The Strategic Planning meeting m Thursday 21st July last night and voted 6 to 5 in favour of a 55 story residential skyscraper that will cast a shadow over half the ward and blight the lives of hundreds of residents. All 6 Tory Councillors voted in favour of the scheme whilst the 5 Labour councillors voted against.
Despite opposition from over 800 local residents led by RECC, Addiscombe Ward councillors, local MP and the GLA Member the planning committee voted through the scheme. Labour councillor Paul Scott who moved that the application be rejected stated that “although the scheme would bring many benefits to Croydon, the cost to local residents was too high a price to pay”.
Councillor Officers admitted that the tower’s shadow would stretch to 840 metres during the winter months and that it would take an hour to pass, blocking sunlight for hundreds of residents (Havelock Road is 900 metres from Cherry Orchard Road).
Cllr Sean Fitzsimons who spoke on behalf of the ward councillors pointed out that whilst most of the objections were from local residents, many of those who wrote in favour of the scheme did not live in the ward and some lived as far away as Leeds.