Thursday, August 17, 2006

New housing developments


Dear Editor

Across the borough of Croydon, local residents are seeing new housing developments being built. Each one increasing the density of the number of homes in a locality.
One such development is 66-70 Beulah Hill Upper Norwood. In this case, perfectly acceptable housing stock is being demolished and replaced with higher density housing. This is nonsensical when nearby Ormesby Court lies empty and neglected. Across London 100,000 homes remain empty.
Croydon Council needs to look at planning applications as a whole and how they affect the wider area, not on a piecemeal basis. This includes factoring in the impact from increased traffic, pressure on public services and air quality to determine the optimum size of wards within the borough.
Finally, all new housing needs to be designed with low energy consumption in mind.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Party
Windmill Road

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