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 suburb have made way for flats that are better suited to town centres and brownfield sites. This has both changed the character of our area and driven up prices of much needed family homes.
That’s why I am pleased that a proposal to demolish existing family homes at 10 and 12 Smitham Bottom Lane and develop to a block of six flats and two houses – along with parking, landscaping, refuse and cycle storage – was refused permission by officers on 22nd December.
I am delighted planning decisions are now being properly made – either by the Planning Committee or officers – after careful consideration and with respect to well-reasoned objections. This proposed development was found to result in poor quality accommodation and, owing to its size, represent a significant overdevelopment of the area. Thank you to those who have joined me in fighting to preserve the character of our area.