggling to off-load its stock of … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Queens Gardens, Taberner House, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Council rejects private school’s planning scheme for Heathfield

A planning application from a private education business to make extensive alterations to Heathfield House, a listed building owned by Croydon Council, has been refused. As Inside Croydon reported in June, Cressey College has been renting the building from the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Education, Gardening, Heathfield House, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Residents blocked from meeting by football club’s lobbyists

Crystal Palace FC have lodged 40 new files as part of the planning application for their proposed £100m stand. But a meeting promised with affected households has been cancelled and residents told that they are not welcome to attend a … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Christopher Herman, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Housing, Louis Carserides, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, South Norwood, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Parish, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oversupply of flats in borough is due to ‘profit over need’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Official government data shows that the council’s build-at-all-cost approach that has blighted parts of the borough has created a glut of over-priced ‘executive apartments’. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The proliferation of block after block of expensive flats … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Epsom and Ewell, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Paul Scott, Planning, Surrey, Tandridge District Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

M&S recruiting 130 staff ahead of opening Purley Way store

EXCLUSIVE: The company CEO’s life-long association with the Croydon store may have helped to give the beleaguered Whitgift Centre a reprieve. By STEVEN DOWNES Marks and Spencer is recruiting more than 130 staff in advance of its opening a new … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Planning, Purley Way, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Part-time Perry and Labour in playground squabble over park

After a decade of Town Hall squabbles, the legacy of Newman and Butler’s years in charge of the council is a playground for the children of tower block half-millionaires. WALTER CRONXITE on another late, costly and incomplete town centre project … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Environment, Housing, Lynne Hale, Mayor Jason Perry, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Queens Gardens, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

After decades of clean-ups, we’re still polluting precious rivers

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After a week-long heatwave and record temperatures, LEWIS WHITE makes a case for us to cherish local rivers, such as the Wandle, bringing the water companies back into public ownership, and for an end to the concreting over … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon parks, Environment, Nature Notes, Planning, Wandle Park, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Abrasive’ lobbyist smoothing the way for Selhurst’s new stand

Crystal Palace’s £100m new stand at Selhurst Park has the backing of fans (natch), support from councillors and approval from the planning department. Yet the club has gone out and hired a planning lobbyist. STEVEN DOWNES profiles Terrapin’s man hoping … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Christopher Herman, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Kingston, Louis Carserides, Paul Scully MP, Planning, Property, South Norwood, Sport, Stella Nabukeera, Steve Parish, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

1850s Byron Manor house under threat in council fire sale

More than 140 acres of a parkland golf course, woodlands and adjoining hotel could be at risk from profit-hungry developers, according to the local residents’ association, as PEARL LEE reports A Victorian-era manor house, built for the Byron family, could … Continue reading

Posted in Bespoke Hotels, Business, Community associations, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Golf, HADRA, Margaret Bird, Mayor Jason Perry, Old Coulsdon, Planning, Sport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Lobbyist to meet councillors over Selhurst stadium proposals

South Norwood councillors will next week be meeting with a representative of a lobbying firm working for Crystal Palace Football Club to discuss issues around the stalled development of a new £100million stand at Selhurst Park. According to a spokesperson … Continue reading

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This is £12m Fairfield ‘plaza’ that Mayor Perry wants to create

Existing designs for a public open space between the town’s major arts centre and Croydon College have been derided as ‘jokey’, ‘crass’ and ‘one gigantic hardscape of pink and grey candy stripe concrete’. By STEVEN DOWNES Mayor Jason Perry’s announcement … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Place Review Panel, Planning, Queens Gardens | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Planning permission lapsed for £100m new stand at Selhurst

The planning permission for Crystal Palace to redevelop their main stand in a £100million project at Selhurst Park has lapsed – leaving the club to go through a costly re-application process, or to continue to play their games in one … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace FC, Football, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Selhurst, Sport, Steve Parish | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mayor bids for £20m funding with old and failed projects

Our Town Hall correspondent, KEN LEE, on an optimistic wish list for a handful of cosmetic schemes around the town centre Part-time Mayor Jason Perry’s pitch for £20million of “levelling up” money from the Tory government is “just a re-hash … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boxpark, Brick by Brick, Broad Green, Business, Commuting, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Cycling, Environment, Fairfield, Fairfield Halls, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Property, TfL, Transport, Waddon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

East Croydon locals call on council to reinstall safe crossing

If ever our loyal reader needed a reminder of how crassly incompetent the council’s planning department can be, then take a look at the busy junction of Billinton Hill and Cherry Orchard Road, which hundreds, if not thousands, of commuters … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Menta Tower, Planning, Property, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments