7-9 Arkwright Road
04/05/2017 19:43:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Just back from another depressing night in front of Croydon's planning committee, where another back garden development in Sanderstead has been approved.
This is a strange application just down the road from an existing close but with its own access. Access was described in the report as only just acceptable
Why do we need to have a corner, an access road, a house, then another access road in such close proximity?
It would be far more sensible to have access off Shenley Close, but it was not to be. This appears to be a matter of commercial terms not being able to be agreed. I’m not convinced that, as a council, we should just accept that.
There is a badger set in the locality, no detail as to where it is located or what the impact will be. How could this application be reliably determined without that information?
The planning history tells us that nine years ago permission was refused for a single dwelling on this site. Now three is considered acceptable, with one placed very close to #53 The Ridgeway. 16m away. In the context of the sizes of plots in this area that’s very close.
This leads to a loss of privacy to #53 and the retention of the trees under TPO will not sufficiently mitigate this as the key tree standing between the two properties is not covered by TPO and could therefore be freely removed.
It looks to me as thought this is a site with viability issues and we are therefore being asked to accept a compromised scheme.
I do not object to this development in principle. The development of Shenley Close allowed in 2005 sets a precedent. But I do think this is not yet sufficiently thought through and argued it should either be deferred or refused to enable the significant outstanding issues to be resolved. A development of say the larger two houses, better spaced out and separated from #53 The Ridgeway and with access off Shenley Close, wouldn’t be unwelcome.
Once again, as is depressingly familiar, the six Labour councillors on the committee voted to approve it, opposed by the four Conservative councillors.
The only saving grace is that we were first on, so I can now go on to the Sanderstead Residents' Association AGM!