Welcome to our pages on planning issues within our area.
CVRA Planning Update on 23 November 2021
CVRA Local Planning Application Website
The above-mentioned application is live and covers all roads and post codes in your Association’s area, it’s available for use by all CVRA residents free of charge. The application is updated weekly with all new and currently outstanding planning application information, as well as having multiple search capability of planning history. Also if you want to register your email address within the application, you’ll be advised weekly when the Planning Table has been updated, together with a direct link into the application.
The application can be accessed directly from the following web link:
Planning Area A
The Croft, 3 Binfield Road
This planning application is for the demolition of the existing bungalow and replacing it with a pair of semi detached houses, one a 5 bedroom the other a 3 bedroom, which was Approved under Planning Dept delegated authority on the 10th July 2020.
In September 2021 a Section 73 notice was submitted to change the approved plans by removing the inset balconies and amending the forecourt layout and other minor changes which is pending consideration, as is the Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) that was submitted in May 2021.
15 Campden Road
This planning application is for the development of the land beside 15 Campden Road which has been vacant for a good number of years, although in March 2017 there was a planning approval granted for 5 flats which has now lapsed but did established a presumption of development on the site. The new proposal is also for 5 flats with 2 parking spaces and as expected this Planning Application was Approved under Planning Dept delegated authority on the 7th August 2020. A number of discharge notices were submitted in June 2021 that are still pending approval.
44 Castlemaine Avenue
This new planning application is for very considerable alterations and enlargement of this property.
Permission was refused under the planning dept delegated authority on 13th September 2021.
We understand the owners will be submitting a new planning application shortly.
50 Castlemaine Avenue
Planning approval was given in June 2019 for the demolition of the existing house and replacing it with a building of 9 flats with 4 parking spaces where construction work has not yet commenced. Read More
However a number of other residents in Castlemaine Avenue have written letters advising the solicitors of the deceased estate about the Restrictive Covenants and reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection. Subsequently the residents have engaged Mark Oakley of Judge and Priestley to act on their behalf.
Coombe Wood School
All building work fully completed on the new school with it being operational from earlier in the year.
6 Croham Park Avenue
This planning application was for very considerable alterations and enlargement of this property with an unacceptable roof design. Subsequently this application was refused on the 12th February 2021 under the Planning Dept Delegated Authority.
An Appeal was submitted which was subsequently dismissed.
A new planning application was submitted 1st October 2021 for an amended design, however this doesn’t differ greatly from the earlier application that was refused, nearby residents have raised objections.
80 Croham Road
This planning application is for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of two buildings, one of 6 flats with 3 parking bays the other for a terrace of 3 houses with 3 parking bays which by virtue of its bulk, mass and poor design will create an overbearing incompatible development.Read More
Subsequently the property is now being marketed with Appleton Estates at the reduced figure of £1.8 million and is under offer. Again a number of nearby residents have sent letters I’ve drafted to Appleton Estates advising them of the Restrictive Covenants, also reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection. Further, 80 Croham Road is now no longer under offer, it may be that the recent letters that have been sent to Appleton Estates have made the potential buyer think twice in view of the Restrictive Covenants or it may just be a coincidence and they’ve dropped out.
21 Melville Avenue
The approved planning application is for the demolition of the existing property replacing it with a building of 7 flats with 6 parking bays. The existing bungalow has been demolished and the site cleared ready for construction.
Planning Area B
Land R/O 128 and 126 Coombe Lane
This planning permission in principle (PIP) application for the erection of 7 two bedroom mews houses in the land to the rear of 126 & 128 Coombe Lane was Approved under Planning Dept delegated authority on the 15th July 2020. As this type of application only provides very limited information and although approved it would still be required to have either a Full or Outline Planning Application which would then follow the normal full planning approval process.
Land R/O 55 Crest Road Fronting on to Croham Valley Road
This planning application was submitted by the developer Red Banksia is for the erection of a terrace of 4 two storey 3 bedroom houses with accommodation in the roof space in the rear garden of this property fronting on to Croham Valley Road. This is a massive overdevelopment of the site which will add 12 bedrooms and potentially 20 persons without providing any off road parking. There’s a presumption of some development in this back garden due to an approval given in September 2019 for the erection of a 4 bedroom detached 2 storey house in this rear garden.Read More
Prior to this latest application going before the Committee for decision the owners of 55 Crest Road sold the bottom part of their back garden to Blue Banksia Ltd. The application received 196 objections including 3 objections from the owners of 55 Crest Road, as that it was assumed by the owners of 55 Crest Road that when they sold part of their rear garden to Blue Banksia Ltd that they would just build the approved 4 bedroom detached house, however the developer obviously had other plans for the site. This planning application went before the Planning Sub-Committee on the 21st October 2021 where it was approved by a vote of 3 to 2. This is also another property where there are Walton Heath Land Company Ltd Restrictive Covenants where I’ve drafted letters for the surrounding residents to send to Blue Banksia Ltd. These letters advise Blue Banksia Ltd of the Restrictive Covenants and reference to prior court case Whitgift Homes & Ors vs Pauline Stocks & Ors where almost identical Walton Heath Land Company Ltd Restrictive Covenants where upheld by the court even upon appeal which prevented development in Ruffetts Close, also the letters reserve the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection and further advise should they decide to on sell this plot of land with the planning approval, that they are under notice from us that all potential buyers must be advised by them or anyone acting on their behalf of the Restrictive Covenants and the Court Case upholding the Restrictive Covenants.
3 Croham Valley Road
This planning application submitted by Cobalt Construction for the demolition of the existing detached house and the erection of a five storey block of 7 flats with two storeys fronting Ballards Farm Road and with three basement levels going all the way down from Ballards Farm Road to Croham Valley Road plus 7 parking bays, this will add 14 bedrooms and potentially 24 persons. Read More
This is a massive over development of the site and a complete eyesore which is totally out of character with all the surrounding area. The developer has already paid for Planning Pre-Application advice from the Planning Department. This application went before the Planning Committee on the 3rd December 2020 at which it was approved. Construction work has commenced on the site and is proceeding at pace.
Land R/O 4 Croham Valley Road
The Croham Hurst Golf Club EGM has taken place with the approval of immediately selling the land at the rear of 4 Croham Valley Road to the developer Turnbull with the further intention of selling the house at 4 CVR sometime later.
5 Croham Valley Road
Planning approval was granted on the 27th February 2020 at the Planning Committee meeting for the demolition of the existing house and the erection two blocks of 3 houses with accommodation in the roof spaces. One block will front on to Croham Valley Road being 4 floors 4 bedroom houses with only 2 parking bays, the other block will front on to Ballards Farm Road being 3 floor 3 bedroom houses with 2 parking bays. Construction of the shell of the terrace of houses fronting on to Ballards Farm Road is complete with the terrace of house fronting on to Croham Valley Road having the shell of the houses almost completed for a 3 storey building.Read More
At the same time Sterling Rose continue to try to change the design of the 3 houses fronting Croham Valley Road from 4 floors to 3 floor houses and to what we consider to be a better appearance but have not been successful in obtaining approval up to now and are on their third attempt.
The supposed non material change was refused on the 17th September 2021 which will give Sterling Rose a major problem as they have already gone ahead and constructed a 3 storey building and not the 4 storey building that was approved.
6 Croham Valley Road
Planning approval was granted on the 27th February 2020 at the Planning Committee meeting for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of a two storey building comprising of 9 flats with accommodation in the roof space plus 8 parking bays. Demolition of the existing house commenced within one week of the approval and now construction work has moved at a great pace with the building fully completed and with some new residents having move in.
8 Croham Valley Road
Planning approval was granted on the 3rd December 2020 at the Planning Committee meeting for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of a three storey building comprising of 9 flats plus 9 parking bays. This is a massive overdevelopment of the site which will add 21 bedrooms and potentially 30 persons.
Construction is now well underway.
Land R/O 31-33 Croham Valley Road – Fronting on to Ballards Rise
Planning approval was granted on the 27th February 2020 at the Planning Committee meeting for the development of the land to the rear of 31/33 Croham Valley Road for the erection of 2 two storey detached buildings with accommodation within the roof space comprising of in total 8 flats. The original developer Silverleaf has now on sold the site to another developer Croham Valley Ltd late last year for £1100K. Construction on the site is proceeding at great pace with both shells of the two buildings completed with work now taking place on the interiors; the development is expected to be fully completed by year end.
35 Croham Valley Road
The developer Silver Leaf Developments is talking to the owners of this property which would open up 37 CVR and 35 CVR for development with access on to Ballards Rise. As there is Restrictive Covenants from Walton Heath Land Company restricting the site to either a detached or a semi-detached property.
I’ve drafted letters for the surrounding residents to send to the owners of this property mentioning the previous case of Whitgift Homes & Ors v Pauline Stocks & Ors where very similar Restrictive Covenant was upheld, also reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection. At least 3 residents have sent letters. Also the owners of this property have done considerable work in their rear garden altering the land levels in the part that’s closest to their house, also taking trees down and putting up a fence across their rear garden which has sub divided the plot. As a result of asking Planning Enforcement to look into this work that’s going on and whether it requires planning approval, Planning Enforcement have confirmed that planning approval is required and the owners must now submit a retrospective planning application.
Subsequently and of even greater concern is that further additional outbuilding work has taken place that has increased the size of the outbuilding which now appears to have been joined up to the main house building. Planning enforcement are going to revisit the site again.
37 Croham Valley Road
The developer Silverleaf Group has taken out an option to purchase the bottom of the rear garden of this property which is currently land locked. As there is Restrictive Covenants from Walton Heath Land Company restricting the site to either a detached or a semi-detached property. I’ve drafted letters for the surrounding residents to send to both the owners of this property and the developer with the option on part of the rear garden mentioning the previous case of Whitgift Homes & Ors v Pauline Stocks & Ors where very similar Restrictive Covenant was upheld, also reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection.
Land R/O 35 and 37 Croham Valley Road – Fronting on to Ballards Rise
This new outline planning application has been submitted by Silverleaf Group which is for the erection of 2 two storey buildings with accommodation in the roof spaces comprising of a total of 9 flats with the provision of 7 parking spaces. This is a back garden development that’s an over development of the site by virtue of its bulk and mass with the two buildings plus the 7 off road parking bays concreting over approximately 90% of the total site area. Read More
Croham Valley Road – Lower Part Where There’s All the Construction
Numerous residents have complained about blocking of the road with all the construction workers vehicles being parked on both sides of the road – some residents want double yellow line along this part of the road, others have complained to our Councillors.
219 Farley Road
This new planning application, although just outside our area is for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of a four storey building comprising of 9 flats with only 5 parking bays. The proposed development by virtue of its bulk, mass and excessive height versus the neighbouring properties will create an overbearing incompatible building that fails to integrate into the neighbourhood, causing significant harm to the appearance of the site, the surrounding area and the street scene plus it has a very unattractive, irregular shape and a contemporary style.Read More
Clearly the lack of off road parking provision is another concern where the developer is suggesting that vehicles could be parked some 200+ metres away on the non bus route part of Croham Valley Road and also Ruffetts Close. The developer has already paid for Planning Pre-Application advice from the Planning Department. The CVRA has objected plus there have been 132 resident objections and a Councillor referral. This application went before the Planning Committee on the 25th March 2021 at which it was approved. As there’s a Restrictive Covenant on this site from Walton Heath Land Company that states only one dwelling house can be built on the land. I’ve drafted letters for the nearby residents to send to the owners of 219 FR and the developer that submitted the planning application that also has the option to purchase 219 FR. Three residents have sent letters mentioning the previous case of Whitgift Homes & Ors v Pauline Stocks & Ors where very similar Restrictive Covenant was upheld, also reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection. As suspected the developer was only looking to on sell the site with planning approval as we discovered that the site was being marketed for sale for £1000K by Highfield Investments – the nearby residents wrote to Highfield Investments advising them of the Restrictive Covenant and putting them on notice to advise all interested parties – Highfield Investments promptly withdrew from marketing the site. Now understand that the option to purchase 219 Farley Road has expired, yet to be officially confirmed, although the planning approval is still valid.
Planning Area C
148 Ballards Way
Following the approval in December 2018 for the demolition of the bungalow and the erection of a building of 8 flats, the construction of these flats has now been completed with new residents having moved in.
155 Ballards Way
This new planning application from F & K Developments Ltd is for the demolition of the existing house which they‘ve already purchased. This is for the erection of a 2 storey building with accommodation in the roof space of 5 flats (3 x 4B 1 x 1B) which is an over development of the site. The developer has sought pre-application advice from the Planning Department, the initial two applications were for 9 flats, however in order to get a somewhat positive response the application has been reduced to 5 flats. There’s a Restrictive Covenant on this site that restricts it to one dwelling from the original seller of the site, however this needs further investigation. The Planning Dept has refused this application under its delegated authority on the 6th September 2021 with no less than 7 different reasons for refusal. An Appeal has now been submitted over the refusal of the application.
187 Ballards Way
There was a planning application approved in January 2020 for considerable alterations to this house, work has now commenced and if you didn’t know it you would think that the house was being demolished as there’s currently not much left standing. Construction is now well underway and it’s back to looking like a house again.
6-8 The Gallop
This new planning application from Macar Developments is for the demolition of 2 small detached bungalows and the erection of 4 two storey 4 bedroom semi-detached houses with accommodation in the room spaces and a terrace of 5 two storey 3 bedroom houses. Read More
This is a massive overdevelopment of the site that will add 31 bedrooms and potentially 44 persons. Even before the application had been submitted 8 The Gallop had been cleared of trees including specialist trees of 2 silver birches and a pine tree that should have been saved. The developer has already paid for Planning Pre-Application advice from the Planning Department, however the Planning Department has not yet replied to the developer. The CVRA has already lodged an objection and Cllr Helen Pollard has raised a Councillor referral. We’re currently waiting for a date for this application to go before the Planning Committee, at which time David Rutherford will speak as an objector on behalf of the CVRA and the local resident objectors, as will one of our local Councillors. There have been 305 resident objections to this application.
8 Riesco Drive
This new planning application is for a 3 storey side extension which will tower over the next door property at 10 Riesco Drive; there have been a number of objections. At the same time there was another new application on this property for a two storey rear extension that’s not a problem to neighbours.
1 The Ruffetts
This planning application was for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of two buildings comprising 5 new flats (1 three bed 4 one bed) and a pair of 3 bedroom semi-detached houses with accommodation in the roof spaces.Read More
This is a massive overdevelopment of the site due to its bulk and mass that will create an overbearing incompatible building that fails to integrate into the neighbourhood, causing significant harm to the appearance of the site, the surrounding area and the street scene which will add 10 bedrooms and potentially 21 persons. There have been 199 resident objections to this application, including Chris Philp MP. Subsequently this application has been refused on the 20th January 2021 under the Planning Dept Delegated Authority with no less than 9 different reasons for refusal.
An Appeal has now been submitted over the refusal of the application..
Croydon Planning – Further Changes Detected
Since the start of 2020 across Central and South of the Borough 61 planning applications for the demolition of detached properties to be replaced with up to 9 flats or a mixture a of both flats and houses have been refused planning approval under the Council’s delegated authority or at Planning Committee meetings with of these 38 refusals taking place between 1st December 2020 to now. Read More
Further another 21 similar planning applications have been withdrawn, presumably in many cases because of advice from the Planning Department that they were not going to obtain approval. There has been a definite shift of late with many more refusals for blocks of flats and as a result of this developers this year are submitting more application for houses or a mixture of both houses and flats, particularly as there’s a glut of flats for sale which don’t seem to be selling easily.
Croydon Alliance of Residents’ Associations (CARA)
This recently set up Croydon Alliance of Residents’ Associations have held a number of Zoom Meeting which has been very useful with sharing information with a number of interesting things coming out these meetings and subsequent email exchanges across the Group, particularly as follows:
A High Court judge has ruled against Croydon’s planning department, quashing the decision of a senior council official to grant permission for a block of flats in Sanderstead at 54 Arkwright Road.
This makes very interesting reading, particularly as we’ve a similar situation with 5 Croham Valley Road.
The following is the web link to the story in Inside Croydon:
Brick x Brick
It’s understood that Croydon Council is in advanced talks with the developer Urban Splash about a sale of Brick x Brick, the local authority’s house building business.
The following web link from Inside Croydon has an article on the Brick x Brick proposed sale and other interesting facts about the whole B x B fiasco which is the main reason the Council had a budget overspend of £66 million with the Government having to bail them out to the tune of £129 million:
Also it’s worth referring to an earlier web link from Inside Croydon that has an article about Chris Philp MP asking Whitehall to investigate cheap land sales to Brick x Brick.
It is understood that the sale would wipe out almost all of the Council’s debt related to Brick x Brick, however it’s also understood that the Council will have to cover the Fairfield Halls overspend of £43 million which was also miss managed by Brick x Brick and is still not operational.
A report by Grant Thornton revealed that more than £200 million had been lent to Brick By Brick, but that no dividend or interest payments had ever been made – including an interest payment originally due in spring 2019. It also found that Brick x Brick repeatedly pushed back the date by which it expected to cover its own funding from housing receipts, and the date at which it would repay its loans to Croydon Council.
Brick x Brick has been in receipt of land sales of publicly owned land at far below market value with reportably some sites sold by the Council to Brick x Brick for as little as £1:00
Another Resident’s Association made the following observations which are spot on, as follows:
The effects of the proposed Brick x Brick sale that are not being mentioned are the following:
- The losses to the Council for selling B x B will clearly be significantly more than the mentioned £40 million, as the discount-to-market-value of the land that has been sold to Brick x Brick is being conveniently ignored.
- The proposed buyer gains a gold-mine – numerous development plots that are held on the B x B balance sheets at below market value – these will gain higher than average profits for years to come as they are built out.
- This will result in the transfer of publicly owned land, much of it of high amenity value to the residents of Croydon to the private sector. We can reasonably assume that the buyer will have little regard toward “amenity value” and will simply want to maximise profits. So our local communities loose this amenity for absolutely no gain (whether financial for the borough, or some hypothecated benefit to the wider community).
In short this smacks of the sweeping the problem away at whatever cost to get B x B out of the media and stop it from being an ongoing embarrassment to the administration. This is the cost of trying to repair “political reputation” – but it’s a cost that we all as residents suffer.
October 2021 now understand from Cllr Jason Perry that the Council will not be selling Brick x Brick.
Unspent Infrastructure Levies
- It has come to light that Croydon Council is sitting on £22500K on unspent infrastructure levies. Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 Contributions are the monies paid by developers in return for being allowed planning permission for their proposed schemes. This was featured in Inside Croydon following an investigation by Property Week covering London boroughs, as Councils now have to publish an annual infrastructure funding statements, or IFS.
The link to the article is:
- Come to light that new flatted developments locally that the Developers are now asking in the region of £7,000 for on site parking spaces per flat. However, some purchasers / occupiers (tenants in particular) are not paying the £7K and are opting to park on streets, thereby clogging them up (highway safety) and the on site parking spaces are being left empty. Planners now need to put conditions in about this and this should be raised in Objection letters and at Planning Committee Meetings.
- Another concern is that Planning Enforcement has become an issue due to lack of staff, particularly where flats are being built.
There are currently a number of sites where contractors / developers are working and breaching decision / conditions and planning law. emails to Planning Enforcement are coming back – we have few staff now for the south.
Ward Councillors and the Tory Opposition leader to take it up with the Chief Executive and the Executive Director Place – to recruit more staff. Approved Inspectors are just as bad in not complying with the Building Regulations.
Croydon Local Plan Review
Due to be adopted in 2022, the review will update the vision and strategy for Croydon’s growth up to 2039 and set out how the council will continue to deliver much-needed new homes, jobs and community facilities.
The first stage of the review was to gain feedback from the community with a period of consultation referred to as the Issues and Options consultation. This took place between November 2019 and January 2020 and is now closed.
All representations made during the consultation period are now being reviewed and will be used by the Spatial Plan to shape the Local Plan Review Preferred Option.
The Preferred Option will be published during a second period of consultation late 2020. At this time a summary of what we heard during the Issues and Options consultation and the subsequent decisions that have been actioned will also be published.
The Local Plan Review will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination early in 2021 and adopted in early 2022.
Further information on the status of the review will be uploaded on to the Council site as the programme continues.
Croydon – Local Plan Partial Review – Call for Evidence on Local Green Spaces
Only site within our area that was under this category is The Ruffet, which many residents provided information back to the Council on why this site should have some level of protection to safeguard it from potential development. We’re still waiting to hear if this has been successful.
DEMOC – Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon
The referendum to decide if Croydon is going to have Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon took place on the 7th October 2021, the result was circa 80% in favour of Croydon having a Democratically Elected Mayor with every ward in Croydon voting in favour.