Croydon Planning News & Issues At 10 February

The 69 story tower at 1 Lansdowne Rd

Andrew Kennedy posted up about this new application on Historic Croydon. At the time the documents had not been posted up. They were finally posted up on 9 February and the consultation period starts on 10 February. Typically with so many applications the closing date for comments is not posted up. I have taken this issue up with Pete Smith, Head of Development Management, in respect of applications in Norbury.

There have been several comments on Andrew’s posting – see

The application can be seen at

16/00471/P | Demolition of existing buildings; erection of part 11, part 39, part 69 storey…

Multi-storey carpark behind College Green to be demolished

Croydon Council’s  Housing Development and Regeneration team is seeking planning permission (16/00382/P ) to demolish the NCP Car Park on Barclay Rd behind College Green. The supporting statement can be seen at

More Employment Buildings to be Lost

Ash Davidson Ltd is seeking full planning permission for the demolition of existing warehouse/storage buildings at 113 & 113A Queen’s Road, Croydon, CR0 2PT. It also plans to refurbish and extend the existing house and build  new attached building to create 3 one, 2 two, 2 three bedroom flats; 3 two bedroom family dwellings. Note that a driveway will run between the buildings at the front of the site to the three houses at the back. Application No. 16/00401/P.  The Design statement is at:

The site plan is at

Kenley Police Station to be converted into flats

Krinvest Ltd of 60 Central Rd, Morden has submitted a planning application (16/00393/P ) to convert the former Kenley Police Station building at 96 Godstone Road, Kenley, CR8 5AB into  1 one, and 1 three bedroom and 1 studio flats.

The Design Statement is at

Details of attempts to find community users is document in

 Surface Water Run-off Problems

As members of residents associations and of the Croydon TUC Croydon Assembly Environment Forum Jay Ginn and I attended an Institute of Civil Engineers lecture on 3 February given by Dr. Jean Venables. She gave a devestating critique of the failure of policies and practices on flood prevention and surface water drainage. The policies are fragmented so it is not a planning issue but subject to building regulations, and the legislative framework is fragmented between water, land drainage, environmental, and habitat.

While she had much to say about the futility and waste of money of much flood defence works, she also discussed problems with the way surface water run off is treated is a problem. She cited the way in which local authorities take up permeable York stone paving and replace it with non-permeable, plant street trees without open earth surrounds capable of acting as soakaways for rainwater on pavements as well as watering the trees, and street and car park raised beds not having gaps at the bottom to allow surface water to flow into them. . Water courses can get blocked by resident son either side letting their hedge and grass cuttings drop into them reducing the flow. Other residents put sheds on top of culverts and brooks again reducing the flow. She illustrated good sustainable drainage design with reference to the River Quaggy in Sutcliffe Park.

Pumping water away is carbon heavy because of the energy used. Rainwater runoff needs to be kept separate from sewage disposal pipes. It was clear that the problems of run off and localised flooding that can be caused as a result of the Cane Hill housing development and the extra houses being planned for Pollards Hill, cannot be dealt with as a planning issue.

Land Drainage and planning are separate

Land drainage applications are dealt with separately from planning.  Daisi Osibona, Senior Engineer – Network Maintenance in Highways at Croydon Council tells  me (email 9 February).

‘The council has not processed any requests for ordinary watercourse consent. We have received one application in error as it referred to a main river.

As Lead Local Flood Authority, we have been consulted to comment on all major developments with regards to use of sustainable drainage since 16th April 2015. To date this has been approx. 56 planning applications.’

The applications are not subject to a public register so members of the public do not know what these 56 applications have been for.

There are two new planning applications which raise questions about how surface water run-off will be treated.

Will Quest House Landscaping be water run-off efficient?

Durkan Ltd is seeking approval for landscaping proposals for its scheme at Quest House, 11 Cross Road, Croydon, CR9 6EW. An important question arising from the Institute of Civil Engineers lecture on flooding on 3 February is whether landscaping allows for soaking up of surface and rainwater, through the use of permeable paving surfaces, ground level holes for water into run into raised bedding areas. The details of the application  can be analysed at

The Quest House project involves 5 one, 49 two and 19 three bedroom flats; erection of two storey roof extension and extension to rear; provision of balconies, terraces, gardens, communal amenity space, roof garden and associated parking, bicycle and refuse storage areas Yet another loss of employment building and backlands development.

Will Proposed All Weather School Pitch Soak Up Surface Water?

St David’s School in Woodcote Valley Rd, Purley is seeking to replace a grass pitch by a sand based MUGA all weather playing field. The one issue that does not seem to be addressed is whether the new surface will be water permeable to allow rainwater to soak into the ground as it does at the moment through the grass area. If it does not then how will rainwater be drained off the pitch, and where will it run to?

The planning statement (Application No.  16/00091/P) can be seen at



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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