Object to the demolition of 5-9 Surrey Street

Object to Demolition of Surrey Street

The planning application is now live on the council website and open to objections. Please file your objections as soon as possible using the online comments functionality here.

It is important to file a relevant and detailed objection which focuses on planning policy and material planning considerations. If you are a local resident or trader, you can object on more grounds than someone who lives in Crystal Palace. But anyone can object. 

Reasons you may want to object

  • Loss of light or overshadowing
    This is particularly applicable to local residents of The Exchange and Bridge House and to traders on Surrey Street
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
    This is particularly applicable to residents of Bridge House and The Exchange.
  • Traffic generation
    Residents will have cars and need to load and unload vehicles. Delivery vehicles for residents and existing retailers already cause significant problems and bottlenecks on the High Street and Scarbrook Road.
  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use
    There are proposals for a Live Music Venue in the basement of the building which will be operated by an organisation which generated numerous noise complaints to the council when they operated at Matthews Yard in the past. 
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
    The proposed development is in a conservation area and proposals will create undue volumes of disruption to recently refurbished Surrey Street Market and surrounds. 
  • Asset of Community Value status of 1 Matthews Yard
    The basement of the building has been designated an Asset of Community Value by Croydon Council. Demolition plans would involve the total loss of this vital community asset for two years and developers have so far refused to engage in dialogue with Save Matthews Yard Limited.

    What else can you do to support Matthews Yard against the developers?
    It is vitally important that you object in writing to the planning department about the temporary loss of an Asset of Community Value. Since Labour councillors have remained tight-lipped over whether or not they support Matthews Yard, you may choose to lobby the following councillors who sit on the planning committee:

    Cllr Paul Scott, Woodside Ward and Chair of the Planning Committee
    paul.scott@croydon.gov.uk | https://twitter.com/CllrPaulScott

    Cllr Humayun Kabir, Bensham Manor Ward and Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee

    humayun.kabir@croydon.gov.uk | https://twitter.com/cllr_kabir

    Cllr Jamie Audsley, Bensham Manor Ward
    jamie.audsley@croydon.gov.uk | https://twitter.com/JamieAudsley 

    Please also sign and share the #SaveMatthewsYard Petition as much as possible at: https://www.change.org/p/save-matthews-yard

    For all the latest information on the Campaign to Save Matthews Yard please follow them on twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewsyard or their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/matthewsyard

    Thank you for all your support. We can’t stop the bulldozers without your help. Please do all you can to save this space.

Excellent Venue
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Excellent Venue, a friendly and relaxed place, where you are never rushed or hurried to finish up
Hotbed of talent
Hotbed of talent
John Wilkie
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A lovely place – a hotbed of talent. A lot of exciting things happening here – great to see wonderful theatre at a reasonable price, also great for food and to hang out.
Rachael Power
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Loved our experience here. Place is friendly and welcoming with amazing staff.
Off the chain
Prabhath P
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The staff are delightful, the service is exceptional and the cakes are off the chain
I love Matthews Yard
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I love Matthews Yard. I have spent many a long day here writing up my PhD thesis.
Great Value
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really nice relaxed atmosphere. amazing value and the staff are super nice!
Absolute Gem
Glass Moon Theatre Company
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This is an absolute gem of a space not just to perform in but also hang around in
Every town should have one
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I absolutely love it and all the charm it exudes. The food is great, the ambience relaxing, the staff are lovely and the events it holds are amazing. I truly wish every town and village had its own Matthews Yard. Go. You won’t be disappointed.
Trendy. Tasty. Good Looking.
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Love it. Trendy. Tasty. Good looking.
Best place to hang out
Deloris Daniels
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Such a great place to hang out, and the food is amazing
New York, Greenwich Village
Nick R
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Think, New York, Greenwich Village 1974. Very relaxed and friendly.
The most interesting venue
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The most interesting venue Croydon currently has to offer
The Croydon Citizen
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The precedent Matthews Yard has set for rejuvenating disused spaces within Croydon is unparalleled
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