Are Croydon Labour leadership’s development ambitions beginning to collapse?

Government stops Purley tower block

Croydon’s Labour leadership has suffered a major defeat as the Government has blocked the proposed Purley Tower following a public inquiry following strong opposition from residents and their associations. The leadership backed by most of the Labour Councillors has a policy of approving housing schemes regardless of their impact, design, appropriateness and ignoring other policies with their own Local Plan. Unfortunately it is only large schemes that can be called in for inquiry by either the Government or the Mayor of London.

https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/croydon-news/purley-skyscraper-now-wont-built-2288289

https://insidecroydon.com/2018/12/05/penthouse-floor-for-purley-skyscraper-was-a-poor-design

Whether the leadership will learn any lessons from what it regards as a set back remains to be seen.

Croydon Council loses £3.5m+ on landlord licence scheme

 Between October 2015 when it was started and 31 March 1918 the Council has lost over £3.5m on its private landlord licensing scheme.

There are 16,187 landlords and 33,041 properties registered.

There are 10.6 FTE licensing officers (processing of applications and issuing licences), 5 full time technical officers and 1 admin officer specifically for licensing, plus 10.3 FTE officers spend part of their time dealing with licensing (inspections, complaints, investigations of non-compliance)

Croydon Private Rented Property Licensing Budget to end of 2017 18 (1)

Response (October) to Freedom of Information request

Is Croydon Council gambling with public money?

https://insidecroydon.com/2018/12/04/councils-property-deals-are-gambling-with-public-money

Planning Chair loves Leon House homes conversion

https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/croydon-news/look-inside-leon-house-redevelopment-2289295

Croydon highest for water leaks

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/17274573.croydon-takes-title-of-uks-leakiest-town

All the wasted water contributes to the danger that Croydon faces a water shortage as new housing and office developments increase the demand.

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/water-shortage-croydon-sustainability

Child Poverty in Croydon

As part of a study of child Poverty across London, Child Poverty Action Group has published a briefing on poverty in Croydon.

Croydon CPAG briefing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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