This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 18/04/2017.
Croydon branded ‘get rich quick’ capital for developers after 11-storey building is approved
An 11-storey building which will include more than 40 apartments has been given the go-ahead to be built in the centre of Croydon.
Inspired Asset Management has been given consent to build Scarbrook House, a 42-home development on Scarbrook Road, near to the High Street and Surrey Street.
The scheme was approved by Croydon Council’s planning committee on March 23.
The entrance to the building would be on Scarbrook Road
At least ten units will be made available to lower-income first-time buyers through a shared ownership scheme, according to Inspired.
Martin Skinner, chief executive of Inspired Asset Management and Inspired Homes, said: “The scheme realises value from a now redundant car park that is the legacy of the former Green Dragon House office.
“The new development, Scarbrook House, will add 42 much-needed homes in a vibrant town centre location moments from Matthews Yard and Surrey Street Market, two popular Croydon hubs that are being regenerated for the community.
“Our proposals will provide a beautifully designed contemporary building with large balconies and lots of fenestration. The facade will comprise dark and light brickwork, contrasted with a light rendered grid, while a modern glazed brick design on the ground floor will add an engaging and colourful element to the building.”
Four car parking spaces will be provided for disabled residents and visitors – but no other spaces will be provided.
A minimum of 56 bicycle parking spaces have been promised.
Councillor Helen Pollard, who represents the Fairfield ward, believes the proposal should have been rejected by the council’s planning committee.
She said: “As I sat through the presentation with the carefully produced artists’ impressions that played down the impact the new tower would have on Green Dragon House, I thought that surely the planning committee could not approve such a scheme.
“There was a very good speech from a resident objecting to the tower, which clearly stated the impact it would have on himself and fellow residents.
“Council officers and the developer acknowledged the building would cut out light and take away views. Two Conservative councillors on the planning committee put forward a motion to refuse permission, but then, to my astonishment, the development was given the go-ahead.”
Cllr Pollard, who is also the shadow cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, went on to say that Croydon is at risk of becoming a place developers target to make money as quickly as possible.
She said: “The lack of regard for residents’ views is commonplace under the current administration of Croydon Council. Croydon will become the ‘get rich quick’ capital for developers who want to make money at the expense of residents who live and work in the town.”
Croydon Council has been approached for a comment.