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the initial application has been submitted in the correct manner, however, be aware that applications are sometimes withdrawn by the applicant between submission of our data to the printers and the Council’s decision deadline.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 16 August 2019.

Land To The Rear Of 494-496 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DJ

20 Shirley Church Road Croydon CR0 5EE

Ref. No: 19/03832/HSE – Erection of a first floor side and rear extension and a single storey rear extension.

Validated: Thu 15 Aug 2019

18 Oaks Road Croydon CR0 5HL

Ref. No: 19/03524/HSE – Erection of a two storey side extension

Validated: Fri 26 Jul 2019

19 South Way Croydon CR0 8RH

Ref. No: 19/03500/LP – Alterations, erection of a hip-to-gable roof extension and a rear dormer roof

Validated: Fri 26 Jul 2019

41 Shirley Church Road Croydon CR0 5EF

Erection of a proposed rear outbuilding

Validated: Wed 24 Jul 2019


Land To The Rear Of 494-496 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8DJ

Ref. No: 19/03060/FUL – Erection of detached dwelling with associated parking.

Validated: Tue 02 Jul 2019

We are reviewing this application as a potential back garden development.

19 Ash Road Croydon CR0 8HW

2A Ash Road Croydon CR0 8HU

83 Oak Avenue Croydon CR0 8EQ

The Shirley Inn Public House 158 Wickham Road Croydon CR0 8BF

SPRA planning sub-committee is currently reviewing both applications and will report in due course.

The Sandrock 152 Upper Shirley Road Croydon CR0 5HA

Decision:  Permission Refused

There were 157 comments to the Local Planning Authority from local residents and Residents Associations.  We will continue to be alert to any future resubmissions possibly with a scaled down application.

Croydon Local Planning Authority contact information:

Croydon Planning Department

Bernard Weatherill House,

8 Mint Walk,

Croydon CR0 1EA

Tel: 020 8726 6800


Web site:

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.