Residents lose battle to protect character of their area
22/08/2016 08:25:00......Posted by Maria Gatland
Last Thursday evening in the middle of the school holidays the Labour administration of the Council held a meeting of Planning Committee. On the agenda were four controversial planning applications in our ward of Croham. It was a very busy evening for me as I had great concerns about the applications and referred them to Planning Committee. I spoke on behalf of residents on all four applications. Nearly 70 residents objected to a startling modern block of flats on the corner of Lismore rd opposite Emmanuel Church. Lismore rd until now has retained its Victorian character but will now have a very modern block of flats on the corner opposite the listed Emmanuel Church with little parking.
A block of flats was approved on the only bit of green space residents have by the steps on Selsdon rd opposite Sussex rd with no car parking by the Labour controlled committee.
There was better news on a block of flats at 2/2a Campden rd fronting Croham rd with the whole committee voting to refuse the outline application. This followed an appeal dismissal of the previous application.
A terrace of houses in the back garden of no 7 Harewood rd was deferred for a site visit.
There was sterling work by my ward colleague Cllr Jason Perry who led the concerns of the Conservative councillors on the committee. All four voted to refuse the applications on Lismore and Selsdon rds but all six Labour councillors voted to approve. In my view disgraceful decisions that will have long lasting negative impact on our local area.