Planning Report – March 2019



Planning Complaints




Land at rear of 10-12 Woodmere Close – Ref: 19/00051/FUL
Erection of 1 x three bed detached dwelling.

This proposal is expanding the development at the location. Recent applications for 2-4 & 4-6 Woodmere Close have all been approved. The proposal meets all Croydon Local Plan Policies even though it is back-garden Development.

Consultation Closed: 1st Feb 2019
• Objections: 0
• Supporting: 0
Permission Granted: 27th Feb 2019

32 Woodmere Avenue – Ref: 19/00783/FUL
Demolition of the existing property and the erection of a replacement detached two storey building with accommodation in the roof-space, comprising 7 self-contained flats (2 x 1 bedroom, 3 x 2 bedroom and 2 x 3 bedroom) with 5 off street car parking spaces, bike store, integrated refuse store and site access.

Although the proposed development presented is architecturally acceptable the proposal fails on a number of design requirement Planning Policies which results in an overdevelopment of the proposal for the locality and would not provide acceptable living conditions for future occupants. We therefore objected to this proposed development on grounds of over-development and non-compliant to the current adopted London Plan Policy 3.4 Optimising Housing Potential due to excessive Residential Density of 350hr/ha and excessive Housing Density 116.67 u/ha at a locality of PTAL 1a. without Justification.

MORA Objection sent: 14th Mar 2019
Consultation Close: 24th Mar 2019
Target Decision: 16th Apr 2019
• Total Consulted: 25
• Objections: 15
• Supporting: 0

Further developments are in the April 2019 Planning Report.

“Parklife” – Development of new football and community facilities at Purley Way and Ashburton Playing Fields.
The process for Parklife Croydon Project has been extended to accommodate further technical design requirements on both sites. The Project team now aim to submit a planning application in the spring (2019), and the Team will be updating the Council website and notifying everyone who has signed up to the mailing list.

On submission of a Planning Application residents will have a 13-week consultation period to register their comments prior to planning committee.

More information:


197 Shirley Road – Ref: 19/00229/FUL
Erection of two storey detached (one-bedroom) dwelling. Lower Ground floor (Basements) – Back garden development.

This location is designated “Focussed Intensification.”
Basement in area subject to surface water flooding, has no natural light (no light-well), no parking arrangements and does not meet London Plan Policies on local character or Croydon Plan DM10 Local Character.

MORA Objection sent: 17th Feb 2019
Consultation Closed: 21st Feb 2019
Target Decision: 15th Mar 2019
• Total Consulted: 9
• Objections: 5
• Supporting: 0
Permission Refused: 15th Mar 2019

2 Round Grove – Ref: 19/00219/FUL
Land Adjacent to Rosecroft Round Grove Croydon CR0 7PP
Proposal: Demolition of Sub Station and erection of a two-bedroom two storey dwelling with associated amenity space, car parking, refuse storage and cycle storage.

We objected to this proposed development on grounds that the Residential Density of 213.11hr/ha is inappropriate at PTAL 1a and is more appropriate to a locality at PTAL of 2.63 (i.e. approaching 3) and as the applicant has not provided any justification for deviating from these recommended ranges as required of the policy is non-compliant to the current adopted London Plan Policy 3.4 Optimising housing potential.

We objected to this proposed development on the grounds that the proposed dwelling does NOT meet the required minimum space standards for a 2-bed, 4-person, 2-storey dwelling in respect of minimum floor space (GIA) requirement or minimum Storage space standards requirement and therefore does not fully comply with the London Plan Policy 3.5 Quality and design of housing developments Table 3.3 Minimum Space Standards for New Dwellings.

We object to this proposed development on the grounds that it does NOT demonstrate that the architectural detail reflects the existing architectural detailing that contribute to the character to be retained and therefore is NOT compliant to the Croydon Plan Policy 10 Design & Character at Policy 10.7 a). The proposed development roof form is completely different in structure and visual appearance to the roof forms of the surrounding dwellings and buildings and therefore does NOT positively contribute to the character of the local and wider area or is NOT sympathetic with its local context and therefore is non-compliant to Croydon Plan Policy DM10.7 d) and the proposed development does NOT respect, enhance or strengthen local character as the proposal is of an entirely different architectural design to that of the predominant local character and therefore is non-compliant to Croydon Plan Policy 10 Design & Character Policy 10.9 a).

We also Objected on grounds that the Refuse & Recycling provision is woefully inadequate and does NOT meet the requirements of the Croydon Plan Policy DM13: Refuse and recycling. We also object to this proposed development on the ground that the parking provision is totally inadequate and unlikely to be used for the purpose intended as the ingress and egress would be too difficult and awkward and that egress would be hazardous to pedestrians and is therefore non-compliant to Croydon Plan Policy DM30: Car and cycle parking in new development. The proposed development does not comply with the Policies of the Shirley “Place” Homes para 11.200 as it does NOT respect existing residential character and local distinctiveness and Shirley “Place” Character, Heritage and Design para 11.201 as it is NOT sensitive to the existing residential character

After analysis it was shown that it would not be possible to manoeuvre a car into the allocated parking space.
MORA Objection sent: 11th Feb 2019
Consultation Closed: 23rd Feb 2019
Target Decision: 27th Mar 2019
• Total Consulted: 6
• Objections: 7
• Supporting: 0
Application withdrawn by the applicant: 14th Mar 2019

Planning Complaints

9a Orchard Rise – Ref: 18/06070/FUL
Demolition of the existing house and office and erection of a two-storey apartment block comprising 4 two-bedroom apartments and 5 three-storey three- bedroom houses, together with associated access and parking.

We objected on grounds of non-compliance with Policy DM25 a) as surface run-off is not adequately managed at the source as required by the policy.

We also objected on grounds of it being inappropriate for the location and Non-Compliant to London Plan Policy 3.5 which requires a presumption against back garden development. London Plan Table 3.3 Minimum Space Standards for new dwellings, storage space; London Plan Policy 7.4 Local Character; Croydon Local Plan Policy DM10 – Design and Character at Policy DM10.1, DM10.2, DM10.5 and DM10.8. Also, on non-compliant to Croydon Local Plan Policies DM13 – Refuse & Recycling at DM13.1 & DM13.2; Policy DM23 – Development and Construction; DM25 – Sustainable Drainage Systems and Reducing Flood Risk and DM27 – Protecting and enhancing our biodiversity. The proposed development has inadequate Fire Precautions as Fire Tenders could not gain access to the site. The proposal Lacks an Ecological and Wildlife Assessment Survey.

MORA Objection sent: 10th Jan 2019
MORA Objection addendum sent: 25th Jan 2019
Consultation Closed: 30th Jan 2019
• Total Consulted: 59
• Objections: 42
• Supporting: 0
Councillor referrals: Councillor Sue Bennett & Councillor Richard Chatterjee
Case Officer Report recommends: Grant Approval
Planning Committee Slot: 21st Mar 2019
Permission Granted: 21st Mar 2019

MORA Stage 1 Complaint (28th Mar 2019) relevant Planning Policies contained in the emerging Supplementary Planning Guidance at Suburban Residential Development SPD2 were NOT adequately considered in the determination of this planning application (Case Number: 4939913).

Further developments are in the April 2019 Planning Report.

20-22 The Glade – Ref: 18/05928/FUL
Erection of 2 x three bed semi-detached dwellings with associated access and parking. Formation of parking areas for 20 & 22 The Glade.

We Objected to this development proposal on the grounds of being non-compliant to the current adopted London Plan Policy 3.4 Optimising housing potential, with respect to Residential Density at PTAL 1a and being non-compliant to the Croydon Local Plan Policy DM10.4e relating to garden development by NOT meeting the required minimum area of 200m2 and that the policy requirement of a minimal length of 10m throughout the width of the retained garden area of the host property at 22 The Glade.

MORA Objection sent: 4th Jan 2019
Consultation closed: 6th Jan 2019
Target Decision: 1st Feb 2019
• Total Consulted: 18
• Objections: 11
• Supporting: 0
Permission Granted: 1st Feb 2019

MORA Stage 1 Complaint (14th Feb 2019) against approval as Non-Compliant on Residential Densities and Back Garden Development Policies (Case Number: 4893951).
Stage 1 Response
(5th Mar 2019) from Pete Smith, Head of Development Management.
MORA Stage 2 Complaint (14th Mar 2019)

Further developments are in the April 2019 Planning Report.


New Draft London Plan
MORA contribution to hearing M19 – Housing Supply Targets (8th Feb)
MORA contribution to hearing M20 – Small Sites (13th Feb)
MORA contribution to hearing M36 – Housing Quality and Standards (27th Feb)
MORA contribution to hearing M39 – Density – (5th March)

This last Hearing on M39 – Density had the MORA representation actually included in the Agenda List for discussion. This to my mind was a major achievement for me!

Hearings are webcast if you are interested. The audio recordings can be downloaded when they become available at:

New Supplementary Planning Guidance Document (SPD2) for Consultation published 3 Sept to 15th October 2018.
Documents can be obtained by downloading from the Council’s website:

MORA submitted 32 representation forms commenting on aspects of the draft Document during the consultation period.

There has not been any feedback from the council as to the results of this consultation or whether they will take any notice of the issues raised.

MORA Planning

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