Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry and related news

This is in addition to the earlier  postings about evidence given by Susan Oliver and Sean Creighton.

Help traders petition to Prime Minsiter

A petition has been started to the Prime Minister urging him to help the traders in the CPO area, to ‘be given the opportunity to continue trading within the new development.

  1. Help existing businesses continue trading and survive during the construction of the new development.
  2. Continue having the local interdependent businesses environment where stocks is source locally and wealth is kept within the local economy (including local job creation)
  3. Providing a diversity of offer from local businesses and not just national chain.


Marks & Spencer’s might leave Croydon


Town Centre apartments being marketed as if CPO approved

I have submitted a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority on the grounds that the Menta/Redrow/Colliers International advertisement for the Morello development at East Croydon in the 5 February Croydon Guardian (p. 31) is misleading in that it states: ‘£1 billion Westfield luxury shopping and leisure centre coming to Croydon’. Menta and Redrow are presuming that you will recommend approval of the CPO and that this will be endorsed by the Secretary of State. 1 bedroom apartments in this development are being marketed at between £340-355,000; 2 beds between £403-£433,000; and 3 beds £435-£490,000. I drew this advertising to the attention of the CPO Inquiry Inspector in my evidence on 5 March.

Unaffordability of Town Centre apartments

At Saffron House, which has not yet been completed prices for one beds start at £360,000, and 2 beds range from £420- £499,950.  Phase 1 of the island block in St James’s Rd is being launched on 21 March. Prices are not given in Haart’s advertisement in the Croydon Guardian of 25 February (p. 33), but websites have Phase 2 2 beds priced £398-£425,000.

Sean Creighton drew this to the attention of the CPO Inquiry Inspector in his evidence on 5 March stating: ‘Such prices show how such housing, including that proposed under the CPO, have nothing to do with meeting the needs of Croydon’s residents, as these are not affordable to a substantial section of the population. They are not necessarily for people who wish to become Croydon’s residents. James Moody of Redrow has blogged the development into China in Chinese.’ See details at:



Families being kept out of Town Centre

See my latest commentary at


More MIPIM junketing

The Council continues to sell itself to developers at their big events like MIPIM.


Analysts cannot agree about Hammerson’s share value



Power List rankings

John Burton, director of development at Westfield is No. 1 on Croydon  Advertiser’s  Croydon power list and Carolyn Kenney, director of retail development at Hammerson No. 15 on.



No slip road along Surrey St

Following his Freedom of Information response from the Council that they knew of no plan to create a slip road from the A232 into the Whitgift redevelopment area via Surrey Street, Tfl has now informed him that they know of no plan either.

Closed door planning excludes public scrutiny


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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One Response to Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry and related news

  1. Rosie Hunter says:

    Sean Creighton, community warrior. I tip my hat to you.

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