Monday, September 18, 2006

Newspaper coverage on Beulah Hill

Victory for protesters against new home plans
Upper Norwood residents were celebrating last week when Croydon Council's planning committee rejected a proposal to develop 30 new homes on a site in Beulah Hill.
Last month, residents took to the streets of Upper Norwood to protest about over-development in the area, wielding banners demanding "Save Beulah Hill" and "No more traffic".
And at Thursday night's meeting around 50 residents who sat in the public gallery to hear the decision cheered as councillors on the planning committee rejected the plans.

Committee member councillor Vidhi Mohan said: "It seems to me that this development is still completely out of character with the other buildings in the area."
It also emerged at the meeting that only 40 per cent of the proposed development would be dedicated to affordable housing.
A spokesman for developer Barnfield Homes said: "The development is only 30 units so we don't actually have to provide 100 per cent affordable housing, in fact we don't have to provide any at all."
But despite his argument - and following representations from Upper Norwood councillor Pat Ryan and residents - the committee voted to reject plans for developing the site for a third time.
Speaking about the decision, Green Party member Shasha Khan, who has been supporting residents in their campaign, said: "I pay tribute to the resilience of those who declined to be bulldozed by those in favour of the proposal."
However, he also warned that future plans would be submitted: "It is clear that the planning committee has very limited grounds on which they can consider such developments and these need to be expanded considerably."
3:45pm Friday 15th September 2006
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