NEW HOMES PLANNED ON SYLVAN HILL ESTATE – But Croydon won’t be demolishing any existing ones
Croydon council are planning to build new homes on the Sylvan Hill estate – with Croydon acting as the developer
But in stark contrast to Lambeth council’s hugely controversial ‘Homes for Lambeth’ scheme, Croydon say they will not be demolishing ANY existing homes on either Sylvan Hill or the Rushden Close estate under their new ‘Brick by Brick’ scheme.*
Sylvan Hill is one of around 50 sites across the borough which Croydon say have been identified that potentially could be used to build around 1,000 new homes by 2018.
Others in the area include: Hermitage Road, SE19 3QN – Land adjacent to Hermitage Road and Virgo Fidelis Convent School; Oxford Road – 20 A-D Oxford Road, SE19 3JH – The site occupied by demountable homes.
Ravensdale Gardens, SE19 3QD and Rushden Close Estate, SE19 3QB. Croydon council say Brick by Brick will be undertaking a wider study of this estate, to identify areas where new homes could be built. This will not involve pulling down any existing properties.
Sylvan Hill Estate, SE19 3DX Croydon say Brick by Brick will be undertaking a wider study of this estate, to identify areas where new homes could be built. This will not involve pulling down any existing properties.
Eagle Hill Garages, SE19 3JL – Garages to the rear of 61-69 Eagle Hill; Marston Way, SE19 3JB – Garages on Marston Way;
“Feasibility studies are now under way” said a council spokeswoman.”When suitable sites have been identified, the council will be engaging with local people about any possible residential development in their area.”
Croydon’s cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning Cllr Alison Butler says: “We can no longer afford to sit back and let the market take its course, as it is just not delivering enough homes to meet demand, leaving many of our residents homeless or stuck in temporary accommodation, unable to afford to rent or buy.
“Although the private sector has a huge part to play in helping Croydon to achieve its targets, the council also a direct role to play in making sure we are providing enough new and affordable homes for local families.”
A council statement says: “Croydon is one of a handful of local authorities that is taking an innovative commercial approach to house building bysetting up development companies in order to address housing shortages and meet increasing demand in their own communities.
Calling the scheme “an ambitious house-building programme” Croydon says its development company – Brick by Brick – will build the much-needed housing on council-owned land across the borough.
*News From Crystal Palace is trying to clarify what the situation with demountable homes in Oxford Road would be.