Contents: Council meetings, Other meetings; Help protect two green spaces under threat, News, Croydon History News, Council Committees details, Latest Croydon Socio-Economic Data, New policy on rent charges for Council owned community buildings, Croydon Local Plan Review
The Council has announced that
the Local Plan Review consultation
has been extended to 20 January.
Tuesday 14 January. 6.30pm. Scrutiny and Oversight Committee – Question Time with Leader. See below.
Thursday 16 January Council Planning Committee. 6.30pm. Small victory re-multiple occupation. See below
Monday 20 January. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet. See below
Monday 20 January. Extension date for Croydon Local Plan review (Issues and Options) consultation. See below
Thursday, 23 January 7pm. Croydon Communities Consortium Public Meeting
St Michael’s Church Hall, Poplar Walk
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Help Protect Two Green Spaces Under Threat
Grangewood Park Victory
GOAT closes at Boxpark
Steve Reed calls for action against SPAC Nation Church
Has Croydon Got any Eco-friendlier? By Nicholas James, Wilson’s School
Croydon History News
206 London Road: The Codfather
Kake’s latest London Rd history posting:
West Croydon Station 1910
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the composer, collapsed at West Croydon Station in 1912. An image of the Station in 1910 can be seen at
Croydon & New South Wales
Tuesday 14 January. 6.30pm. Scrutiny and Oversight Committee
The Committee will be questioning Tony Newman the Leader of the Council particularly about the Strategy & Policy Forward Plan 2020-2.
Thursday 16 January. 6.30pm. Council Planning Committee.
A small victory for resident campaigners will be approved by the Committee when it adopts the Article 4 Direction to limit multi-occupation with effect on 28 January.
‘The conversion of C3 housing to a small house in multiple occupation can be carried out under permitted development rights and unlike some permitted development rights, this change of use does not even require prior approval. Therefore, there is currently no consideration of the environment, neighbour amenity or the loss of family homes that would otherwise be required as part of a planning application process, determined in accordance with the development plan. Therefore and in accordance with paragraph 53 of the NPPF and the supporting guidance, it is considered that the most appropriate way to address these issues is to apply a borough-wide Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights.’
50 representations were received during last year’s consultation ‘with the majority of representations (72%) indicating that they were supportive of the Article 4 Direction. ‘Many representations also took the time to highlight issues with current HMOs in their local area as a main reason for supporting the use of an Article 4 Direction. Other supportive representations cited the loss of family homes and the impact of conversions on the surrounding neighbourhood and infrastructure. Representations in some cases named specific areas where current HMOs were problematic (South Norwood, Bingham Road, Oval Road, West Thornton, Chatsworth Conservation Area, Norbury Crescent, Stanford Road and Blacksmith’s Hill). However, no area was identified multiple times.’
Monday 20 January. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet
The Cabinet will be largely considering education and child care matters. It will be deciding to bring the out-sourced school services back into the Council, with the Council/Head Teachers organisation Octavo being wound up. It is bringing in a new rent policy for buildings it owns which are managed by community and voluntary sector organisations. It will agree that Veolia staff working in the community should report incidences of fly tipping and street cleansing if and when observed. It will also note that the feedback from the monitoring visit in October 2019 by Ofsted to Croydon’s Early Help Services Children’s Social Care service was very positive.
‘Concerted and dynamic leadership continues to drive rapid progress in the quality of services for children in Croydon. Improvements were evident in almost all areas of practice reviewed during this monitoring visit. Progress over the last eight months has been sustained and is continuing to gain further momentum.’
The full agenda items list can be see at https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/g1879/Agenda%20frontsheet%2020th-Jan-2020%2018.30%20Cabinet.pdf
Latest Croydon Socio-Economic Data
The latest summary of Croydon Socio-Economic Data is contained in one of the education reports to the Cabinet meeting on 20 October.
Average gross earnings for male full-time workers is about £45 higher a week for those who work in Croydon than those who live in Croydon. For female full-time workers it is higher by about £12 a week
Out of work benefits claimants: March 2019 est. 10,105 people in Croydon claiming out of work benefits, a steady increase since March 2017. The proportion of out of work claimants is higher than the London and national (GB) proportion.
Homeless and Temporarily housed: 2,449 Croydon residents as at 31st March 2018. 5 in 10 are from the Black community. The majority applying for homelessness: 25–44 year old age group (58%)m – 29% of the total resident population in 2017. The most common reason for homelessness is parental evictions, followed by exclusions by relatives and friends.
Early Education Funding. 47% of the eligible 2 year old population benefitted from a funded early education place in January 2019, and 83% of 3 and 4 year olds. Take up is below the London and England averages.
Crime. ‘The overall number of offences committed in Croydon has fallen in recent years based on the last 10 financial years of reporting.’ The overall rate of offences per 1,000 population in Croydon is not as high as other parts of London.
Serious youth violence. ‘The number of victims of serious youth violence has increased slightly in recent years.’
Domestic Abuse. Croydon is in the top third of London councils for highest domestic abuse incidents: 18.2 per 1,000 of population for the 12 months to 31st March 2019. 76% were female. One in 3 (33%) in the 25-34 year age band. 23% were in the 35-44 year band and 18% were in the 18-24 year band.
Child/youth offences. 1,152 proven offences committed by children age 10-17 during the year ending 31 March 2018 . Increase of 29% on previous year. By far the highest proportion of proven offences committed is violence against the person. 88% of the youth offenders are male. 68.9% from BAME backgrounds (68.9% – London 63.5%).
Male Life Expectancy. Increased from c74 years in 1991-1993 to 80.3 years in 2014-2016. (London average for London 80.4; England 79.5.
Female Life Expectancy. Increased from just over 79 years to 83.6 years in the same period (London 84.2 years: England 83.1
Deprivation. ‘Croydon became relatively more deprived compared to other local authorities in England between 2010 and 2015 according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (produced by DCLG). … There continues to be geographic inequality in the distribution of deprivation in the borough with the north and southeast of the borough remaining more deprived. Some wards have low levels of disadvantage whilst others are amongst the most deprived in England.’
Child Income Deprivation. 23.2% of children live in families affected by income deprivation.
Child Population. 2017 est. 28,390 children aged under 5 and 52,368 aged 5 to 14.
Full details in:
New Policy on Rent Charges for Council
Owned Community Buildings
The Cabinet will be approving a policy on renting community halls its owns to voluntary and community sector organisations, to bring in a rent subsidy for three years ‘to provide some stability to VCS organisations, and enable them to plan in the medium to long term’. There will be annual monitoring and the ability to amend or remove rent subsidy if the recipient no longer qualifies.. Organisations will need to be: Community led, a co-operative or a social enterprise; properly constituted, with good governance; capable of sustainably, legally and safely managing an asset and delivering services; compliant with the Equality Act 2010; and willing to offer space (if available) and support to smaller groups. ‘The organisations will also need to provide services that support the Council’s VCS strategy … and these services must be delivered primarily for the benefit of Croydon residents. At least 75% of beneficiaries must be Croydon residents.’
‘Profit making organisations (other than co-operatives and social enterprises), faith groups using premises mainly for religious purposes, and organisations providing services to a restrictive membership group will be excluded from receiving rent subsidy.’
‘Where an organisation wholly or mainly sublets the premises to other organisations, then the property may be eligible for rent subsidy on condition that the subtenants are VCS organisations approved by the Council and the amount paid by the subtenant is no more than a charge to cover the organisation’s reasonable costs of managing and running the building. The organisation’s rent subsidy will only be reduced if it is making a profit from the arrangement.’
‘If an organisation receives rental contributions from other council grants or commissioning, they will not be eligible to apply for rental subsidy. This ensures there is no duplication in funding contribution.;
Further details can be seen at:
Croydon Local Plan Review
The Council has extended the consultation period for the Review to 20 January.
Have your say online and/or download the Issues and Options consultation material and find out how you can respond at www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanconsultation
‘We have declared a climate emergency, to tackle climate change and improve the environment for residents now and for future generations. We need more carbon neutral buildings, and we need new developments to be less reliant on the private car than ever before. Also, the importance of trees and green spaces in the borough has never been higher. Simultaneously, we have a duty to ensure we have sufficient and high quality homes for our population.
It is for these reasons above that we are currently reviewing the Croydon Local Plan. To assist us in this review, we are asking for your feedback on issues and options to plan for future development in the Local Plan.
This Issues and Options consultation stage presents the key issues and options for Croydon’s future, set out are three different possible strategies to direct growth across the borough, focused on different aspects of sustainability, and to meet housing need and the need for associated jobs and infrastructure.
The responses to the Issues and Options consultation will inform us how a reviewed Local Plan should be shaped and developed. Responding to the consultation online, will allow you to comment on the entire consultation or simply on the topics that mean the most to you.
The comments received during this consultation period, along with evidence based research, will be used to begin amending the policies and text within the current adopted Local Plan. We will publish a draft of the Local Plan review in autumn.’
Representations are welcomed by:
Taking part in an online survey at www.croydon.gov.uk/localplanconsultation;
Emailing email@example.com; or
Posting to Spatial Planning, Zone 6B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.
My personal submission
I have personally submitted suggestions on a number of Issues, which can be read here: