Newman: ‘I will 100% oppose any building on Love Lane’

Inside Croydon

Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, has given what he calls “a crystal clear” commitment to opposing any development of housing on Love Lane green.

Tony Newman: this is what Martians arriving in Croydon would see if their request for Tony Newman: opposes housing on Metropolitan Open Lane in his ward, Woodside

Love Lane green is formed from former playing fields besides the tram lines in Woodside, the ward Newman represents as a councillor. The open space, after years of neglect and repeatedly failed planning applications from previous owners, has more recently been turned into a community gardens and play area by local residents. But new landowners want to build on the site.

It was standing room only at an “engagement meeting” (this was not a formal consultation, you understand) in a small room at the Stanley Halls last week, where the property developer who now owns the land presented initial, and deliberately vague, outline details of what he would like to…

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