I write again with good news that yet another proposal to demolish an existing family home and erect an inappropriate block of flats was refused planning permission earlier this month.
The proposal, at 105A Woodcote Grove Road, sought to construct a four storey block containing eight flats, along with five parking spaces, landscaping, access, and cycle and refuse storage. I am very pleased that Planning Officers used delegated powers to refuse permission to this scheme, after finding that it contradicted multiple planning policies.
It is fantastic that planning decisions are now being properly made – either by the Planning Committee or officers – after careful consideration and with respect to well-reasoned objections. As the illustration at the top of this email demonstrates, the proposed imposing building would have impacted the privacy of neighbouring properties. It would, therefore, have been a significant overdevelopment of the site due to its size and footprint and not respected the character of Woodcote Grove Road.
I am very keen to see more homes built, particularly for younger people. However, I believe that blocks of flats are better suited to Croydon Town Centre and closer to Central London, as well as brownfield sites. Much needed family homes in green suburbs should not be destroyed and replaced by flats. 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.