Council News & Issues at 11 May

Thursday 18 May. 6.30pm. Council Planning Committee

16/06526/FUL 585-603 London Road
Demolition of existing structures and buildings at 585-603 London Road, erection of 3 four/five storey buildings comprising 593 hotel (C1) and aparthotel rooms (C1) and ancillary services the formation of new vehicular accesses onto London Road and Dunheved Road North, new public realm, car, coach and cycle parking, landscaping and refuse and recycling facilities.
Recommendation: Grant permission subject to a legal agreement

16/06491/FUL 24 Station Road, South Norwood
Erection of a four/five storey building comprising 10 one bedroom and 4 two bedroom flats and 227 sq m commercial space (Flexible Use Class A1-A3 and D1) together with landscaping and other associated works.
Recommendation: Grant permission

16/06505/FUL Land and Garages at Goodenough Way and Ellis Road, Coulsdon
Demolition of existing garages, substation, refuse stores and community centre. Erection of 7 buildings varying in height between two and three storeys comprising 18 three bedroom and 4 two bedroom houses and 14 two bedroom and 4 one bedroom flats and 161 sq m community centre space (Use Class D1). Provision of associated car parking, landscaping and other associated works.
Recommendation: Grant permission subject to a legal agreement

16/06352/FUL 19-21 Russell Hill, Purley
Demolition of existing buildings, erection of two storey detached building with basement and accommodation in roof space comprising three bedroom, 5 two bedroom and 9 one bedroom flats and erection of 6 three bedroom semi detached house. Provision of associated access, parking and landscaping.
Recommendation: Grant permission subject to a legal agreement

16/06276/FUL Land south of 25-39 Drovers Road

Erection of a three storey building comprising 9 one bedroom flats togethe with provision of car parking, landscaping and other associated works
Recommendation: Grant permission

17/01046/FUL Former site of Taberner House and The Queen’s Gardens, Park Lane
Erection of four buildings ranging in height from 13 to 35 storeys comprising 514 residential units (use class C3), flexible A1/A2/A3/A4/B1/D1 space at ground floor level of the buildings, new basement areas (including demolition of parts of existing basement), landscaping (including re-landscaping of Queens Gardens), new pavilion cafe in Queens Gardens (use class A3), access, servicing and associated works
Ward: Fairfield
Recommendation: Grant permission subject to a legal agreement

For full papers see:

New Council Initiatives

Parks Grants programme

Choice-based lettings scheme

Partnership to help homeless workers

Scrutiny News

Tories refer 20mph zones approval to Scrutiny

The Tory Councillors have referred the 20mph zones approval decision by the Traffic Management Advisory Committee to the Scrutiny Committee on the grounds that the action on the decision should be postponed while an assessment of the effects of the existing Zones is carried out. While there are opinions both for an against having zones there are key issues relating to monitoring, enforcement, and other motorists pressuring compliant drivers to go faster, or speeding up to overtake. Zones may still need additional traffic calming measures. Given it is usual for Council Committees not to meeting (apart from Planning) the holding the Advisory Committee during the General Election was a surprise given the strong party political division on zones.

Fairfield Halls Developments

What did happen at Scrutiny over the proposed operator?

Tory Councillor Helen Pollard (took notes whilst she was at the Scrutiny meeting. They are publicly accessible on the Conservative Councillors website. Andrew Kennedy who was present in the public gallery says that they ‘appear to … be a pretty accurate reflection as to what happened.

What is happening with the  refurbishment?

Robert Ward discusses at

Other Council Issues

Does Schools Admission Table Help?

The Council has published a table of the demand for primary schools against the maximum number of children who can be on the school role. Does this help parents? Is is clear that some schools are greatly oversubscribed so parental wishes cannot be met. This raises the question of which schools unsuccessful applicants will go to.

What do you make of Croydon’s Quarters?

Rob Preston discusses 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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