Category Archives: Housing

Only 16% of council’s Fairfield flats project will be affordable

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the latest signs of desperation to fix Brick by Brick’s failing finances The planning application being considered by the charade that will pass for a planning committee meeting next Thursday is for a scheme … Continue reading

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£120m Brick by Brick scheme to get ‘virtual’ planning meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon Council is using the pandemic lockdown to lock out the public from the planning process Council leader Tony Newman has ignored calls from residents’ groups, his own Labour councillors and a local MP … Continue reading

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£90m West Croydon deal promises 55% affordable homes

The developers behind a massive residential scheme in an old entertainment venue on Streatham High Road and the redevelopment into luxury flats of the Star and Garter home on Richmond Hill have spent £90million to move in on West Croydon. … Continue reading

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65 homes on brownfield site: professionals show how to do it

The development novices at Brick by Brick, who managed to sell just eight housing units in 2019, and their slow-working contractors might want to have a chat with the construction professionals who have just completed 65 new homes overlooking the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus being used as ‘smokescreen’ for estate demolition

It is not just in Croydon that residents’ groups have been alert to the inherent risks of placing the entire planning system into the hands of a few unelected council officials. The delegated planning powers, prompted by the coronavirus emergency, … Continue reading

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Residents on high alert to keep check on planning applications

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on the 9-9-9 emergency for some roads in the south of the borough Last week’s decision to delegate all planning decisions to council officials, removing even a vestige of cover offered by the planning committee … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick CEO says company has sold 6 houses. Or is it 5?

Our overdevelopment correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on the latest admission of incompetence from Croydon Council’s loss-making house-builders Five. Or it might be six. Colm Lacey, the former council employee who has been promoted way beyond his skills and abilities to … Continue reading

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The latest Croydon carbuncle: Riddlesdown’s own glasshouse

Another day, another Croydon carbuncle. This time it is a block of 18 flats in a gargantuan five-storey block plonked between the suburban detached houses of Mitchley Avenue, Riddlesdown, as proposed by Vita Homes.

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Community housing trust awards pupils prizes for new logo

Back in the good old days – you may remember them when kids went to school, adults went down the pub, and you could buy an almost inexhaustible supply of bog roll in the shops – some people were making … Continue reading

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Council in appeal to private landlords to offer rent holidays

Days after other councils in London stepped in to demand that private landlords offer rent breaks and financial help to their tenants affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Croydon has stepped in to do the same. Yesterday, the council issued a … Continue reading

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Estate agents’ report highlights the crisis in Croydon housing

BARRATT HOLMES, our overdevelopment correspondent, on  a report from housing experts which shows how the council has been ignoring its own planning policies, to the detriment of neighbourhoods around the borough As the borough’s residents’ associations go to battle with … Continue reading

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How Croydon’s planners have been giving a lift to developers

Planning policy requires that, apart from in ‘exceptional circumstances’, all new housing should have ‘step-free’ access. STEVE WHITESIDE has been looking at whether the council is always meeting those requirements when it grants planning permission to blocks of flats Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Scaled-down town centre development could take 10 years

MT WALLETTE, our unbuilt shopping malls correspondent, reports on the deep hole that Croydon has got itself into over the aborted Westfield development Croydon Council has allowed itself to be mugged by a couple of multi-national developers, and has handed … Continue reading

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Barwell cashes in on his ‘expertise’ as an ex-housing minister

Gavin Barwell, the author of How To Lose A Marginal Seat, is sticking his snout in the trough ever deeper. Despite being firmly rejected by the voters of Croydon in 2017, the former Conservative MP and housing minister who ignored … Continue reading

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MP Jones calls for end to ‘permitted development’ conversions

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones has called on the government to scrap “permitted development” rules which allow developers to convert offices into the “slums of the future” without the consent of local councils. Even though Croydon’s Labour-run council blocked further … Continue reading

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If you had the choice, would you want a flat or a house?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the Labour-run council and its planning department continues its unrelenting drive for overdevelopment, one resident from the south of the borough, LUCIA BRIAULT, asks whether what is being built is what the public actually wants Let me … Continue reading

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Copley appointment puts City Hall selection in the mixer

The announcement that Tom Copley is to be London’s deputy mayor for housing will stir up Labour’s selection and election battles for the London Assembly, with the city going to the polling stations in May. Copley, who has been an … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Housing, James Murray, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kakistocracy: Butler forced into £6m bail-out of Brick by Brick

On Monday night in the Town Hall chamber, while keeping a straight face (perhaps she even believes her own bullshit?), Alison Butler actually tried to claim that Brick by Brick, the council-owned in-house house-builder “is delivering homes and is delivering … Continue reading

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Negrini’s legacy on housing is also costing Newham millions

Loss-making Brick by Brick failing to meet its targets for delivering affordable housing. Surprised, you say? There’s no reason to be surprised, because it was entirely predictable, and across London, in Newham, a very similar in-house house-building scheme is also … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick fail to apologise for shared ownership bungling

Brick by Brick, the loss-making council-owned house-builder, last night finally ended their silence and admitted that they are not able to sell homes under any shared ownership schemes. Seven days after Inside Croydon broke the news that Brick by Brick … Continue reading

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Empty homes in Croydon soar by 50% with Butler in charge

The number of empty homes in Croydon increased by almost 50 per cent in the first four years that Alison Butler was the cabinet member for housing in the borough. Those are some of the shocking figures released today by … Continue reading

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Sanderstead and Riddlesdown lead battle to save Green Belt

In 1953, the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council was granted a coat of arms, and this included two trees, one an oak to represent the Purley Oaks and the other a beech for Purley Beeches. In 2020, Croydon Council … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Housing, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MP Jones suggests Croydon points the way for national policy

Sarah Jones, re-elected last month as the Labour MP for Croydon Central, says that her campaign in the General Election offers key lessons for her party as it picks up the pieces after a shattering defeat. Writing a lengthy article … Continue reading

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Purley residents consider judicial challenge to planners

Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the gathering storm over the council’s housing targets, with the administration accused of allowing ‘planning policy in this borough to be hijacked by one or two individuals’ The Town Hall’s under-fire planning department could soon … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Simon Brew | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

‘Time to close down Brick by Brick’ call by Croydon Tories

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the reaction to the latest shambles and scandal to emerge from the council’s failing house-building company Croydon Conservatives have today called for the Labour-run council to close down its loss-making in-house house-builder, Brick … Continue reading

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