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Croydon approves first batch of new council housing

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Croydon Council has approved the first batch of a new housing drive in the borough, led by the local authority’s own private development company Brick by Brick

The first phase schemes have been designed by Coffey Architects – which has drawn up plans for 58 homes on four separate sites – Stitch Studio and Mae Architects.

The consents cover eight sites and will create 111 new homes across the south London borough, delivering a mix of properties for private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent.

Mae’s 38-home proposal in Kingsdown Avenue on the south-east facing side of Purley Vale was the only application to go to committee – the others were waved through by Croydon Council under delegated powers.

Other architects working on Brick by Brick’s wider push to build more than 1,000 ‘high quality’ new homes on council-owned infill sites by 2019 include Mikhail Riches, vPPR, HTA and Pitman Tozer.

The arm’s-length company is hoping to achieve 50 per cent affordable housing across all developments as part of its £270 million Smaller Site Programme.

Colm Lacey, managing director of Brick by Brick, said: ‘We are delighted to have received planning consent for this first batch of sites.

‘This is a key milestone on our journey to create much-needed new housing for all incomes throughout the borough, and we look forward to getting these schemes into production this summer.’

The earliest completions are expected in summer 2018.

Batch 1 (9 sites, 111 units)

Croydon batch 1

Croydon batch 1

  1. Stitch, Northbrook
  2. Coffey Architects, Uvedale Crescent
  3. Coffey Architects, King Henrys Drive
  4. Coffey Architects, Oxford Road
  5. Coffey Architects, Chertsey Road Garages
  6. Mikhail Riches, Hermitage
  7. Stitch, Regina Road
  8. Mae Architects, Kingsdown Avenue
  9. Stitch, Malton House
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  • A glimmer of light in the housing for people (as opposed to housing for a fat profit) gloom.

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