We know that many new homes are needed, especially for younger people trying to get on the property ladder for the first time. However, for far too long in Croydon, family homes in our green suburbs have made way for over-intensive schemes that are better suited to town centres and brownfield sites. This has significantly changed the character of some of our leafiest local areas.
That’s why I am pleased that a proposal to demolish existing properties at Hartley Court and the erection of three pairs of semi-detached houses and a detached house (7 dwellings in total), with associated access and parking, was refused by planning officers on 5th March.
The proposed development was refused planning permission because the layout, scale and massing would result in a form of development that would be out of character with and detrimental to the general character and appearance of the area.
I am delighted to see planning decisions are now being properly made after careful consideration and which respect the character of our local areas.