PRIVATELY-OWNED CROYDON PROPERTIES LEFT DERELICT TO BECOME COUNCIL TENANTS HOMES

Foxley Lane before.... Two privately-owned Croydon properties left derelict for a combined period of 30 years are set to become homes for council tenants thanks to major renovation works. The three-bedroom home in Coulsdon and four-bedroom house in Purley have now been renovated and extended to become one large four-bedroom and four two-bedroom properties. The … Continue reading  PRIVATELY-OWNED CROYDON PROPERTIES LEFT DERELICT TO BECOME COUNCIL TENANTS HOMES

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LABOUR COUNCILLOR CRITICISES BRICK BY BRICK

Veteran Labour councillor Pat Ryan has criticised his own council's Brick by Brick housing scheme. He says two of the developments in Upper Norwood which Croydon council planning committees approved for the council's own company - at Ravensdale Gardens and Auckland Rise - have left a lot to be desired. "I wasn't at all impressed. … Continue reading LABOUR COUNCILLOR CRITICISES BRICK BY BRICK

LABOUR PLAN £10 MILLION EARLY BUY-BACK OF DEMOLITION-THREATENED HOMES – AND PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD SAY THEY HAVEN’T LENT LAMBETH £19.7 MILLION Estate agents being called in to let and manage properties rather than house people and families from homeless waiting list

Lambeth council are planning to spend £10 million buying up homes on the six estates they want to demolish as part of their hugely controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' scheme. The money comes on top of an INITIAL £19.7 million which the report - only published this week - reveals was borrowed back in December last … Continue reading LABOUR PLAN £10 MILLION EARLY BUY-BACK OF DEMOLITION-THREATENED HOMES – AND PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD SAY THEY HAVEN’T LENT LAMBETH £19.7 MILLION Estate agents being called in to let and manage properties rather than house people and families from homeless waiting list

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS / OPINION: “Risk of reputational damage to Homes for Lambeth or Lambeth council if the managing/ letting agent provides a poor service” says report

What follows are some of the paragraphs from the report covering Lambeth's plans to spend £10 million on early 'buy-backs'. As a long-standing critic of Lambeth council, News From Crystal Palace takes the view that some, if not all, of what follows should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt: (Numbers at the start … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS / OPINION: “Risk of reputational damage to Homes for Lambeth or Lambeth council if the managing/ letting agent provides a poor service” says report

BARNARDO’S NEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC WINDERMERE HOUSE

Barnardo's have announced plans for the historic Windermere House off Coxwell Road behind Sainsbury's Westow Street supermarket. They want to use the former tuning house of the Royal Normal college for the blind, which occupied the site up until the Second World War, as a house in multiple occupation for care leavers. The builkding has … Continue reading BARNARDO’S NEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC WINDERMERE HOUSE

PUB PLANS WITHDRAWN

Plans to turn the former Plumbase DIY store on Westow Hill into a pub were suddenly withdrawn today (Tuesday). News From Crystal Palace reported on residents opposition to the plans only yesterday. One delighted resident told NFCP: "We've been bowled over with the amount of support there's been in the community. "It shows what a … Continue reading PUB PLANS WITHDRAWN

RESIDENTS FIGHT PLANS FOR ANOTHER WESTOW HILL PUB

Residents living on the Upper Norwood Triangle are opposing plans for yet another pub on Westow Hill - even though council planning officers are recommending them for approval. The Antic Pub Co originally asked for the former Plumbase DIY store - which was built as a Burton tailoring shop - to open until 2am on … Continue reading RESIDENTS FIGHT PLANS FOR ANOTHER WESTOW HILL PUB

CROYDON COUNCIL OFFERS TO BUY A HOTEL

Croydon council have made an offer for the freehold of the Croydon Park hotel in what it calls "part of its drive to seek innovative ways to generate income for frontline services." The offer has been accepted and the authority is now in the final stage of the purchase, which is expected to generate around … Continue reading CROYDON COUNCIL OFFERS TO BUY A HOTEL

NEW PLANNING DOCUMENT ON SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CROYDON

Documents setting out planning guidance for the borough and how the council will "engage with stakeholders" are now available for comment. Croydon council plan to introduce a Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2), as well as revising its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). "The SPD2 supports the policies adopted in the Croydon Local Plan … Continue reading NEW PLANNING DOCUMENT ON SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CROYDON

CATFORD’S GETTING A CINEMA!

Plans for a new cinema in the heart of Catford have been approved by Lewisham council. The 23,000 square feet site, which is currently Poundland and previously Catford Mews, will be home to: a 205-seat three-screen cinema showing independent and blockbuster films a café, bar and live music venue recording studios food court showcasing local … Continue reading CATFORD’S GETTING A CINEMA!