Croydon Council warns developers to provide infrastructure
DEVELOPERS hoping to build new homes in the borough will have to ensure the plans are backed up by adequate services.
This was made clear at Monday's council cabinet meeting which endorsed the adoption by the Mayor of London of the Croydon Opportunity Area planning framework (OAPF).
The OAPF will act as a blueprint from the mayor's office guiding future planning policies.
One of its main policies is to ensure 7,300 homes are built in the borough over the next 20 years.
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But Labour councillor Toni Letts wanted to make sure the building was not done in isolation.
She told the meeting that while she mostly welcomed the document, there needed to be clear policies which ensured that housing developments were supported by a proper infrastructure, including the provision of local health services and nursery schools.
Councillor Jason Perry, the council's cabinet member for planning, assured her: "If developers wish to build residential developments they will need to provide for infrastructure."
He said developers would be expected to provide details of the facilities they planned when they submitted planning applications.
The number of new homes proposed caused concern to Broad Green Labour councillor Stuart Collins.
He said he was worried new homes would be concentrated in the north of the borough, particularly around West Croydon, where services and parking for residents were already stretched.
He said: "I would like to see new housing spread across the borough. There is more room for development and more space for parking in the south."
Cllr Perry said: "We are not trying to put 7,000 new homes in West Croydon."
The number of homes earmarked for West Croydon over the next 20 years was 700, he added.