Category Archives: Housing

Ombudsman orders review of Croydon’s temporary housing

A cancer patient and her four children were ‘cooped up’ in a single room throughout the covid pandemic because council officials failed to check their own temporary accommodation policy Croydon Council has been forced to pay nearly £5,000 in compensation … Continue reading

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Planning chief’s position untenable as developers’ charter axed

Town Hall correspondent PEARL LEE on the seismic shift going on in the council’s planning department Croydon’s part-time Mayor, Jason Perry, will deliver on one of his key promises tonight when, at his first council cabinet meeting since his election … Continue reading

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Research finds increasing amount of available brownfield sites

The number of brownfield sites available for development around the country increased by 10per cent in the last year, research shows, with the amount of brownfield land available in London providing enough space for 355,000 new homes. Using brownfield – … Continue reading

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Perry opts to keep poor performing Axis for another year

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Despite reports of ‘shocking rudeness and inhumanity’, repairs contractors implicated in a national housing scandal have been given £20m worth of work by the borough’s part-time Mayor. By STEVEN DOWNES Jason Perry, the £81,000 per year part-time … Continue reading

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Residents’ Charter sets standards for council’s housing

This Wednesday, the council cabinet will be asked to rubber-stamp a proposal that the Town Hall adopts the Croydon Residents’ Charter, drawn up by Yaw John Boateng, Les Parry and Kim Wakeley of the Croydon Council tenants and leaseholders panel. … Continue reading

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‘We are enraged at government whose sole focus is profit’

Grenfell United, the group representing the bereaved and survivors, this morning issued the following statement, on the fifth anniversary of the tower block fire in London that claimed the lives of 72 people Today, we remember the 72 beautiful souls … Continue reading

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Time’s running out for Axis as new Mayor comes under scrutiny

The honeymoon period is over for Jason Perry, as the first reports of his administration are due to be published this week, reports KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent Jason Perry this week faces his first real tests as Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons its planning consents and 23 sites

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council this week set light to a ‘bonfire of the vanities’, abandoning planning applications on 477 homes around the borough in development proposals by their failed house builders. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council has dumped … Continue reading

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‘Disgrace’ as £110m of Brick by Brick homes stand empty

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Research conducted by a residents’ group has confirmed that more than 200 new homes, built with public cash by the council-owned company, remain vacant, in some cases for more than a year. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES and … Continue reading

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A first-time buyer’s guide to buying your first home

“Getting a first step on the housing ladder…” is among one of the most hackneyed clichés in modern Britain. Held up as some kind of “aspiration”, harking back to Thatcherism, the reality is that, often as not, buying a home … Continue reading

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Westfield wants to revive plans for Croydon’s blighted centre

More than three years after shelving their £1.4bn scheme for the town centre, the developers’ monster mall is back on the drawing board – but with significant differences. By STEVEN DOWNES Like a Frankenstein monster after being given a shot … Continue reading

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Great North Wood under threat from holy order’s £3.5m scheme

A holy order of Catholic nuns wants to hack down mature and healthy trees in a specially protected site, part of the ancient Great North Wood, and then use the timber to build a “visitor attraction” to commemorate… the Great … Continue reading

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Analysts predict London rent costs to soar more than £1,000

As official government figures show the inflation rate hitting a 40-year high of 9per cent, analysis of the homes rental sector forecast costs there will climb by as much as £1,500 in the next year. In just 12 months, the … Continue reading

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Council slips through £5m deal to buy Brick by Brick houses

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Already hugely subsidised housing built by Brick by Brick was bought back by Croydon Council in the days before the local elections. EXCLUSIVE by BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent Serious questions are being raised over the suspiciously generous … Continue reading

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Select committee MPs promise swift action at Regina Road

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than a year since the ‘appalling’ state of flats in Regina Road caused a national scandal, MPs from a Commons select committee visited South Norwood and Upper Norwood this week. They were shocked at what they … Continue reading

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Councillors slam Bellway’s ‘sham’ consultation over Lido site

Councillors in Waddon have written to a development company that wants to build a 10-storey residential tower block next to the Purley Way playing fields and accused them of running a “sham” public consultation and treating residents with “utter contempt”. … Continue reading

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Grenfell inquiry set to quiz Barwell over ignored warnings

Former Conservative housing minister is set to give evidence about his part in what has been described as ‘one of the greatest public policy failures anywhere in the modern world’ Gavin Barwell, the former Croydon MP who as housing minister … Continue reading

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Factsheet and Twitter: Gove’s answer to council housing crisis

Measures to improve the state of social housing and to guarantee tenants a decent place to live have been announced this morning by the government – 15 years after similar proposals were first agreed. Michael Gove, as the Levelling Up … Continue reading

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Council planners urge developer to pre-empt Local Plan

It isn’t only over suburban blocks of flats that the council planning department appears to work against the interests of the residents they are supposed to serve. Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reveals how officials have been persuading one developer to … Continue reading

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One year on, Hamida Ali’s latest apologies on Regina Road

‘To improve the conditions in people’s homes, the tenants have to pay for it… How is that fair?’ ITV News’ DANIEL HEWITT last night broadcast a follow-up to the investigation into conditions in council flats in South Norwood which caused … Continue reading

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Council’s Ministry of Truth forced to pull housing press release

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On the first anniversary of the broadcast of the TV news report that shocked the nation, the council has been forced to pull a press release which tried to misrepresent the findings of the independent housing improvement … Continue reading

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Labour council’s ‘slumlords’ can’t face Regina Road tenants

The difference between the realities of life for council tenants in Croydon and the public statements from the Labour-controlled council demonstrate that the lessons of the Regina Road housing scandal have not been learned by those in power. By STEVEN … Continue reading

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‘Council must freeze its unnecessary 4.1% rent increase’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Ahead of a protest on Monday night, EMMA GARDINER, pictured right, calls on Town Hall leaders to abandon their proposed council rent hike until all their properties meet the habitable homes standard A long-awaited independent survey recently published … Continue reading

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One year on from housing shame: ‘not enough has been done’

A report from the improvement committee appointed in the aftermath of the council homes scandal has found that Croydon’s tenants continue to be treated with ‘shocking rudeness and inhumanity’, while many in Regina Road blocks ‘are still living in very … Continue reading

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Tory government cuts councils’ homelessness fund by £40m

A near-30percent cut to a government fund supposed to help councils, such as Croydon, to reduce homelessness, coming at a time of rising cost-of-living, risks “tens of thousands of people falling into arrears and facing eviction as people struggle to … Continue reading

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