This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 19/01/2018.
Sanderstead could lose ‘very valuable car park’ for new flats
A planning application, submitted on December 23, has been put forward to put the council by Brick by Brick to build 14 new flats in a three-story building.
Sanderstead is to lose a “very valuable car park” in place of new flats, concerned residents have warned.
A planning application, submitted on December 23, has been submitted by the Croydon Council-owned private development company Brick by Brick to build 14 new flats in a three-story building.
If approved, the new build will see th car park, on Station Approach next to Sanderstead Station, lose half of its spaces.
Dennis King, Chairman of the Sanderstead Residents’ Association, said: “People who come in from quite far away use it, and people in the area who cannot walk there.
“That car park is a very valuable asset for people to use in the community.”
The application proposes to build seven one-bedroom and seven two bedroom flats in the area, with associated car parking and cycle parking spaces.
It has already been discussed with planning officers at a pre-application engagement, in February and May of last year, where concerns were raised about the car park.
The report read: “At the initial meeting, the discussions generally focused on the design of the proposed development and concerns regarding the loss of the existing car park.
“The Council suggested a review of the proposed unit mix and the height and mass, with consideration to the Site’s surroundings and street presence.”
The application poses that the new build will help to provide more affordable homes, in relation to the housing crisis.
It read: “[The build] will help to deliver increased housing supply through sustainable growth; building more affordable homes; facilitating employment and economic growth; a focus on District and Neighbourhood Centres as well as the Croydon Opportunity Area; and increased emphasis on culture up to 2036.”
Mr King says he worries about the effect the new flats could have on the community and the nearby business’ trade.
He said: “The car park currently has room for 28 cars and these spaces are going to reduce to 14.
“And the dwellings are going to offer people who want to make use of it. So anybody who wants to go shopping has the option to use it.
“I only live about half a mile away, so I can walk there, but you’ve got neighbours who are not able to navigate that distance.”
He added: “It will be a huge loss to the community.”
John Newberry, 59, said: “I think if we’re not careful some local businesses could collapse.
“It’s difficult both ways, homes are needed and it’s right next to the station. It’s good for lots of people but from the local businesses point of view, I just think it would work.
“I drive to the fish and chip shop a lot, so I always park in that spot and if spaces weren’t there it could make you want to drive elsewhere.”
A decision if the new build will be approved has still to be made by the council’s planning committee.
If approved, the flats would be among hundreds being built on parcels of land across the borough by Brick by Brick, which is a private development company wholly owned by Croydon Council.