CVRA – DR Update 1st May 2024

CVRA – DR Planning Update 1st May 2024

 

Croydon Planning Major Changes Detected

Since the local elections on the 5th May 2022 across the South of the Borough there have been 160 planning applications up for decision that have been submitted by developers where the proposal was for the demolition of detached properties to be replaced with up to 9 flats or a mixture of up to 9 units of both flats and houses. Of these 161 applications 125 applications have been refused planning approval under either the Council’s Delegated Authority or at Planning Committee meetings, with another 12 applications having been withdrawn and only 24 applications being approved.

Further since the 5th May 2022 local elections across the South of the Borough there are currently 30 new planning applications submitted by developers for the demolition of detached properties across the South of the Borough which have not yet been determined with 18 applications for houses, 0 applications for a mixture of both flats and houses and only 12 applications for flats.

 

Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document SPD2

Following Labour’s removal from power in Croydon in May, the new Conservative administration has been delivering on their planning promises. The hated Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document SPD2, a developers’ charter, has now been scrapped. Planning decisions are now being properly made after careful examination, instead of simply being waved through by Labour Councillors with no proper thought.

 

CVRA Local Planning Application Website

As previously mentioned, 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:

http://www.localplanningapps.co.uk/croydon/cvra/anupdate/planningtable.html

 

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, this was approved on the 6th July2022.

The Croft, 3 Binfield Road

This new planning application is an alternative to the above-mentioned application which is already approved but no work has commenced and is for a full width rear extension (19.2 Metres) by 5.3 metres in depth. The proposal has been approved on the 28th February 2023 under General Permitted Development.

15A 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 establish 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. As a number of discharge notices have now been approved it’s expected that construction will commence shortly.

78 Coombe Road

This planning application is for the demolition of the existing house and the erection of a 3 storey building (facing Coombe Road) with a 2 storey rear element (facing Croham Park Avenue) comprising 8 flats with only 4 off road parking spaces.

Good news, the above-mentioned planning application has been refused by Development Management under their delegated authority on the 18th April 2024 with the following reasons given. 

Reasons for Refusal:

The proposed development fails to provide a policy compliant dwelling mix on site, in conflict with the borough wide requirement for 30% three (3) bed homes as needed for families. The development conflicts with Policy H10 of the London Plan (2021) and Policy SP2.7 of the Croydon Local Plan (2018).

The development, due to its scale, bulk, massing, design, appearance, and materials, as well as the quantum of hardstanding would harm the character and appearance of the site, surrounding area, and streetscene, and it would result in an overdevelopment. The development therefore conflicts with the Croydon Local Plan (2018), in particular policy DM10 as well as the London Plan (2021), in particular policy D3.

The proposed development, due to insufficient floor areas for Units 2 and 8, insufficient bedroom sizes throughout the development, lack of privacy for ground floor units, and the absence of sufficient private amenity space for the proposed flats would result in sub-standard accommodation. The development therefore conflicts with Croydon Local Plan (2018) Policy DM10 and London Plan (2021) Policy D6.

The proposal, due to overlooking of 10m of the garden space of No. 78a Coombe Road and No. 54 Croham Park Avenue, would result in an unacceptable amenity relationship and this would be contrary to Croydon Local Plan (2018), in particular policy DM10.6(c).

The proposal, due to the unacceptable vehicle access and movements and parking arrangements proposed, and an absence of pedestrian routes throughout the site, would result in unsafe impacts on the highway, pedestrians and other road users. Additionally, the cycle storage is
unacceptable as it would not be enclosed and secure. The development is contrary to Policies DM29 and DM30 of the Croydon Local Plan (2018) and Policies T4, T5, and T6 of the London Plan (2021).

In the absence of a legal agreement to secure financial contributions to improvements for sustainable transport to mitigate the impacts of the development and highways works to provide appropriate access, the development is contrary to policies SP8.3, SP8.15, SP8.16, and DM30 of the

Croydon Local Plan (2018) and Policy T6.1 of the London Plan (2021).

Sufficient measures have not been taken to identify and mitigate the impact of the proposal on bats and there is a lack of information relating the presence of roosting bats, contrary to Policy G6 of the London Plan (2021) and DM10, DM27 and DM28 of the Croydon Local Plan (2018).

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. This follows the withdrawal of an earlier application for 2 buildings comprising of a total of 9 flats. The owner of this property has already paid for Planning Pre-Application advice from the Planning Department. This application went before the Planning Committee on the 22nd April 2021 at which it was approved. There’re Whitgift Educational Foundation Restrictive Covenants on this property. Also, the site has gone up for sale with Foxtons for £2.5 million. I’ve drafted letters for the surrounding residents to send to both the owner of 80 Croham Road and Foxtons, these letters put both parties on notice of the Restrictive Covenants, also reserving the right to take necessary further measures to protect their interests in this connection. Subsequently the property was then being marketed with Appleton Estates at the reduced figure of £1.8 million and was initially under offer. Again, a number of nearby residents have sent similar letters to those mentioned earlier. Property listed again with Appleton Estates at a reduced figure of £1.6 million and is now under offer. This latest offer appears to have fallen through as the site is now being listed for sale with Connect UK at a reduced guide price of £1.2 million and is now subsequently Sold STC. The agent on behalf of Alim Properties submitted a Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) on the 16th May 2022 which has been subsequently been refused under the Planning Dept delegated authority as it was not satisfactory in a number of aspects.

Melville Avenue, Old Palace of John Whitgift School

It has just been announced that the school will close permanently in August 2025 as the school has been struggling financially for many years, and the Foundation has supported the school from its general reserves in the expectation that the financial situation would improve at some point. There will be concern over the potential development of this large site. Recently announced that the school will now close a year earlier in July 2024.

 

Planning Area B

Land the Rear of Roselea Cottage, Ballards Farm Road

This new planning application has been submitted by the owners of this house for the construction of a granny annexe in the rear garden with the main house having had considerable extensions.

This so-called granny annexe will in all probability not be for the reasons stated in the application but will be to establish further rental accommodation for students (one can only guess how many students might be in this proposed outbuilding) and the house may potentially become a HMO. This is based upon that at least two double rooms, in the existing house were recently being advertised for rent for students, advert as follows:

“There are two double rooms available in a beautiful detached house, located in a quiet area surrounded by woods and trees. The property has one big living room, a spacious conservatory, 3 bathrooms and one modern kitchen for tenants to share. The friendly and easy-going landlord live in the extension part of the house separating from the rented space, so you can enjoy your privacy and at the same time get help from the landlord easily when it is necessary. The house has a very big garden where you can play basketball or have barbecue during your free time. It is 5-10 minutes walk to the nearest bus station and it takes you 10-15minutes to East Croydon station”. The good news is that the application was refused under the Planning Dept delegated authority on the 6th July 2023.

Since this refusal there has been a lot of work going in the rear garden of this property with large lorries both delivering / removing waste with trees taken down, such that 5 neighbouring residents have complained, I’ve asked planning enforcement to check this out, particularly as there are tree preservation orders (TPO’s) on 7 trees in the rear garden.

Land the Rear of Underwood, Ballards Farm Road

This new planning application has been submitted by Sterling Rose Homes which is back garden development for the erection of a terrace of 3 three storey 4 bedroom houses with 4 off road parking spaces. There will be the loss of 11 mature trees to enable this development to take place. There have been 55 resident objections plus your Residents Association and a local Councillor referral. Like with 14, 16 & 18 Castlemaine Avenue application this developer has lodged an Appeal on the 16th January 2023 on the basis of Non-Determination within time allowed. This is what some of the developers are doing when the Council has not complied with its own deadlines, which in many cases is the situation in Croydon, as they are still dealing with some applications from early 2021. This will now potentially mean that the application will be referred direct to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol who will now make the decision without Croydon having the ability to make its own decision under either their delegated authority powers or at the planning committee meeting. The Appeal is now in progress. Good news the Appeal has been dismissed on the 12th December 2023 by the Planning Inspectorate.

Underwood, Ballards Farm Road

This new planning application has been submitted by Sterling Rose Homes which is in addition to the afore-mentioned development on the Underwood site. This is for the erection of a single storey side and rear extension, two storey front extension and then conversion into 4 flats with 4 off road parking spaces. There have been 46 resident objections plus your Residents Association and a local Councillor referral. Like with the afore-mentioned application the developer has lodged an Appeal on the 16th January 2023 on the basis of non-determination within time allowed. This is what some of the developers are doing when the Council has not complied with its own deadlines, which in many cases is the situation in Croydon, as they are still dealing with some applications from early 2021. This will now potentially mean that the application will be referred direct to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol who will now make the decision without Croydon having the ability to make its own decision under either their delegated authority powers or at the planning committee meeting. The Appeal is now in progress. Good news the Appeal has been dismissed on the 12th December 2023 by the Planning Inspectorate.

Land the Rear of Underwood, Ballards Farm Road

This new planning application has been submitted by Sterling Rose Homes which is in addition to the two afore-mentioned planning applications that are currently pending. This latest application is a back garden development for the Erection of a Terrace of 3 Three Storey 4 Bedroom Houses and an adjoining building of four storeys with 6 two bedroom flats with an overall total of 9 parking spaces. The earlier pending back garden development on this site had a loss of 11 mature trees, as this latest proposal is much larger the loss of mature trees will be even greater. To date there have been 34 resident objections plus your Residents Association and a local Councillor referral. Like the two other applications on the same site, the developer has lodged an Appeal on the 12th January 2023 on the basis of non-determination within time allowed. This is what some of the developers are doing when the Council has not complied with its own deadlines, which in many cases is the situation in Croydon, as they are still dealing with some applications from early 2021. This will now potentially mean that the application will be referred direct to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol who will now make the decision without Croydon having the ability to make its own decision under either their delegated authority powers or at the planning committee meeting. The Appeal is now in progress. Good news the Appeal has been dismissed on the 12th December 2023 by the Planning Inspectorate.

Coombe Lane, Royal Russell School

This new planning application is for the demolition of existing Junior School with the erection of replacement Junior School including Multi-Use Games Area, sports pitch, play and landscaped areas, access and plant, and other associated works.

This proposed development has again raised the issue of the rear gate from the school in Hollingsworth Road, particularly as both the pre application and the resultant full planning application misrepresent the fact that there’s an access route into this road. The situation is that school numbers will increase where at both around 8am and 4pm daily during school days parents are charging up the road causing total gridlock with around 50 additional cars in this cul-de-sac with parents competing for space nearest the gate, blocking resident’s driveways etc. There are very serious safety concerns that this is a bad accident waiting to happen, as there was a recent situation of a pupil running out of the gate and into the side of a moving car and not to mention the number of prangs to resident’s cars due to the inconsiderate behavior of parents dropping off and picking up their children and having to turn around. Residents would either like the gate totally closed off or some form of strong restriction on the road that would prevent parent’s cars entering Hollingsworth Road.

Land the Rear of 128 Coombe Lane

This new planning application has been submitted by the owner of 128 Coombe Lane which is back garden development for the erection of a pair of 2 storey 3 bedroom semi-detached houses with 3 off road parking spaces; demolition of existing garage to provide access to the rear. A number of local residents are objecting plus your Residents Association. To date there have been 18 resident objections plus your Residents Association and a local Councillor referral. The good news is that the Planning Dept has under its delegated authority refused the application on the 9th February 2023. An appeal has been lodged against the refusal decision on the 26th June 2023 which will now be decided upon by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. The good news is that the Appeal was dismissed on the 7th November 2023.

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. 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. A number of the nearby residents that wrote to the developer have just heard from the developers Solicitors asking some questions which I’ve drafted the appropriate reply for the residents to send. The developer has submitted 6 discharge notices on the 23rd May 2022 which has only been partly approved with the remainder not being approved. Clearly the developer has ignored the threat of action over the Restrictive Covenants. The Developer has started construction on the site which shouldn’t have happened, as they don’t have an approved Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) to permit construction. I’ve reported the issue of construction to the head of Development Management for action. The developer has submitted 5 new discharge notices which are currently pending, presumably to regularize the situation of the discharge notices, however these are part approved / part not approved. This developer has now built the houses without ever having the appropriate approved discharge notices in place, in spite of this issue being reported to the head of the Planning Dept. The developer has submitted 3 discharge notices on the 29th March 2023 which have subsequently been refused approval on the 12th May 2023. All discharge notices have now been approved 9th November 2023.

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.

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 a changed layout 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 of trying to get the change approved as a non material change which of course it isn’t.

The latest supposed non material change was refused on the 17th September 2021 which will give Sterling Rose a major problem as they’ve completed construction is based upon a 3 storey building of a different design and not the 4 storey building that was approved. This has the potential to be another 54 Arkwright Road situation – see later entry under CARA. As a result of asking Planning Enforcement to look into this, they’ve advised that Sterling Rose will now have to submit a new planning application to try to get retrospective planning approval, which has now been submitted under a Section 73a Minor Material Amendment (Retrospective), plus they also want to remove the planning approval condition of yellow lines on this part of Croham Valley Road as they’re only permitted to have two parking spaces. There have been 26 objections including the CVRA and a Councillor referral to this retrospective application.

Land R/O 35 and 37 Croham Valley Road – Fronting on to Ballards Rise

The above-mentioned outline planning application that’s currently pending approval, however the developer Silverleaf has also submitted another new outline planning application on the very same site for the erection of 2 two storey buildings with accommodation in the roof spaces comprising of a total of 4 large semi-detached houses with the provision of 6 parking spaces. The alternative proposal is almost the same size as the one for 8 flats and will add 15 bedrooms and potentially 24 persons, the same objection reasons apply equally to this alternative new application. More details as regards the Restrictive Covenants are in the prior item above.

This application went before the Planning Sub-Committee on the 11th August 2022 and was refused permission with three Labour Councillors voting in favour of approval and three Conservative Councillors voting against approval with the Conservative Chair using his Casting vote to refuse. I spoke as an Objector in person at the meeting on behalf of the CVRA and the local residents, as did our ward Councillor Michael Neal. The developer Silverleaf has on the 28th October 2022 lodged an Appeal against refusal of the planning permission, which has subsequently been validated in December 2022; this appeal will now be decided upon by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. The Appeal is now in progress. Unfortunately, the Appeal was allowed on the 23rd August 2023. However, on both the land at 35 and 37 Croham Valley Road there are the Walton Heath Land Company Limited Restrictive Covenants that restrict the land to not more than one dwellinghouse. The validity of the Walton Heath Land Company Limited Restrictive Covenants and the class of neighbours entitled to benefit from it was tested in the Court Case Whitgift Homes Ltd & Ors v Pauline Stocks & Ors where similar Restrictive Covenants was upheld which legally prevented development on the land at 14 and 16 Ruffetts Close.

Croham Valley Road Lower Part Where There’s Been 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 the whole road, other have complained to our Councillors. Although all construction is complete there are now a good number of cars now parking on both sides of the road causing limited obstruction.

 

Planning Area C

155 Ballards Way

Whilst the above-mentioned Appeal is pending the developer has submitted a new alternative planning application which is for alterations / extensions to the existing property and then the subdivision of the property into 2 three bedroom houses. The affected next door neighbour is neutral with regard to this latest proposal and as such the CVRA has not objected. Subsequently the application was approved on the 2nd February 2022 under the Planning Departments delegated authority. Work has commenced on the site for the alterations and extensions to the existing property and then conversion into 2 three bedroom houses. Work is now complete with the two properties up for sale.

11 Chapel View

This new planning application is for the erection of a very large outbuilding in the rear garden measuring 9 metres by 9 metres for use as a gym / office and has in all probability the potential to never be used for the purpose indicated on the planning application based upon the owners track record at this property of letting rooms out. The owner of this property is currently advertising multi rooms of accommodation on Airbnb at this property; this proposed structure will in all probability be used for this very purpose.

It now seems that under this type of application residents cannot make objections with the following statement on the Councils online planning site:

This notifies the Council of proposed work or development not needing its permission. The Council will not be approving or refusing the proposal, so comments are not invited.

This is totally unacceptable; I’ve sent an email to both the case officer and the head of Development Management expressing concerns that a structure of this size doesn’t need planning approval and also the very real concerns over the future use of this outbuilding with the probably renting out of rooms.

The good news is that the Council has refused a Certificate of Lawful Use or Development on the 10th January 2024 for the following reasons:

No justification has been provided to demonstrate that the size and use of these rooms are genuinely or reasonably required for the purposes stated. It is therefore considered that the applicant has failed to demonstrate, on the balance of probability, that an outbuilding of this size and scale is reasonably required for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the existing dwellinghouse, contrary to the criteria of Paragraph E (a) of Class E, Part 1, Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).

Subsequently the owner has now submitted in February 2024 another planning application under a Certificate of Lawful Use or Development for a large outbuilding this time to be used supposedly as a gym albeit somewhat smaller in size being 7.55 metres by 6.5 metres. Again I’ve sent an email to both the case officer and the head of Development Management expressing concerns that a structure of this size doesn’t need planning approval and also the very real concerns over the future use of this outbuilding with the probably renting out of this building. The bad news is that the Council have approved this latest application on the 18th April 2024.

142 Croham Valley Road

Residents have raised an issue that the owners of this semi-detached bungalow are running an Indian take away business from a building in their rear garden which has resulted in vermin including rats. I’ve advised the residents to contact Environmental Services which has been done, also there are bound to be Health and Safety issues. An inspector did visit the property; however the owners said that they were no longer running the take away business from there. Subsequently they have started cooking again on a more limited basis. Nearby residents are keeping a close eye on this matter.

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. 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. This application went before the Planning Committee on 13th January 2022 where David Rutherford spoke on behalf of the CVRA and the 306 local resident objectors as did our local Cllr Robert Ward and all 4 of the Conservative Councillors on the committee spoke against and voted against the application. When it came to the vote it was tied at 4 in favour 4 against including the Chair, however the Chair used his additional casting vote to approve the application. Some residents are considering going through the Council’s complaints process which has 3 separate stages, after which if there’s no satisfaction you can then go formally to the Local Government Ombudsman with a complaint. The developer has on the 8th April 2022 submitted details of their Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) which has subsequently been approved. Also a number of further discharge notices have been submitted 26th May 2022 which have subsequently been approved on the 24th August 2022. A further discharge notice was submitted in August 2022 which has subsequently been approved on the 20th October 2022. Further discharge notices were submitted 6th March 2023 which have been subsequently approved on the 20th June 2023.

46 The Gallop

I’m advising you of yet another new planning application on this site by the same developer for the partial demolition and extensions to the existing bungalow upwards and to the side and rear to create one 3 bedroom dwelling and one 5 bedroom dwelling, effectively a pair of semi-detached houses in a two storey building with also accommodation in the roof space with one parking spaces for each house. The developer already has obtained planning approval on this same site for a pair of semi-detached houses of one 3 Bedroom and one 2 bedroom as detailed below. There’s concern that both proposed semi-detached houses have studies, in the 3 bedroom property it’s on the 2nd floor which could easily be a bedroom potentially making this a 4 bedroom property, in the 5 bedroom property the study is on the ground floor but unusually there’s a full bathroom next to this study which could easily be a bedroom potentially making this a 6 bedroom property. There have been 28 objections and the CVRA has asked for this application to be referred to the Planning Committee for decision. At the Planning Sub-Committee meeting on the 14th September 2023 the application was approved in spite of David Rutherford speaking on behalf of the CVRA and the local residents as an objector as did our local Councillor Robert Ward. 5 new discharge notices have been submitted that are currently pending for the construction of this application which have subsequently been approved on the 20th December 2023.

1 The Ruffetts

This new planning application is for the erection of a pair of two storey 3 bedroom semi-detached houses plus accommodation in the roof space to the rear of the existing property 1 The Ruffetts. Strangely part of the roof space has a room allocated as being a writing area but could easily be another bedroom meaning in reality it’s a pair of 4 bedroom houses. Of further concern is that this proposed development borders directly on to the approved development in the rear garden of 55 Crest Road for a terrace of 4 houses. There have been 46 resident objections to this application plus the CVRA and a Councillor referral. This planning application was heard at the Planning Sub Committee on the 1st December 2022 where David Rutherford spoke as an objector on behalf of the Croham Valley Residents Association (CVRA) and the local resident objectors as did our local Councillor Robert Ward, unfortunately the Sub Committee approved the application by a vote of 3 to 2 with one abstention. Subsequently the site with the planning approval for the pair of semi-detached houses in the rear garden plus the original host property has been put up for sale at £1050K this month. Discharge notices were submitted on the 10th March 2023 which were refused permission. Three amended discharge notices were submitted on the 4th July 2023 which have subsequently been approved and a further discharge notice was approved on the 20th December 2023.

1 The Ruffetts

There are a couple of new applications as regards the existing detached property for the demolition of existing extensions and the erection of a new single storey rear extension and the erection of a single storey side extension. The single storey rear extension was approved on the 1st December 2023 with the single storey side extension being refused on the 24th November 2023.

29 The Ruffetts

The owner of this property continues to be a problem in that the approval obtained for the erection of a single / two storey front /side / rear extensions in December 2020, however it has not been built in accordance with the approved plans hence there has been the need for a new retrospective planning application, which many local residents are against, there have been 39 resident objections to this retrospective application, as they would like it built in accordance with the original approval. The owner of this property has now amended the plans in the proposed retrospective planning application which is all about the owner of this property building what he wants and not what was approved and expecting to get approval after the event which is totally unacceptable and as a result of this having to go out for further comments there are now 78 objections. The bad news is that at the Planning Sub-Committee on the 3rd August 2023 that the Committee approved the retrospective planning application in spite of David Rutherford speaking on behalf of the CVRA and the local residents as an objector as did our local Councillor Robert Ward. Further the owner of this property has now started construction of a large brick built outbuilding in the rear garden without any planning approval which has been reported to Development Management in order that hopefully Planning Enforcement officer will visit the property.

 

Planning Other

Restrictive Covenants

The following properties have either planning approval but not yet developed or have pending planning applications that are awaiting decision or are being prepared for the submission of planning applications. All of these properties have Restrictive Covenants that restrict the sites to either only having one dwelling either detached or semi-detached and if enforced could potentially stop the sites being developed. However restrictive covenants are a complicated legal business and can only be enforced by properties under the Touch and Concern rule (nearby but don’t have to necessarily physically adjoin) unless it can be proved that it was a Building Scheme. Also taking legal action to enforce covenants can be expensive plus there’s always the risk that a developer might appeal the decision which would further add to the costs. A potential cheaper alternative is to take out an Injunction to enforce the Restrictive Covenant. Meanwhile we’re letting affected residents write to the developers making them aware of the Restrictive Covenants, reserving the right taking further action if they’re going to proceed with the development in the hope they will walk away. Jeremy has investigated using the legal cover one has with many household insurance policies, the indication from his insurer was positive but one would need to be certain if one was to go down this route:

55 Crest Road The Walton Heath Land Company Ltd

80 Croham Road Whitgift Educational Foundation

35 Croham Valley Road The Walton Heath Land Company Ltd

37 Croham Valley Road The Walton Heath Land Company Ltd

Croydon Alliance of Residents’ Associations (CARA)

The Croydon Alliance of Residents’ Associations (CARA) was set up three years ago and have held a number of Zoom Meetings 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.

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 was to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination early in 2021 and adopted in early 2022 but there’s slippage on the dates.

However, as a result of now having a hung Council and a newly elected Conservative Democratically Elected Mayor, the local plan review will for sure be revisited.

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.