Local Housing Allowance announcement: “Does it go far enough? “Any increase in the LHA rate is welcome but this rise falls well short of what’s needed” say Southwark

Statement from Southwark council: Local Housing Allowance announcement - Does it go far enough? In a statement to the House of Commons the minister for welfare delivery, Will Quince, announced that the government is submitting a bill to parliament legislating that after 1 April rates will be raised in line with the Consumer Price Index … Continue reading Local Housing Allowance announcement: “Does it go far enough? “Any increase in the LHA rate is welcome but this rise falls well short of what’s needed” say Southwark

Landlords to pay almost £15,000 over unlicensed fatal fire home

A judge has ordered two private landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working smoke alarms to tenants whose teenage son died after it caught fire. When fire broke out at the family home in Thornton Heath on 25 March 2019, the illegally-let house did not have … Continue reading Landlords to pay almost £15,000 over unlicensed fatal fire home

Croydon introduce tougher planning rules on house conversions

Croydon council have confirmed new rules to ensure that planning permission must be applied for before a family home can be converted into shared housing. Until now, owners wanting to turn properties into small houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) with six rooms or fewer have been able to do so without planning permission under the … Continue reading Croydon introduce tougher planning rules on house conversions

QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: Local housing claimants freeze…rents and housing allowances gaps…renewable energy

Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 January 2020, HCWS29 on Welfare, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the freeze in local housing allowance on claimants in (a) London and (b) England. Hansard source(Citation: HC Deb, … Continue reading QUESTIONS IN THE HOUSE: Local housing claimants freeze…rents and housing allowances gaps…renewable energy

AUCKLAND RISE: QUINN LONDON’S RESPONSE “We are using our best endeavours to complete the works as soon as we safely can”

In the wake of our stories COUNCILLORS SLAM TREATMENT OF ESTATE RESIDENTS – Auckland Rise works are 40 weeks late (published January 21st) and AUCKLAND RISE: BRICK BY BRICK RESPONSE – Meeting with residents tomorrow afternoon (also published January 21st) Quinn London, who were sent a request for a comment on January 19th, have this morning … Continue reading AUCKLAND RISE: QUINN LONDON’S RESPONSE “We are using our best endeavours to complete the works as soon as we safely can”

COUNCILLORS SLAM TREATMENT OF ESTATE RESIDENTS – Auckland Rise works are 40 weeks late

Croydon's three Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward councillors have slammed the treatment of people living on the Auckland Rise estate which sits between Church Road and Auckland Road while unwanted development work takes place. In an open e-mail to the managing director of Quinn London Ltd which is developing the site for Labour-controlled Croydon … Continue reading COUNCILLORS SLAM TREATMENT OF ESTATE RESIDENTS – Auckland Rise works are 40 weeks late

AUCKLAND RISE: BRICK BY BRICK RESPONSE – Meeting with residents tomorrow afternoon

Brick by Brick have issued a response to a number of questions posed by News From Crystal Palace: We asked: Why is work a staggering 40 weeks behind schedule? Was a blatant lie told about Christmas working? If not, how did the situation arise that there was Christmas working? What problems have been encountered with … Continue reading AUCKLAND RISE: BRICK BY BRICK RESPONSE – Meeting with residents tomorrow afternoon

NEW ZEBRA CROSSING FOR AUCKLAND ROAD?… Antic seek changes to approved plans for former Plumbase store…Opposition to roof extension on Westow Hill….Revised application for Beardell Street site

NEW ZEBRA CROSSING FOR AUCKLAND ROAD? Plans to install a raised zebra crossing on Auckland Road have been announced by Croydon council. A public notice in the Croydon Guardian of January 9th says the proposed crossing outside number 70 Auckland Road would extend from approximately 12 metres north west of the junction with Cypress Road … Continue reading NEW ZEBRA CROSSING FOR AUCKLAND ROAD?… Antic seek changes to approved plans for former Plumbase store…Opposition to roof extension on Westow Hill….Revised application for Beardell Street site

BRICK BY BRICK FIASCO Would-be home buyers with Croydon’s own building company can’t get mortgages – because it’s not registered with…..

Would-be home buyers with Croydon's own building company Brick by Brick can't get mortgages - because it's not registered as a shared ownership provider.  The Inside Croydon website - which has uncovered the fiasco - reports that: "Dozens of prospective buyers have had to be put-off or disappointed after it was discovered that banks and … Continue reading BRICK BY BRICK FIASCO Would-be home buyers with Croydon’s own building company can’t get mortgages – because it’s not registered with…..

BRICK BY BRICK FIASCO: COMPANY’S STATEMENT: And from Croydon council, a deafening silence….

BRICK BY BRICK STATEMENT: Brick By Brick was established to create well designed homes that are affordable for the people of Croydon. We develop high quality homes on small sites or underused public land, with the proceeds from sales returned to the council to be reinvested in the community. We currently have a pipeline of over … Continue reading BRICK BY BRICK FIASCO: COMPANY’S STATEMENT: And from Croydon council, a deafening silence….