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Development and Conservation polices. Is enough being done to protect

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#1 Norwood lad

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 01:42 PM

Development and Conservation polices. Is enough being done to protect the Triangle.



Looking around the Traingle its depressing to see yet another new development has cut corners, used cheap materials and been built not to the approved plans and go against the areas conservation areas. Once built they will be there for years and the only ones who benefit are developers bank balances.


In the Last year new build and refurbishments at 78 Westow St, The Cambridge Pub, 23 Westow Hill ( Ex Black Sheep bar) and now 16 Westow Hill have all been unlawful  and broken conservation polices and deviated from approved plans purely to increase profits for developers who seem to care little for the area.


In the past local councils would keep an eye on new developments with building control but its pretty clear this is no longer happening and its only down to sharp eyed residents that councils are made aware of the crud that is going up.


The area is seeming a tremendous amount of development so its paramount what is built is built to a better quality than what its replacing which is often original buildings that have changed little since they were originally built in the 19th Century. There is no reason why a developer can't appreciate and improve on whats on the triangle but sadly with light monitoring going on they take the proverbial and cut corners as much as they can get away with.


In the past local organisations like the Norwood Society and the Crystal Palace Community Association would try and monitor the area but both seem to be shadows of there former selves so gaps in looking after the area are opening up.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions what to do about it? 


Recently updated Conservation policies for the Triangle.
The conservation area general guidance supplementary planning document provides guidance for development and maintenance of properties and sites within conservation areas which includes:
demolition of buildings
alterations to buildings
design of new development
satellite dishes.

Edited by Norwood lad, 20 June 2015 - 01:43 PM.

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 05:54 PM

Croydon turned down the Lidl at Crown Point for conservation reasons.

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:42 PM

Looks like a magnet for overseas investors!

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