Woodcote Park Avenue flatted development passed against residents' wishes
01/07/2016 22:40:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
Residents were disappointed on Thursday evening that Croydon’s Labour-run Council approved a flatted development in Woodcote Park Avenue, despite it being one of the borough’s Local Areas of Special Character (LASC).
The application at 12 Woodcote Park Avenue proposed the demolition of the existing house and the erection in its place of a two storey building comprising 8 two bedroom flats and 14 associated parking spaces.
The development was recommended by Croydon Council planning officers for refusal. Croydon’s officers principally argued that it would be an overdevelopment of the site out of keeping with the character of the LASC and detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene by reason of its scale, massing, prominent siting, form and layout, including large areas of hardstanding.
However, the Chair of the committee, Woodside Councillor Paul Scott, led members by proposing approval against the advice of Croydon’s planning department. Five other members of the Committee sided with him and it was passed.
By setting a precedent for a flatted development in this road, this application was always destined to be contentious. The turn of events is worrying for residents, if repeated, because many may have been lulled into a false sense of security by the officer recommendation to refuse and didn't turn out in force to oppose the development on the night.
Both the Purley and Woodcote Residents Association and the South Woodcote Residents Association had lodged objections, in addition to local councillors and Croydon South MP Chris Philp.
Residents who did attend said afterwards the decision, sadly, would change the character of Woodcote Park Avenue forever.