Housing Crisis

Croydon housing crisis? What crisis?

Posted on May 11th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. 10 comments

Risks and opportunities as policymakers consider putting a roof over our heads

On Thursday 13th April, I went to Croydon Conference Centre in Surrey Street to attend a discussion titled ‘How do we solve Croydon’s housing crisis?’, which was billed as organised by Croydon Debate Club and featured Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central and minister for housing and London. Although this seemed at first glance to … 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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Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission to examine rise in homelessness

Posted on April 9th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission has announced that it is to examine the problem of homelessness in the borough

Release begins: Homelessness in Croydon is a serious issue – the Council received 2,593 homeless applicants in 2013/14, and more than 5,000 are on the waiting list for temporary accommodation.

This isn’t limited to Croydon but is a nationwide problem: figures released in a government report last week show that in the … Read More »

Supported housing in Croydon

Posted on November 21st, by Sarah Robson in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sarah Robson describes the challenges vulnerable adults in Croydon face in finding a home of their own

When I was asked to write an article about supported housing in Croydon, it took me some time to decide how to approach the subject. It’s hard to give this topic the attention it deserves without going into the ‘nitty gritty’ of funding, tendering and property development. Although … Read More »

Working in limbo: an axe hangs over a Croydon business community

Posted on October 13th, by Danielle Lowe in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Danielle Lowe is invited to meet the occupants of a North Croydon business centre, where she hears a troubling story

Rather garish mustard yellow painted brick walls, crowded out by three storeys of PVC windows, are the public face of Croydon House, Peall Road, Thornton Heath. It is surrounded by cars and vans on both sides of the road, leaving barely enough room for vehicles … Read More »

Affordable housing is needed, but is it deliverable?

Posted on July 15th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Labour swept into power in Croydon in May, and one of their stated priorities was to increase the provision of affordable housing. Tom Lickley examines whether this is possible

As the dust settled on the Labour Party’s victory in Croydon in late May, questions turned to whether they could deliver on their ‘Ambitious for Croydon’ campaign. One of the key aims, if not the key aim, … Read More »