More than 100 flats, spread over a new tower block, could be built in South Norwood.
A planning application has been submitted by Brick by Brick – a Croydon Council owned company – to build the new homes on the land to the east side of Grosvenor Road. If approved, the scheme could see 102 flats and 58 car parking spaces built in the unused space, with 64% being earmarked for affordable housing.
The plan has been put forward to “improve” the area, with a report claiming it is currently subject to anti-social behaviour and is under-utilized. The report reads: “The site currently has some clear issues with the quality of the maintenance of the area, the space being ill-defined as to whether it is public or private, a lack of connectivity with some routes being fenced off, a lack of safety to the Network Rail path and anti-social behaviour issues associated with the bus stop. The areas of parking and hard amenity space are also poorly defined and haphazard.” It added: “The site therefore presents an opportunity to provide a much improved public realm, a considered layout with public routes responding to desire lines and safety and security to the Network Rail path, whilst also providing significant levels of accommodation and affordable housing.”
The plan proposes to build 61 one-bedroom flats, 38 two-bedroom flats and three three-bed flats. These new homes are the latest flats in South Norwood be proposed to the council, after an ‘eyesore’ of a building next to Norwood Junction station was also proposed recently. However, while the area may gain more affordable housing, it is set to impact the heritage. The report read: “The scheme is located within the South Norwood Conservation Area, the special character of which mostly relates to the historic Victorian high street. The existing tall buildings on the site are identified as detracting from that character.” As well as impacting on the area’s history, the loss of trees has also been flagged up as a potential issue. One tree marked as ‘high quality’ would be lost, as well as five other lower grade trees. The scheme is to be presented to Croydon Council’s planning committe on Monday evening (December 18).
Brick by Brick is a council-owned company which was set up last year. The council said it did this to achieve Croydon’s goal of 1,000 high quality new homes across the borough by 2019.