Kenley home to be replaced with block of flats

Below are my objections to another application to demolish a family home in favour of flats, this time in Kenley. Please do share this so that other people are aware of what’s currently happening to our part of the borough.


Demolition of existing dwelling, erection of a two/three storey building to provide 9 residential units, with associated landscaped areas including parking, cycle and refuse storage

37 Welcomes Road Kenley CR8 5HA

I am writing to lodge my objection to the above planning application. My reasons are as follows:

  1. The proposal for 9 new homes spread over 3 storeys – would be a significant overdevelopment of this site due to its size, height, footprint, bulk and massing and would be detrimental to the street scene and local verdant context
  2. The contemporary design and type of building proposed to sit on this site is completely out of character with the properties immediately adjacent to the site and will be detrimental to the street-scene
  3. The brutal design is completely unsympathetic to this location and would be more suited to an urban environment rather than this lovely semi-rural location
  4. The proposal would lead to the unacceptable breaking up a row of matching bungalows therefore failing to respect the built environment
  5. There would be a detrimental impact on the amenities of adjoining occupiers due to overlooking, overbearing impact and loss of privacy
  6. Concreting over of garden space and the loss of trees, natural vegetation and natural habitat
  7. Welcomes Road is very narrow and the space has to be shared with pedestrians; it is unsuitable for increased traffic or parking overflow and will be blocked during refuse collection periods
  8. Inadequate car parking arrangements for residents and visitors
  9. Lack of consideration of any impact on local infrastructure: eg schools, GPs, drainage
  10. Such intensification is no longer justifiable following the reduction in the London Plan housing targets

On these above grounds the application breaches the following policies:

Croydon Local Plan, February 2018

  • Policy SP1.2 on page 13: “The Council will require all new development in the borough to contribute to enhancing a sense of place and improving the character of the area, whilst acknowledging the need for growth … Development proposals should respond to and enhance local character”
  • Policy DM10.1, page 86: “Proposals should be of high quality and, whilst seeking to achieve a minimum height of 3 storeys, should respect: a. The development pattern, layout and siting; b. The scale, height, massing, and density; c. The appearance, existing materials and built and natural features of the surrounding area; the Place of Croydon in which it is located…. The Council will take into account cumulative impact.”
  • DM10.6, page 87: “The Council will support proposals for development that ensure that; a. The amenity of the occupiers of adjoining buildings are protected; and that b. They do not result in direct overlooking at close range or habitable rooms in main rear or private elevations; and that c. They do not result in direct overlooking of private outdoor space (with the exception of communal open space) within 10m perpendicular to the rear elevation of a dwelling”

National Planning Policy Framework, July 2018

  • Paragraph 8(b) “protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment”

  • Paragraph 122 – “Planning Policy and decisions should support development that makes efficient use of land that, taking into account … (d) the desirability of maintaining an area’s prevailing character and setting (including residential gardens)”
  • Clause 127 (c) “Planning policies and decisions should ensure that developments … (c) are sympathetic to local character and history, including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting, while not preventing appropriate innovation or change (such as increased densities)”
  • Paragraph 131 – applications should “fit in with the overall form and layout of their surroundings”

The best way that we can stop the council from continuing with this planning mess is through a Directly Elected Mayor. You can learn more about this campaign and download the petition here –