Norbury Update 9 April

Tuesday 12 April. 7 for 7.30pm. Love Norbury Mayoral Hustings

Your chance to listen to and question the candidates to be Croydon’s first elected Mayor at the Methodist Church Hall. Doors open at 7pm. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. The questions section will start with three from the Love Norbury Committee followed by questions for those attending. I suspect that key questions will be  litter and fly-tipping, the state of the High St and the Railway Station, and the bingo machines licence application.

You can read discussion on some of the issues facing the Mayoral candidates at:

This contains my list of questions. I have submitted them to those candidates for whom I have email addresses and will publish their replies.

The Future Community Use of Harlow Hall

In discussion with the Love Norbury Committee the Board of the Norbury Community Land Trust is drafting an expression of interest to the Council to become the manager of Harlow Hall. It would be very helpful to know from people:

  • involved in informal groups
  • with ideas for new activities

whether you would be interested in using Harlow Hall.

Please contact me as Chair of the Trust at

The Trust is a Community Benefit Company. Its aim include the ownership or management of community buildings and social regeneration and protection and improvement of open spaces. Membership is open to all Norbury residents, workers in and users of Norbury facilities. If you want to become a  member please look at the website at

Survey Researcher Wanted

As Chair of the Land Trust it would be helpful to be put in touch with anyone in Norbury who is experienced in conducting surveys. If you know anyone please ask them to email me at

Library Opening Hours From 4 April

Norbury Library is no longer going to be open on Saturdays, much to the consternation of many residents in Norbury. The new opening hours are:

To Thursday 21 April. Indian Classical Dance Exhibition and Performance

The Indian Classical Dance Exhibition is viewable at Norbury Library on its opening days, with performances etc on 21 April.

Saturday 4 June. Norbury Festival On The Green

Love Norbury continues to lock the detailed plans for its Summer Festival on St Helen’s Green into place. Does anyone know a local DJ with play deck and wide range of music? Caribbean food will be provided. Love Norbury is also looking for a local provider of e.g.Asian food. Volunteers to help with various tasks on the day are welcome. Please email

Planning Applications

3 Briar Avenue. Erection of two storey side extension and single storey side/rear extension. 

10 Ena Road. GPDO – single storey rear extension, plus LDC hip to gable roof conversion, erection of rear roof dormer, ground floor single storey rear extension and roof lights in the front roof slope. 

201 Norbury Avenue. GPDO. Single storey rear extension. 

82 Pollards Hill. Creation of accommodation in the roof spaces of some of the 5 new build houses in planning permission 20/03623/FUL.’ The internal layouts have been revised to accommodate the provision of the second floor and the additional staircases required. At the same time the layouts needed updating anyway to comply with the requirements on Planning Condition 11 which requires the houses to achieve compliance with Building Regulation Part M4(2) ‘accessible and adaptable’ or M4(3)(2)(a) ‘wheelchair adaptable’ dwellings. The submitted drawings show how Plot 1 can achieve M4(3) compliance and plots 2-5 can achieve M4(2) compliance. Changes to the consented fenestration to allow for dormer windows and velux windows. The internal changes required for the M4 compliance stated above require some minor alterations to the fenestration at ground and first floors. In addition, the new accommodation proposed in the roof space as submitted now includes the provision of dormer and velux windows which are all set within the consented roof forms’.

Planning Approvals

82 Dunbar Avenue.  Single storey rear extension.

42 Georgia Road. .LDC for loft conversion with erection of rear dormer. 

2A Green Lane Gardens. Retention of existing house, modifications to roof profile and related works to change pitch. Provision of landscaping, materials, cycle store, bin store, visibility splays materials and lighting details. 

56 Norbury Crescent. Legal Development Certificate – use of the property as 2 self-contained flats.

17 St Oswald’s Road .Erection of single-storey rear/side extension,  dormer extension with Juliet balcony, and alterations including altering roof of existing part single/two-storey side extension.

147 Strathyre Avenue. Details pursuant to the discharge of condition 3 (materials) from planning application 21/03944/HSE for ‘Erection of a single storey rear extension with a raised patio area’ . 

Planning Refusals

90 Ingram Rd

Conversion of garage to habitable space and erection of part single storey, part double storey side and rear extension  refused because ‘The depth, height and siting of the proposed extensions would result in undue harm to the residential amenities of the adjacent properties at 92 and 88 Ingham Road by virtue of visual intrusion and overshadowing’.

117 Biggin Hill

Erection of single storey rear extension and raising of existing ridge line refused because (1) ‘The proposed ridge line increase and alterations to the roof pitch would interrupt the existing roof forms and development pattern in the street scene by reason of design, bulk and massing’; and (2) ‘The depth and siting of the proposed single-storey rear extension would result in undue harm to the residential amenities of the adjacent property at 115 Biggin Hill through loss of light, outlook and visual intrusion’.

48 Crescent Way

LDC refused for use of ground floor flat as two 1 bedroom flats (existing use) because ‘Insufficient evidence has been provided to satisfy the Local Planning Authority that the use applied for was begun more than four years before the date of this application.’

1131 London Rd.   Erection of a two storey building with accommodation in the roof space at the rear of 1131 London Road comprising 1x one bedroom and 2x two bedroom flats. Reasons:

‘1 The inappropriate sub-division of the plot would result in a cramped form of development that would be out of keeping with the character and appearance of the surrounding ….

  • The proposed design and appearance of the development would fail to result in a high quality design that positively contributes to the street scene…
  • The proposed development would fail to be inclusive and would result in substandard accommodation by reason of inadequate floor areas, lack of private amenity areas and poorly designed and unusable communal amenity areas while Flat 1 would suffer from a lack of privacy …
  • The proposed development would be detrimental to the amenities of the occupiers of the host properties by reason of its size and siting resulting visual intrusion and a sense of enclosure…
  • The proposed parking levels are inadequate to serve the needs of the development given the sites low Public Transport Accessibility Level…
  • The siting of the cycle and refuse storage is poorly located and would fail to encourage more sustainable transport modes nor would they be readily accessible…’

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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