AUCKLAND RISE: CONTROVERSIAL PLANS SET TO BE APPROVED DESPITE NUMEROUS REASONS FOR ‘NO DEVELOPMENT’
Controversial plans to build infill homes on the Auckland Rise estate are set to get the go-ahead at a Croydon council planning committee tomorrow evening (Wednesday).
A myriad of objections have been raised to the proposals including:
- Numerous breaches of national and local policy guidelines
- Lack of consultation – Alongside hundreds of local residents, St John’s church – opposite the estate – and the Norwood Society were among local groups and organisations not consulted. Neither was Croydon North MP Steve Reed who only learned of the development when residents contacted him. A large number of residents living immediately adjacent to the estate have never ever been notified by Croydon council despite the fact the statement of community involvement states that all priorities within 50m from the site have received a letter about the Brick by Brick plans and an invitation to the public consolations.
- Overlooking and loss of daylight, loss of scenic views for residents on the estate – and those living on Sylvan Hill
- Loss of many mature trees
- Residents being expected to park on main and side roads putting cyclists and children at risk
- Extra traffic caused by events and open days at the Harris Academy by South Norwood Lakes and from a new nine-storey development on Sylvan Hill – which Brick by Brick’s travel plan doesn’t even mention.
- Loss of green space and play space
- No mention being made of a Planning Inspector’s decision to refuse a previous appeal for Auckland Rise because “the proposed development would have an overbearing, claustrophobic effect upon the adjoining occupiers” and that “The appeal site location has poor accessibility to public transport links.”And also: That Brick by Brick – the company set up and owned 100 per cent by Croydon council – failed to realise the estate lies in South Norwood ward – not Upper Norwood ward.