This post was first published by My London on 22/02/2019.
Foxes and deer could suffer because of a new block of flats, Kenley residents fear
Nine new apartments could replace a two-storey house.
Residents are worried that a new block of flats planned for Kenley could affect foxes and deer in the area.
It’s one of several concerns sounded by more than 70 neighbours of the site in Hermitage Road.
Meanwhile, Croydon South MP Chris Philp has said he fears the development would ‘destroy family housing’.
This is what is planned:
The flats will be made up of seven two-bedroom flats, one three bedroom and another one bedroom, all for private sale.
It will include six parking spaces and 18 bicycle parking spaces.
There would also be outdoor space and a children’s play area.
The plans have been submitted by Aventier Ltd.
There were 59 objections at first, and a further 15 when plans were amended. There were no supporting comments each time.
People have lots of different concerns
Increasing traffic to the road, off Kenley Lane, is one of the issues highlighted in a report to councillors.
One comment reads: “Kenley Lane is single track and traffic conditions are already hazardous.
“Adverse impact on highway safety due to increase in volume of vehicles using Kenley Lane, increase street parking and increase number of vehicles entering and leaving the site.”
Others said they were concerned that there was not enough public transport in the area.
Some said there would not be enough parking spaces.
And others say they are concerned about the impact on nature, including fox dens and deer.
Croydon South MP Chris Philp said he feared it would ‘destroy family housing’.
He said: “This is yet another example of an application that destroys family housing and changes the character of the area.
“Sadly, Croydon’s Labour council has been giving planning consent indiscriminately to these schemes, passing 90-95% of the applications they see.
“I hope, on this occasion, they will reject it.”
He added that concreting over green space to make way for parking would change the look of the area. “One of the nice things about our part of the borough is it is green,” he said.
“I strongly oppose that loss of green space.”
What’s the council’s view?
An officers’ report, set to be heard by Croydon Council’s planning committee, said: “Having considered all of the above, against the backdrop of housing need, officers are of the opinion that the proposed development would comply with the objectives of the above policies in terms of respecting local character. ”
Despite the objections, the application is recommended for approval.
The council’s planning committee will discuss the plans at a meeting on Thursday, January 17, at Croydon Town Hall, starting at 6.30pm.