Category Archives: Housing

Housing ministry provides £635,000 for borough’s homeless

The government has given Croydon Council a £635,000 grant to continue its work to tackle homelessness during the pandemic through helping people into accommodation and providing health support. It is possible that some of that money could be used to … Continue reading

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Tories in call to sack Butler and Scott, and scrap Brick by Brick

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Croydon Labour’s new leader Hamida Ali is facing calls for a complete overhaul of her Town Hall cabinet, from the opposition but also from within her own party, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Tories are demanding the … Continue reading

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Selsdon locals celebrate as Brick by Brick scheme refused

Labour’s Town Hall whip voted down the council-owned developers’ housing proposal, the first application from them to be rejected in four years. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Residents from Selsdon were celebrating today after their concerted objections saw an … Continue reading

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Questions tower over council’s husband and wife planning act

Angry residents are seeking a full and independent investigation into the role played by a senior member of the council’s planning department in a £300million tower development that was granted planning permission in central Croydon – when the wife of … Continue reading

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Covid deaths should halt Brick by Brick’s densification plan

Criticised as being an over-development that ‘will give an overall appearance of cramped, overcrowded, poor-quality dwellings’, the latest council-backed scheme could even risk future coronavirus outbreaks. Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES reports The deaths of residents from covid-19 when living in … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick climbdown over ‘Stasi prison block’ in Waddon

It’s get-out-of-jail-free for the residents of Theobald Road, as the council-owned developer pulls its plans for an ugly block of flats, without any public explanation. Prisons correspondent, BELLE MARSH, reports Brick by Brick has withdrawn its planning application to build … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick claim building on green space is ‘sustainable’

If there was any doubt of the contempt in which the residents of this borough are held by the six-figure salaried executives at Brick by Brick and their paymasters at Croydon Council, then one need only look at the back-slapping … Continue reading

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Green spaces under threat as Scott seeks to ignore covenants

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest Brick by Brick schemes which will concrete over green space, destroy mature trees and even tear up a legal covenant that dates back to the 19th century Thursday’s virtual planning meeting will … Continue reading

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Residents’ associations angrily reject Scott’s concrete plans

Croydon’s housing targets are out-of-step with the Mayor’s London Plan, and residents are on the warpath against the Town Hall’s planning chief, reports BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent When Paul Scott, the architect behind Croydon’s disastrous planning and housing policies, … Continue reading

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Council to borrow another £30m to buy Brick by Brick flats

EXCLUSIVE: A local authority already £1.5bn in debt and nursing a coronavirus overspend of £65m now wants to increase its borrowing further, as the failed in-house housebuilder needs another bail-out. By STEVEN DOWNES Alison Butler and Simon Hall, part of … Continue reading

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Generation Rent warns of half-a-million in covid arrears

Homelessness will triple this year unless the government acts to end the rent debt crisis faced by private renters as a result of the economic shock of coronavirus, the campaign group Generation Rent has warned today. While the government has … Continue reading

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Sandrock owners reveal monster plans to tower over Shirley

Twice in the past two years, residents in Shirley have seen off attempts by rapacious developers to erect an ugly monster among the modest dwellings that surround the Sandrock, a locally listed Victorian pub. On one previous application, even the … Continue reading

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UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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Scott called out over ‘gentrification’ of housing in Croydon

JANE NICHOLL reports on how Black Lives Matter activists responded to councillors’ ‘meaningless words’ at a community-led event at Park Hill Croydon Council’s failing housing policies cannot escape criticism, even at a Black Lives Matter protest which some leading Labour … Continue reading

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Barratt helps care home keep in touch during lockdown

Housebuilders Barratt London have donated a tablet to a Wallington care home, to help residents stay connected with friends and family during the covid-19 outbreak. The tablet, which was delivered last week to the Bridge House Care Centre on London … Continue reading

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‘Utter disgrace’: 2,000 buildings still at risk from cladding

Three years since 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower disaster, more than 2,000 high-risk residential buildings are still covered with dangerous cladding, according to a parliamentary committee. The situation has been slammed as “an utter disgrace” by the Fire … Continue reading

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Residents call for end to planning meetings for ‘cowboys’

One of the borough’s largest organisations representing the interests of residents has called on the council to stop all planning committee meetings until the covid-19 emergency is over – and they have singled out the Brick by Brick proposal to … Continue reading

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Town Hall increases ‘irrational’ spending on medical tests

Croydon Council spent nearly £17,000 in the past year on medical assessments of often vulnerable people which were carried out by a private health firm without even speaking to them, let alone examining them. The assessments, by a company called … Continue reading

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BxB’s daylight robbery and the magic vanishing trees of Kenley

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Brick by Brick spends thousands on specialist reports to support its planning applications – if only the claims made in one set of documents they submit did not contradict the solemn statements made elsewhere. GEOFF JAMES has done … Continue reading

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Covid death rates linked to poverty and high-density housing

Official death rate figures from the ONS show that over-intensification of housing has played a part in helping the spread of coronavirus, as Croydon’s NHS chief warns against ‘inequalities’. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon has suffered a far … Continue reading

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Endangered butterfly ignored in Brick by Brick flats application

Hutchinson’s Bank, near New Addington, has a worldwide reputation as a conservation reserve, having been supported at its very beginning by Sir David Attenborough. But that hasn’t stopped the latest dubious scheme from council builders ‘Trick by Trick’. STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Estate agents predict housing market to fall by up to 10%

Market forecasts made by estate agents this month estimate that more than half a million home sales would be “lost” this year because of the coronavirus lockdown, with some saying that house prices could drop by as much as 10 … Continue reading

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Despite City Hall criticism, it’s Carry On Regardless for Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The council will carry on striving to meet unnecessarily high planning targets just because they choose to do so. But their arbitrary targets have already been shown to have unacceptable consequences and to be unsustainable, writes GEOFF JAMES … Continue reading

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Putting Mr Blobby in charge is Newman’s latest blunder

TOWN HALL SKETCH: If a council’s planning deliberations have to be seen and heard to meet the requirements for democracy laid down by law, then Croydon could be in a spot of trouble, writes WALTER CRONXITE Well, that was a … Continue reading

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