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
firstname.lastname@example.org | https://twitter.com/CllrPaulScott
Cllr Humayun Kabir, Bensham Manor Ward and Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee
email@example.com | https://twitter.com/cllr_kabir
Cllr Jamie Audsley, Bensham Manor Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.