Why have I received a leaflet from Brick by Brick?
You have received a leaflet because your home is within approximately 50 metres of a site that we will be exploring. From July 2019, we will be spending several weeks carrying out initial site investigations and surveys to help us establish if sites are potentially suitable for the development of new homes.
Why has an area near me been chosen for new homes?
There is a high need for new homes in Croydon and, as such, we need to look at developing all potential sites where new homes could be built. These areas of land are owned by Croydon Council and have a range of uses such as underused open spaces or garage sites. Any new homes on the sites will be subject to further investigation and planning permission.
How can I find out which sites near me that Brick by Brick will be investigating?
If a site has been identified for new homes, does it mean that new homes will definitely be built on the site?
No, these initial surveys are to see if the site is potentially suitable for new housing and will take into account a number of factors including trees, ground conditions, underground services and other constraints.
If a site is found to be potentially suitable, we would aim to develop new housing designs in consultation with residents and key stakeholders later in the year. Information will be sent out to residents and businesses within at least 50 metres of a proposed site to inform them of the date, time and venue of the consultation event, along with details of how to view and comment on the proposals for new homes near them. We will review comments received, and where appropriate, will make amendments to the development proposals where it is feasible to do so, before submitting a planning application.
Once a planning application is submitted, you will have a further opportunity to review the plans and formally comment via the council’s website until the stated deadline. These comments are submitted directly to Croydon Council as the Local Planning Authority.
More useful information on how to comment on planning applications can be found here.
What will the investigations be looking at?
The initial surveys will involve reviewing specific features around the proposed site such as trees, ground conditions and underground services.
Will the initial site investigations be disruptive?
These initial investigations will not be disruptive. The work will be carried out by specialist surveyors. The investigations should not cause you any inconvenience.
I am concerned about the level of disruption during the building works if new homes are to be built on the site.
How will this be managed?
We aim to keep any inconvenience to a minimum during the development process. We expect our building contractors to register for the Considerate Contractor Scheme. This scheme aims to ensure that contractors follow a code of practice that includes Care about Appearance (site set up and staff), Respect the Community, Protect the Environment, Secure everyone’s Safety and Value their Workforce.
Residents will receive regular newsletters from contractors giving details of progress on site and upcoming works, along with details of who to contact in the event of any concerns. Notices will also be clearly displayed on site noticeboards. In addition, for larger developments, residents and key stakeholders within the catchment area will be invited to attend regular meetings or drop-in sessions with Brick by Brick and the building contractor appointed to carry out the construction works.
Once the investigations are complete, when and how will I find out if the site near me is to be developed?
We will shortly be carrying out initial investigations and, if a site is deemed suitable for potential homes, we will begin early design work in summer/autumn 2019. We will then hold consultation sessions with residents and key stakeholders later in the year. Information will be sent out to residents and businesses within at least 50 metres of the proposed site to inform them of the date, time and venue of the consultation event, along with details of how to view and comment on the proposals for new homes. We will review comments received, and where appropriate, will make amendments to the development proposals where it is feasible to do so, before submitting a planning application.
How do I find out when a consultation event for a site near me will be held?
Information will be sent out to residents and businesses within at least 50 metres of the proposed site to inform them of the date, time and venue of a consultation event. Details will also be published on our website.
How can I find out more about Brick by Brick?
Please see here for more information about Brick by Brick, why we were set up and our aims.