Tindale Close appeal
16/09/2015 10:23:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
After a very lengthy delay whilst the appeal was validated, the appeal on Croydon's refusal of permission for a back garden development at 13 Tindale Close has finally made it onto the Planning Inspectorate's site http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/search.
This was, in my opinion, a very poor scheme with difficult access, loss of privacy to neighbours, poor living space and a host of other problems. Nearby residents were united in their opposition to it and I was very pleased when, following my referral, the council refused the application.
Now it has gone to appeal and we must object all over again. If you live nearby and have a concern, you can submit it by following the link above and searching for case 3038438. I have already made my objection.
Worryingly the old policy of the council which resisted back garden developments (as adopted when the Conservatives ran the council) is about to be changed by its new Labour administration. The policy which specifically limited the possibility of back land development is to be withdrawn by our Labour council, giving residents much less potential to resist inappropriate back land developments in the future.
Whilst I respect Labour's desire to increase housing supply, this piecemeal and haphazard approach to infill sites is just going to make existing residents' lives a misery. And we have to remember that the poor quality and shoe-horned in dwellings this policy will lead to will be with us for a hundred years - so they are not decisions to be taken on a whim.