Planning Appeal Lodged on 51 Christian Fields

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of planning permission for alterations and extension of garage at ground and first floor levels to form a two bedroom detached house and erection of a detached garage at 51 Christian Fields; application no. 16/00268/P.

The Council refused the applications for the following reason:

‘The proposal would constitute a cramped and unsatisfactory form of backland development out of keeping with the character of the locality with inadequate private

amenity space for future occupiers and would thereby conflict with Policies UD2, UD3, UD8, H2 and H5 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (The Croydon Plan 2006) Saved Policies 2013; Policies 7.4 and 7.6 of the London Plan 2011 (consolidated with alterations); and Policy SP4.1 of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies 2013.’

The appeal is to be decided on the basis of an exchange of written statements by the parties and a site visit by an Inspector.

Any comments already made following the original application for planning permission are being forwarded to the Inspectorate, copied to the appellant and will be taken into account by the Inspector in deciding the appeal.

Comments can be submitted by 28 October on or to Alison Kendall, Case Officer – The Planning Inspectorate, 3/05a Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the appeal reference number given above. You must send 3 copies.

The Appellant’s grounds of appeal on the Public Access Planning Register on the Council website at

states ‘A look at the street scene and block plan will show that the new dwelling fronts Covington road and because of the layout of the house adjacent to the new house, with considerable space on either of it is not the least cramped. It is hardly the typical backland development.

The width of the new dwelling compares favourably with other houses in Covington Way and the proposed dwelling will fit in well with the existing properties.

The rear garden has an area of 18 sq. m. which for a 3 bed space dwelling is reasonable; there is also considerable enclosed and gated space at the side and front of the dwelling available for occupants of the new dwelling. A small additional enclosed space is provided for bike and refuse storage. The LPA have commented that the garden is totally enclosed, this was to provide privacy and security for the occupiers. The enclosure is wooden fencing whose height can be reduced  by any future occupants if so desired.’

If you do submit comments to the Inspector please copy also to the Love Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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