Croydon Housing  and Offices News at 9 August

Court rules against offices to flats schemes

A legal ruling has upset the Government’s wish for developers to convert empty offices to flats without planning permission and without making  Section 106/Community Infrastructure Levy contributions. Hopefully this may result in all future office block conversions having to be subject to planning permission and proper planning standards.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2015/aug/07/victory-for-affordable-housing-as-court-throws-out-insane-government-policy

Croydon Council has been waiting for its Town Centre ban on such conversions to come into force. Its concern is mainly about the small size of the units created.  Hopefully the Court ruling will now prevent Criterion Capital’s plans to convert Apollo and Lunar Houses.

Meanwhile the Council is using two former blocks of offices, and is negotiating the use of a third on London Rd, as temporary accommodation for homeless families to end the use of bed and breakfast.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-placing-homeless-families-flats/story-27506720-detail/story.html

Londoners lose out from property boom

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/jul/31/london-housing-rent-shortage-corruption-luxury-property-boom

Office developer avoids paying for project

Freshwater has plans to redevelop  96 George Street and adjoining land to  provide up to 100,000 sq ft of newly developed offices with immediate access to the mainline railway station. Yet despite having loads of money it has teamed up with Croydon BID to back a crowdfunding project to raise money from business to improve College Square.

http://www.developcroydon.com/News/Archive/2452/03-08-2015/Crowdfunding-Bid-to-create-a-town-centre-oasis#sthash.XPVHDX3C.IIfjSODG.dpbs

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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