Category Archives: Planning

Mayor Perry has 48 hours to save Love Lane’s playground

Croydon’s first elected Mayor, Tory Jason Perry, is showing himself to be just as useless and unreliable as Labour’s discredited Tony Newman, one of his predecessors in the role as council leader. The failures of both third-rate politicians could now … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Gardening, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Perry slow to stop cars parking in town centre pedestrian zone

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on the belated end to a free parking wheeze in a kids’ playground It has taken Tory Mayor Jason Perry nearly two whole months to get around to issuing parking tickets on cars parked illegally … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Fairfield, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Queens Gardens, Steve Iles, Taberner House | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Planning Inspector gives green light to another 28-storey tower

The NLA Tower, the Richard Seifert and Partners-designed “50p Building” that has come to symbolise central Croydon, is to be overlooked by a 28-storey block (another one), after the council lost yet another case at the Planning Inspectorate. Wittington Investments … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Housing, No1 Croydon, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Infant death rates were up by 233% after incinerator fired up

Official figures from the ONS for the year after Viridor began its operations at Beddington showed a sharp increase in infant deaths in Selhurst, Broad Green and Waddon wards. STEVEN DOWNES reports Infant mortality rates in one part of Croydon, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Environment, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Planning, Refuse collection, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

MP accuses Aldi of ‘unacceptable’ U-turn on Coulsdon parking

Coulsdon residents are preparing for another battle over parking provision in their district centre, fighting against a scheme which the local MP has described as an “unacceptable proposal”. Just four years ago, Aldi was granted planning permission for their large … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Coulsdon, Croydon South, Parking, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A decade too late, even Sutton’s LibDems now turn on Viridor

No one wants the polluting Beddington incinerator to be allowed to increase its capacity for burning rubbish. So why is the Environment Agency ‘minded’ to approve the application? STEVEN DOWNES reports Tomorrow is the final day for submissions in a … Continue reading

Posted in Barry Lewis, Business, Croydon Council, Elliot Colburn, Environment, Kingston, London-wide issues, Merton, Planning, Refuse collection, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Fires at two central Croydon pubs raise widespread suspicions

The Crooked House Pub in the Midlands burns to the ground under highly suspicious circumstances and creates national headlines. Croydon’s response? “Hold my beer”. Two closed pubs in Croydon town centre were ablaze this morning, having caught fire within an … Continue reading

Posted in Business, ECCO, Fairfield, London Fire Brigade, Planning, Property, Pubs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mayor Perry accepted hundreds of pounds of gifts in first year

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Recently published declarations of interest from the borough’s elected Mayor show someone who enjoys a free lunch and just doesn’t know when to say ‘No’. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES There’s hardly an official opening or a charity … Continue reading

Posted in Birch (Selsdon), Business, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace FC, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Restaurants | 13 Comments

Suspicion over £20k offer from council to vacate green space

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Community group suspects council is accepting money from developers to help them build on a piece of protected open space A community group that through years of hard work has transformed a piece of Woodside ward wasteground … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Planning, South Norwood, Wildlife, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Perry’s council refuses to name its design review panellists

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Mayor decided to re-boot Negrini’s Place Review Panel, but after almost a year’s delay, the identities of the ‘experts’ assembled remain closely guarded secrets. By WALTER CRONXITE “Just what are they trying to hide?” a Katharine Street … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Design Review Panel, Environment, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Place Review Panel, Planning, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council planners agreed to the removal of admired public art

BOROUGH OF THE BANAL: Croydon’s professional planners had an opportunity to insist on the retention of a significant artwork, but approved its removal for something they said would ‘enhance’ the appearance of an East Croydon office block. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in AMP House, Art, Borough of Culture 2023, Business, Chris Clark, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, Fairfield, History, Nicola Townsend, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Perry to hand key Regina Road contract to Negrini’s employers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Having said he would begin legal proceedings to recover some of the former CEO’s £437,000 ‘Golden Handshake’, the Tory Mayor is now hiring the company that has appointed the self-acclaimed regeneration expert as a director. EXCLUSIVE by … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Property, Regina Road redevelopment, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Courtroom moves in China to wind-up owners of Nestlé Tower

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More problems for stalled £500m development of town centre landmark Guangzhou R&F Properties Co Ltd, the Chinese development company which owns the Nestlé Tower, the adjacent St George’s Walk and other buildings in the town centre, is … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Nestle Tower, Planning, Property, Segas House, St George's Walk | Tagged , , , | 18 Comments

Tories warn residents: don’t dare complain about Purley pool

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After breaking his election promise over re-opening Purley Pool and instead backing a private developer’s £100m residential scheme, the borough’s Mayor is now refusing to answer questions in public Conservative councillors in Purley, who lied about the … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Mayor Jason Perry, Planning, Polaska, Property, Purley, Purley Pool, Samir Dwesar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Beddington’s ‘dumping ground’ now facing its own Suez crisis

A planning application from a multi-billion French-based waste company to develop a “green” gas-generating plant on Beddington Lane has encountered “vehement opposition” from at least one Sutton councillor, who says that his residents’ corner of south London is being turned … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Environment, Planning, Suez waste treatment plant, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Planners taking a look at millionaires’ homes on Webb Estate

KEN LEE, Town Hall reporter, on the latest council consultation which seeks to provide a chimera of public input for the planning department’s latest wheeze in an area where Michael Buble, Wilf Zaha and Status Quo’s Francis Rossi have all … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, History, Housing, Lord Roberts on the Green, Planning, Property, Purley, Webb Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Marks and Spencer backs bid to transform disused Purley dairy

EXCLUSIVE: Proposals for a new Foodhall are expected to be submitted to the council’s planning department within the next couple of months. detailing a scheme that promises a total of 120 new jobs and 20 ‘affordable’ studio spaces for local … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley BID | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Sainsbury’s confirms it is to close Whitgift Centre store

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Supermarket chain says it was a ‘difficult decision’ to close flagship shop – but at least they have five higher-profit ‘Local’ shops nearby. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Britain’s second-largest chain of supermarkets has admitted that it can … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, Planning, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Khan set to splash the cash to re-open Crystal Palace pools

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved the immediate spending of up to £10million to bring key parts of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace back into use, providing for urgent repairs to the Olympic-sized swimming pool and for the … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Boris Johnson, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Sport, Swimming | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Investigators apologise after sending reports to wrong person

CARL SHILTON, our Sutton investigations editor, on the latest self-inflicted crisis to hit LibDem council leader Ruth Dombey and her increasingly rattled sidekick Jayne McCoy A director at a company specialising in investigating complaints over the conduct of local authority … Continue reading

Posted in Barry Lewis, Environment, Jayne McCoy, Marian James, Nick Mattey, Planning, Ruth Dombey, Sutton Council, Tim Crowley, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planners’ unconditional love for developers is unchanged

One of the arguments put forward for a change to a directly elected mayor was that they would be able to end the questionable practices of the council planning department. But as STEVE WHITESIDE explains, strategic ignorance and intellectual dishonesty … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Lynne Hale, Pete Smith, Planning, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Key document withheld from planning scrutiny for 21 months

STEVE WHITESIDE with an update on how the council’s planners and planning enforcement teams continue to fail the borough’s residents, while turning a blind eye to developers ignoring conditions Last month, I wrote about the sad saga of 158 Purley … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Developers face £20m bill to under-pin East Croydon towers

After four very tall towers have recently been erected opposite East Croydon Station, residents are questioning whether three more will be too many, reports BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent The developers of the latest 775-flat residential scheme proposed for Croydon town … Continue reading

Posted in Business, College Green, Croydon College, Croydon Council, Delta Properties, Housing, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bellway’s lido plans take a nose dive as permission is refused

Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on how things have not gone swimmingly for one of the country’s biggest housebuilders as its plans for 180 homes by Purley Way playing fields have gone down the plughole Croydon Council’s professional planners, after encouraging … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Business, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Housing, Joy Prince, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Purley Way Lido, Robert Canning, Transport, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

What will the ‘new’ Westfield deal really mean for Croydon?

STEVEN DOWNES outlines some of the likely consequences of this week’s announcement that Paris-based Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield have bought out their former partners Hammerson for the redevelopment of the town centre In all the flurry of civic excitement over the announcement that … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Growth Zone, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments