Growing Debate on Regeneration of Croydon

With less than a month to the start of the Westfield/Hammerson development CPO Inquiry on 3 February there is growing comment on the redevelopment of Croydon.

Architecture author John Grindrod reviews an old television documentary and sees some interesting warnings for the town’s present day regeneration.

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/01/09/back-to-the-future-to-find-lessons-from-croydons-past

Inside Croydon adds more detail about the documentary at

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/01/09/video-alphaville-and-sir-richard-rogers-massive-erection

It also looks at warnings from the USA on retail centres:

http://insidecroydon.com/2015/01/07/could-dead-mall-syndrome-be-coming-to-a-high-street-here

Andrew Kennedy of Croydon Transition Town comments that ‘One of the claimed community benefits of the Westfield Hammerson development is supposed to be additional “public” space on the roof of the new buildings but it won’t really be public. Here’s the test !!!’ referring to

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/dec/30/what-i-want-from-our-cities-in-2015-public-spaces-that-are-truly-public-boris-johnson-london

Meanwhile there is a proposed flyover at Fiveways:

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Fiveways-flyover-cut-traffic-Westfield-arrival/story-25830229-detail/story.html

As rents continue to rise in Croydon and elsewhere in London so there is a call for a cap on rents that can be charged:

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2015-01-06/campaigners-call-for-200-cap-on-london-rents

The Council’s proposed selective landlord scheme is now going to consultation with surrounding Boroughs:

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/crackdown-plans-on-poor-housing-go-to-nine-boroughs

An assessment of the impact of the Westfield scheme on Shepherd’s Bush is at

http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/18/opportunity-knocks-at-sought-after-shepherds-bush-4802696

A plain guide to the planning system can be seen at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plain-english-guide-to-the-planning-system

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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