As I am sure you are aware, in January 2020, despite over 1100 objections from local residents, approval was granted to Quantum Homes’ plan to demolish four existing family houses at 2-5 Barrowsfield, Limpsfield Road. Croydon’s Planning Committee, then controlled by Labour councillors, sanctioned the construction of a 4/5 storey block of flats – a development which would have dominated Sanderstead village and the recreation ground.
The four houses in Barrowsfield had the benefit of existing covenant, and, through a long, expensive, and protracted process, three of the owners took legal action to oppose the Quantum’s plans. I am delighted that, following a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Quantum’s application has been refused and the development cannot go ahead. This is great news for Sanderstead residents.
This is just the latest in a series of positive planning decisions made in our local area, after the past few years were defined by the previous Labour council indiscriminately issuing planning consents. Inappropriate applications to destroy family homes and replace them with ugly blocks of flats are now often rejected by the Conservative-controlled committee or officers using the new planning rules.
Applications of this type on the following roads were recently rejected in Brambledown Road, Croham Valley Road and Pampisford Road, to name but a few.
Of course, we need more homes, but they should be in appropriate places. I will continue to fight to protect the character of our neighbourhood – and I am so pleased that after many years of being ignored our views are finally being heard.