For some time, Croydon’s Labour-run council has been granting planning permissions indiscriminately. Over 90% of all applications are getting approved by the Planning Committee. In particular, they are routinely allowing family housing to be destroyed and replaced with small blocks of flats. Neighbouring Boroughs Bromley and Sutton do not allow this, and there is nothing in national policy that requires it either. We do need more homes, but blocks of flats should go on brownfield sites and in Croydon town centre. The council would then have no reason to destroy houses in suburban areas, which changes the character of the area and removes much-needed homes for families. They should not destroy any family homes until all the brownfield sites in the Borough have been used – which we are at least 10-15 years away from doing.
I have been vehemently opposed to the Labour run council’s damaging planning policies and will continue to fight to stop the further loss of family homes and green spaces.