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.
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.
Londoners lose out from 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.