Green Dragon House

Planning betrayal at Green Dragon House

Posted on April 14th, by Helen Pollard in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Conservative councillor Helen Pollard can’t see the bright side of new construction that will, for some, literally block out the sun

On 23rd March 2017, residents of Green Dragon House in my own ward of Fairfield witnessed another triumph for a property developer. Croydon Council’s planning committee approved a scheme that allowed a tower block to be built within metres of their homes, blocking light … 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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The wisdom (and money) of the crowds comes to Croydon

Posted on April 16th, by Paul Scully in Economics & Business. No Comments

Ahead of tomorrow’s #Croydon #TechCity financial tech event, Paul Scully explains Croydon’s role in P2P lending’s history

Investment is key to every business, be it a start-up or a multinational. Yet sourcing and securing it remain key inhibiting factors for growth. Through the internet, crowd sourcing has quickly started to take shape as a possible solution. Websites like Kickstarter provide an answer for the problem … Read More »