Category Archives: Property

‘The Fold’: former council-owned site takes a gamble with name

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on the latest laugh-out-loud move by developers working in the centre of Croydon While this website might be loathe to echo one of the catchphrases of one of the more notorious tabloid columnists, you really … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, Croydon Council, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Call for objections to scheme that threatens No1 Croydon

Councillors in Addiscombe are asking the public to lodge objections to a planning application for a tall tower block – another one – close to East Croydon Station. Developers Fifth State want to demolish the unprepossessing CityLink House office building … Continue reading

Posted in 101 George Street, Addiscombe West, East Croydon, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Menta Tower, No1 Croydon, Patricia Hay-Justice, Property, Ruskin Square, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Buyers beware: High Court judge puts planners in the dock

A High Court judge has ruled against Croydon’s planning department, quashing the decision of a senior council official to grant permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead. Here, former council planner STEVE WHITESIDE explains how the court ruling could … Continue reading

Posted in Aventier, Business, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Property, Purley, Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown, Sanderstead, Selsdon & Ballards, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Roadworks on Green Belt cause worries for Addington villagers

There’s agitation among Addington villagers, after a local landowner erected gates to block public access to a large field and has started to build an access road through Green Belt land, all apparently without any planning permission or agreement with … Continue reading

Posted in Addington, Addington Residents' Association, Community associations, Croydon Central, Environment, Planning, Property, Robert Ward, Sarah Jones MP, Selsdon and Addington Village | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council flogs off hotel for less than £29.8m it cost to buy

CROYDON IN CRISIS: While one Labour MP dines out with a notorious property lobbyist whose employees include the council’s deputy leader, one of the firm’s clients has snapped up the Croydon Park Hotel at a bargain basement price. EXCLUSIVE By … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Callton Young, College Green, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Housing, Improvement Board, London-wide issues, Planning, Property, Steve Reed MP, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Tory austerity has been the cause of thousands of extra deaths

The Conservative Party’s ‘reckless’ and ‘ruthless’ policy over the last decade has seen life expectancy rates reversed and put 150 local authorities into deep financial difficulties Tory austerity over the last decade has been responsible for the deaths of tens … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Health, Property, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Save The Glam campaigners ask community to buy a share

Crunch time is approaching the Save the Glamorgan campaign, as they are asking supporters to dig into their pockets to secure the future of the 170-year-old building on Cheery Orchard Road, close to East Croydon Station. The group that was … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, East Croydon, Property, Pubs | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Barratts celebrate latest award for Cane Hill development

Barratt’s Cane Hill Park development, 677 homes built on the 210-acre site around the former mental hospital in Coulsdon that was gifted to the developers by Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London, has won the “completed development” category … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Business, Cane Hill, Coulsdon, Housing, Mayor of London, Property | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Hong Kong finance crisis could hit £500m Nestlé Tower scheme

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Work on an ‘iconic’ town centre tower block seems to have been halted, as reports from China suggest the company behind the project may be struggling. By STEVEN DOWNES There are growing fears that another multi-million-pound town … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon Council, Growth Zone, Housing, Nestle Tower, Property, Segas House, St George's Walk | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Labour break Coulsdon promises because ‘We need the money’

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on how the council’s  planning department has broken the land speed record to push through the £1m sale of a site that was earmarked for a community centre The consequences of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, CALAT, Callton Young, Colm Lacey, Community associations, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Croydon South, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Hamida Ali, Health, Jo Negrini, Parking, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley Hospital, St Helier Hospital, Stuart King | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Glamorgan campaigners in race against time to save old pub

The clock is ticking for campaigners to save an historic pub near East Croydon Station, with less than three months to raise the money to buy the building from its current owners. The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road has been … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Cronx Brewery, East Croydon, Property, Pubs | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Planning chief wants to give permission to more blocks of flats

As Croydon Tories get their facts wrong (again) and heap praise on the borough’s planners, a council director warns that she wants to green-light more developments. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s planning chief, wants the council to grant even … Continue reading

Posted in 2021 Mayor Referendum, 2022 council elections, Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning, Property, Richard Chatterjee, Shirley | Tagged , , | 30 Comments

Purley local hits out: ‘It’s always developers before residents’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: This week BRIAN WATSON, a leading member of the Foxley Residents’ Association, vented his frustrations at the inappropriate building works and overdevelopment being allowed in his corner of the borough by writing a letter to the council leader, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Katherine Kerswell, Kenley, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

After eight-year wait, Croydon delivers homes on Taberner site

Eight years since the old council offices, Taberner House, that stood on the site, was vacated, and many months later than the council’s chosen developers had planned for the build to be complete, the ribbon was cut this week on … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Housing, London-wide issues, Malcolm Wicks MP, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Taberner House, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fire Brigade confirms ‘stay put’ is not its policy in tower blocks

Residents in a tower block on Regina Road claim that they may have been misled over fire safety procedures for their homes, after alarms failed to sound when blaze broke out last month. A senior council official sent a letter … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, London Fire Brigade, Property, Regina Road Residents' Support Group, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon parks, Environment, Heathfield, Heathfield House, History, Property, Riesco Collection, Sarah Hayward, Schools, Selsdon & Ballards, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

#Macarnage: Not a single ‘affordable’ home from Coulsdon plot

Next in the firing line for Macar Developments is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house on Coulsdon Court Road, which the developers want to destroy and replace with six small terraced houses. The architecturally significant house was built as part … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Massive 247-flat scheme proposed for Purley Station site

Developers with ties to the Croydon Establishment move in on suburban town centre with a proposal for five blocks of flats that would cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium three times over Purley town centre, already the site of dozens … Continue reading

Posted in Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Barratts buy back Citiscape’s 95 cladding-blighted flats

Citiscape, the Barratts-built residential tower block on Drummond Road and Frith Road in Old Town, has become the first in Britain to be bought back by its builders in order to resolve issues around the building’s dangerous Grenfell-like aluminium composite … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Fairfield, Housing, Property | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

After eight-year wait, Taberner House flats near completion

A housing project which even Tony Newman and his numpties refused to entrust to Brick by Brick is finally nearing completion after an eight-year development saga. By our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES Eight years since the council moved out of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Queens Gardens, Taberner House, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Three ex-pubs are put up for sale as developers get cold feet

Community group has six weeks to find at least £1m to buy a once-successful  East Croydon boozer, as owners abandon plans to build flats Three former pubs have been put up for sale, as firms of developers appear set to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Business, Community associations, Housing, Maria Gatland, Planning, Property, Pubs, Shirley, South Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council puts hotel and College Green up for sale for just £40m

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Two prime sites, owned by the council, are the latest public assets to be off-loaded on the cheap. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The cash-strapped council’s fire-sale of public assets continues, with the Croydon Park Hotel and College … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Croydon Park Hotel, East Croydon, Housing, Jo Negrini, Property, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Whyteleafe league exit raises doubts over property investors

The Steven Gerrard Football Academy has tried to distance itself and the eponymous former Liverpool and England captain from any mention in the public outrage caused by two non-league football clubs being forced to quit their home grounds after they … Continue reading

Posted in Football, Kenley, Outside Croydon, Property, Sport, Surrey, Tandridge District Council, Whyteleafe FC | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

CAMRA counts cost of covid as 12 local pubs fail to reopen

A local beer campaign organisation says that at least a dozen pubs in Croydon and Sutton that closed their doors at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 may have called “last orders” for a final time. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon and Sutton CAMRA, Property, Pubs, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Burger chain Wendy’s eyes town centre site in return to UK

Wendy’s, the American burger restaurant chain, is coming to Croydon, with big plans for a prime location in the town centre as part of a big expansion throughout Britain. The group has submitted plans for a restaurant on two levels … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Property, Restaurants | Tagged , | 4 Comments