The Hyde Group housing association submitted a planning application to Croydon Council to transform Croydon World of Golf and the 18-hole Dragon Quest Adventure Golf course, in Long Lane, Addiscombe, into a large housing development with green space.
Initial proposals to demolish the facility to provide extra housing in the area were announced at the start of 2016 but Hyde’s suggestion of building 137 houses on the site was opposed by both Labour and Conservative politicians at the public consultation stage.
The developer returned with revised plans for a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme of 129 units (made up of 75 three-bedroom houses, 32 two-bedroom, two three-bedroom flats and 20 one-bedroom flats) a new public park and a community centre.
Croydon Council rejected this application on January 6. Its reasons included the developer failing to provide enough evidence that homes built on the site would be safe from flooding and also not add to the flood risk.
The land is also protected against development by Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) status and the council’s planning officer report states the plans would be “inappropriate”.
A spokesman for The Hyde Group said the developer is “considering appealing” the refusal on the basis the plans would open the site up to public access by providing 1.5 hectares of new public parkland, amounting to 40 per cent of the site.
“This would also involve the creation of a publicly accessible green link from Long Lane Wood through to South Norwood Country Park,” the spokesman added.
“The Hyde Group’s proposals would make a valuable contribution to Croydon’s affordable housing need.”
application for this site.Craig Horn, from The Hyde Group, said: “We are disappointed by the decision to refuse our planning
“The project team worked hard to put together a scheme that delivers 100 per cent affordable housing while also ensuring that almost half of the site is provided as green space in the form of a new public park for the local community.
“All too often development proposals are criticised for not providing enough affordable housing so it’s frustrating that our efforts to bring forward a truly unique scheme which would make a substantial contribution to Croydon’s need for new affordable housing have not been recognised by the local authority.”
World of Golf continues to operate from the site.