Croydon TUC, Assembly & Unite Retired Members back rejection of Brick by Brick development next to Ruskin House

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.

Brick by Brick 5 July Planning Committee Coombe & Edridge Rds

 

 

 

 

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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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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