The obsession of the Planning Chair Paul Scott to approve most housing schemes on the grounds that the Government, the London Mayor and the Croydon Local Plan 2018 all require a massive increase in new homes, leaves aside the issue of whether the new homes developers are providing meet the actual needs that the Council has identified in relation to its waiting and transfer lists and the homeless and the affordability of units for the young. It also means that quantity of new homes is being used like a tank through the other objectives of the Local Plan in relation to lifetime housing, family size units of 3 and more bedrooms, the importance of the green environment and health and well-being.
While you would expect private developers to try and ignore all these other considerations, but not a development company owned by the Council. As Croydon Assembly said in its manifesto for the May local elections Brick by Brick is behaving just like a private developer, and needs to be made more accountable, and on schemes on Council estates subject to a ballot of residents.
The three labour movement organisations oppose the development on the green space on the corner of Coombe and Edridge Rds because of the loss of small green amenity space. Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly’s Environment Forum argued the case for protection for such sites in the consultation and the public hearings on the Croydon Local Plan. But the Council refused to listen and modify the Plan. Therefore a large number of small green spaces owned by the Council across the Borough could be under threat from Brick by Brick.
The three organisations have not asked to speak at the Committee meeting tomorrow so that the 3 minutes that is allowed for all objectors can be used by resident objectors. A letter has been sent to the members of the Planning Committee.