In response to the recent article in the Evening Standard ‘Film director clashes with ‘Labour royalty’ over ‘grotesque’ plans for office block’ 12 July 2017, I have had similar experiences with Labour run Croydon Council.
Unfortunately the propensity for pushing through planning applications is happening throughout London boroughs. Labour run Croydon has recently granted permission for a proposal through their offshoot company Brick By Brick for a six storey block of flats and numerous houses in an already heavily developed Conservation Area in Upper Norwood. While this proposal had over 70 objections from residents including the local Norwood Society, Croydon Council approved the plans without addressing any of the concerns raised including; existing traffic, crime, access and safety, transportation and parking, as well as an already buckling infrastructure.
Trying to communicate with the Ward Councillors throughout the process has been met with a stoney silence. This shows how biased and non transparent the planning process is, and highlights the fact that Councils push through their own agenda regardless of any opposition to their plans. There has been a total failure by local governments to serve local people.
If it is not Council’s intention to listen to, respond to or acknowledge residents concerns, clearly the case with these two developments, then there really is no need to have these planning applications or consultation processes. With all of the current negative press with London Councils, it’s time this process was urgently reviewed, the dead wood weeded out and the Councils returning to working for the residents.