Category Archives: Planning

Westfield is ‘too little, too late’ to save Croydon town centre

With more than 1,200 empty units in the borough already, traders say that the development blight caused by lengthy delays by supermall operators has turned Croydon into ‘a retail graveyard’. MT WALLETTE reports A shiny new Westfield shopping centre, promised … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Growth Zone, Jo Negrini, Planning, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Residents petition for Scott and Newman to CPO Love Lane

Residents trying to save the Love Lane community garden from developers have been told by one of their ward councillors that Croydon will not step in with a compulsory purchase order for the plot of land. As Inside Croydon first … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

CCTV installed in Queen’s Gardens before Fairfield re-opening

Complaints of anti-social behaviour, drinking and drug-use in the open space between the Town Hall and Fairfield Halls has led to it being declared a crime hot-spot by the council, as KEN LEE reports Queen’s Gardens has been declared a … Continue reading

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Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Bromley Council, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Education, Jo Negrini, Lambeth Council, Merton, Planning, SEND, Southwark Council, Sutton Council, TfL, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What a surprise: planning system backs developers, again

In planning cases in Croydon, as far as the interests of residents are concerned, even when they win, they lose. Our summer intern, BILL DING, reports on the latest twist for Barham Road Residents on Barham Road were this week … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Paul Scott, Planning, Robert Canning, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Residents claim rare planning victory over Sandrock pub

Residents living near the historic Sandrock pub in Upper Shirley Road are celebrating after council planning officials rejected a scheme by developers to build a remarkably ugly four-storey block of flats in the car park of the listed building. Locals … Continue reading

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Croydon residents spend 45% of their wage on private rents

While Croydon’s Labour-run council stages museum exhibitions on the history of the council house, as they meanwhile use public money to build houses for private sale which local residents cannot afford, a London Assembly Member has produced figures which shows … Continue reading

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