Get your hands dirty in a good cause

Hall Grange is continuing the process of reclaiming the historically important garden in their grounds and tidying up the rest of their garden areas; this is a chance to contribute by getting dirty.

They are looking to plant bulbs in their borders, on Saturdays 19 and 26 October beween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations of bulbs, and volunteers for planting always welcome – please contact Brian on 07926 151 142 if you can help.

An elected Mayor for Croydon?

Members may have come across a campaign to have Croydon run by an elected Executive Mayor; more can be found at

The Executive Committee of SPRA has agreed that although the Committee may be divided on this issue, Association members should be given the opportunity to visit the campaign website so that they can make an informed decision.

Planning news

The monthly list of planning applications in our area, as worked on by SPRA’s planning sub-committee, includes

Planning applications are reviewed as they arise from Croydon Local Planning Authority.  SPRA planning sub-committee will highlight to SPRA Executive Committee any proposals that are deemed detrimental to our neighbourhood.  In advance of going to print for SPAN magazine, residents can access the most up to date planning information from the sub-committee on the SPRA web site link

The Council guidelines state that you have until the consultation deadline to make a comment (object, support or be neutral) and if you do not comment within that period the Council will assume that you do not wish to comment.  However, even if the publicity period has expired (a notice posted at or near the site or letters sent  to adjacent occupiers; details on the Planning website or for certain projects an entry in the local Guardian newspaper) it may not be too late to comment.  You must comment in writing and you can do this by letter, email or via the website, see the links below.  In all cases quote the property address and if possible the planning reference number.  The ‘Validated’ date is the date that the Council has checked that the initial application has been submitted in the correct manner, however, be aware that applications are sometimes withdrawn by the applicant between submission of our data to the printers and the Council’s decision deadline.  It is worth always checking the Planning website or phoning the Council for the most up to date status of the application you may be interested in.

We can report the following planning applications in the preceding month to 1 February 2020.

25 Temple Avenue Croydon CR0 8QE

Ref. No: 19/04528/LP – Hip to gable roof alteration to incorporate rear dormer and front roof lights

Validated: Mon 23 Sep 2019

63 Oak Avenue Croydon CR0 8EP

Ref. No: 19/04525/HSE – Alterations, erection of a two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension

Validated: Mon 30 Sep 2019

83 Oak Avenue Croydon CR0 8EQ

Ref. No: 19/04978/HSE – Erection of single storey rear extension and patio area/steps.

Validated: Mon 21 Oct 2019

43 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BU

Ref. No: 19/04891/HSE – Erection of a single-storey rear extension with projecting skylight.

Validated: Tue 15 Oct 2019

43 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BU

Ref. No: 19/04890/LP – Rear dormer with Juliet balcony and 2x front roof lights to allow for a loft conversion.

Validated: Tue 15 Oct 2019

38 Sandpits Road Croydon CR0 5HG

Ref. No: 19/04844/FUL – Alterations, erection of a part single storey rear extension, part two storey rear extension and installation of a new window within the side elevation.

Validated: Mon 14 Oct 2019

209 Devonshire Way Croydon CR0 8BZ

Ref. No: 19/04808/HSE – Alterations, erection of a single storey rear extension.

Validated: Fri 11 Oct 2019

Tesco Express Filling Station 564-566 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DN

Ref. No: 19/04364/ADV – Installation and replacement of various illuminated signs.

Validated: Mon 21 Oct 2019

Updates on previous applications objected to by SPRA

580-582 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DN

19/02319/FUL – Erection of single storey front restaurant extension along with outdoor seating area with retractable canopy

Validated: 4 July 219

Decision: Permission Refused Fri 23 Aug 2019

Appeal Submitted.


18/02020/FUL – Erection of a single storey front glass facade extension (Retrospective).

Decision: Permission Refused Thu 28 Jun 2018

Appeal Decision : Dismissed appeal 1 April 2019

We still await the outcome of the second appeal and will update in due course.  SPRA objected to these applications and are pleased that Croydon Local Planning Authority refused both applications.  The appeal against the retrospective application was dismissed.  We have been informed that the Croydon Local Planning Authority enforcement officer issued an instruction to remove this illegal development and, if not heeded, the owners would be issued with a Court Order.  However, we note on the planning portal that an appeal has now been submitted on the canopy application.  If refused we expect enforcement action by the LPA about which we will report.

Former Shirley Garden Centre 60 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8BA (Shirley North ward)

19/01977/FUL – Demolition of existing buildings to the rear of the site (A1) and construction of a part 1 and part 2 storey building, change of use of part of the ground floor commercial space (A1) to form a mixture of A1 and B1. Associated car parking, boundary treatment, cycle and refuse stores, landscaping and ancillary works.

Decision approved to allow change of use to a specialist Travel Agents.

Protect our green spaces – SPRA’s responses

The Inspector’s report on Croydon’s Borough Planning document included the comment that he had not formally recognised various green spaces as needing protection from develoment because the Council had not shown evidence of the need for such protection.

The Council accordingly sought evidence from members of the public and SPRA has responded fully in respect of the vulnerable green spaces within our Association’s area.

These can be read through the following link (thanks are due to the team who put these responses together and to those who made these links available).

https://Green Spaces Consultation

Members are reminded that it is responses such as these which are so valuable a benefit for your subsciption and that SPAN – one of the best residents’ association magazines in the country – is another part. You don’t merely pay your sub to get SPAN, you also get the volunteers’ services behind responses such as those above.

Croydon Council contact details


At the recent SPRA AGM, residents were concerned about the difficulty of reaching Croydon Council departments and some had been advised that all communication had to be sent by email or contact made though the Council website. People were worried that this would exclude those who were not online (often the elderly) from raising their concerns.  Shirley South Councillor Scott Roche investigated this on our behalf and has been assured that everyone can still contact the Council by phone.   The following numbers are direct dials for the various departments:

General: 0208 726 6000

Bins and Recycling: 0208 726 6200

Housing Repairs for Council Homes: 0208 726 6101

Planning and building control: 0208 726 6800

Parking and Streets: 0208 726 7100

Highway Maintenance: 0208 255 2816

Please note that Council departments close at 4pm each day.

Car theft alert

We have been advised of two recent break-ins to cars parked on front drives, where car windows have been smashed to steal, one presumes, items left on the seats, or look for parking cash from the glove compartment, or perhaps to steal the car. It’s safest not to leave any items visible in the body of your car when parked … even an empty carrier bag may look tempting to a thief.