However, steps are being taken to improve matters across the capital, and Croydon Council is looking to introduce measures that will offer new homes for the suburban areas of Croydon.

The new suburban development planning policy aims to offer an SPD2, a Supplementary Document Number 2, and this will create guidelines for dependable new homes in the area. This guide will be provided to residents and developers, offering information and advice on how to obtain the best standard of homes.

New properties need to be integrated alongside existing buildings

There will be advice specific for certain areas, and developers will receive guidance on best practice on integrating new homes into a community. Although there is a high demand for new property in Croydon, new properties need to be introduced.

Councillor Paul Scott is the Cabinet Leader for Regeneration and Planning, and he released a statement, saying; “We have a housing crisis in London and we need to build many thousands more homes to ensure everyone has a decent quality home.  SPD2 provides guidance for the whole borough, and should be used by residents, developers, builders and agents including architects and consultants in shaping proposals and it will assist in making decisions on planning applications.”

Developers must take the lead and remember the overall need for new buildings in Croydon

While it is pleasing to see residents mentioned frequently concerning the document, the onus must fall on developers and agents. Yes, residents should be consulted over what the area needs and how new buildings should integrate with the community, but ultimately, it is professionals who need to provide more houses to the area.

There is backing for the scheme from the Labour Councillor for Addiscombe West, Sean Fitzsimmons, who spoke to East London Lines, saying; “It’s unrealistic of opponents of SPD2 to expect Town Centre or Brownfield sites to deliver all 30k plus homes that Croydon need to deliver to meet the housing needs of Croydon residents. This policy sets out the guidelines to ensure the 10k homes the suburbs need to deliver, both north and south of Croydon Town Centre, is done in a sensitive and sustainable manner. But change is coming to Croydon suburbs, and they need to do their part in solving the housing crisis. The SPD2 ensures this is done in a sustainable way.”

There have been many developments in Croydon of late, but many more developments are required to meet demand in this area.

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