Save Downsview Road from developers

Save Downsview Road from developers

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Downsview Residents started this petition to Home Secretary and

We are raising awareness for our cause to stop the development of flats on Downsview Road. This quiet road with, a unique set of bungalows/chalet bungalows on one eastern side, is in danger of being forever altered. Despite being protected by a mutual covenant, protecting the character and the land it sits upon, which developers are hoping to ignore. 

To give you a bit of history, Downsview Road is protected by a Restrictive Covenant dating back to 1927. A Covenant is a promise from our predecessors, and binds the owners of the bungalows/chalet bungalows to a mutual scheme. There are stipulations attached to our title deeds stating:

‘’DETACHED PRIVATE OR PROFFESIONAL HOUSES ONLY SHALL BE ERECTED

ON THE LAND. NOT MORE THAN ONE HOUSE SHALL BE ERECTED UPON ANY ONE PLOT’’

One of the bungalows has been purchased by a developer, with planning permission to build a two and half story building, looking from the pavement it will look like a four-story red brick building. These flats will be in the middle of the street and will tower over adjoining properties. As you can imagine we hoped planning legislation would protect us from this type of action, but it has not been the case. Local feeling against this destruction of Downsview Road runs extremely high, with over 50 residents showing opposition through signs in their gardens. Unfortunately, developers have now demolished number 19 and are pressing ahead with their plans. This could set a precedent for the other 4 bungalows on our street to be demolished and flats built in their place, completely ruining Downsview Road.

The developers already have a very bad reputation, and seem to act with impunity against the rights of local residents. There are many cases across South East London of communities suffering from over development of their local area. Across Crystal Palace, Upper Norwood and Streatham many green spaces and houses are being bulldozed to make way for flats. In this case planning permission was granted despite multiple objections. 

Please help us by supporting this petition, and hopefully encourage Croydon Council to investigate their relationship with developers. 

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