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Whose voice will be heard at the Develop Croydon forum?

Posted on November 16th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

With November’s Develop Croydon Forum Conference taking place on Wednesday, Sean Creighton asks what’s really developing

“Democracy is expensive and a privilege; a fair fee will remind the poor of that. Anyway, am I not worth the price?” So wrote solicitor Robert Hardy-McBride on his Twitter parody of Gavin Barwell (@Gav_Barwell). He was referring to the £350 + VAT ticket cost of attending the Develop … Read More »

Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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All yuppie apartments and no family homes – a risk for central Croydon?

Posted on March 6th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 4 comments

As private sector rental booms in Croydon, Sean Creighton takes a look at Criterion Capital’s housing projects

‘If councils no longer play a significant role as housing providers, they surely have a duty of care to ensure rogue landlords do not exploit the market’. (Property Week magazine, 26th September 2014.)

The significance of Croydon Council as a housing provider has of course declined steeply, … Read More »