Croydon Planning and Development Issues at 3 December

Matthews Yard calls for developers to meet real needs

Matthews Yard has posted a passionate appeal for developers to meet the real needs of Croydon. Councillor Leader Tony Newman tweeted (26 November): ‘‘Croydon must & will retain it’s heart & soul, affordable housing, London Living wage support 4 the arts all with that in mind’

Matthews Yard to house start-ups

Matthews Yard off Surrey St Market is to double in size having taken on a second premises lease next door in order to house 30 start-up businesses.

Planning Committee defers decision on Ship Pub

Campaigners are delighted that the Planning Committee has deferred a decision on the retrospective planning application on the former Ship Pub building in South Norwood High St for reports on its A4 classification, the outcome of ACV nomination and a few other factors in relation to ensuring The Ship re-opens. It ‘is a positive result as it is forcing the planning department to go back and review what can be done to protect The Ship in greater detail. Hopefully, by the time of the next hearing the ACV will have been listed and it can be considered as material evidence.’ They particularly thank Councillor Hamida Ali for her speech and support, John Hickman who objected on behalf of the North Croydon Conservation Protection Advisory Group for objecting, and Mark Pickering for speaking on behalf of the Save the Ship.’ And: ‘A big thank you also to everyone who signed our petition, sent in an objection letter and completed our survey to prove viability of The Ship.’ Follow the campaign on Facebook  or @savetheshipse25

Using empty properties

Jonny Rose argues for using empty shops for pop-up businesses.

To what extent should developers be controlled?

Robert Ward argues against too many controls on developers.

Croydon Office rents to spiral

Croydon poised for 63 per cent surge in office rents by 2017 as the borough undergoes a revival

Croydon TUC’s working party on the Council’s growth plan last year warned that rising rents could have an adverse effect on small businesses especially in the new Tech fields, and that the Council needed to ensure that cheaper workspaces were available.

The Island

For details of the marketing of this development see:

Purley BID

Tory MP Chris Philp has threatened Tesco with a boycott if it does not back proposed Purley BID.

This is an example of why BIDs are a dubious form of business alliance. The Opportunity & Fairness Commission is supporting their extension. My submission on its interim report argues why it should not include support in its final report.


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 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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