Case Study:

Improvements blocked in Surrey at New Addington

Selection of local comments about the scam:

‘This outcome has nothing to do with a group of people genuinely seeking to protect the legitimate use of an amenity as a traditional village green. Rather it’s a case of exploiting legislation to block a lawful development that would have brought all kinds of benefits to people living in one of the most deprived wards in the country.

‘I could understand the legitimacy of a challenge if the space had been a well-established focal point for recreational pastimes. But for the technical argument to be won on the basis of the space - being used as little more than a dog toilet really - shows that the Act is in need of urgent review.’

Councillor Mike Fisher

‘I have been here for 30 years and it has never been used as a green in all the time I have been here.’

Ken Burgess, Chairman, Central Parade Business Partnership

‘It is disappointing that a law originally conceived in the 19th century has been used to stifle a properly approved development project with widespread public benefits.’

Jon Rouse, Council Chief Executive

The fragmented scraps of land, alleged by the applicant to be a ‘village green’ but in fact used principally as a dogs’ toilet, can be seen in the background to this picture.  It was taken in March 2009 on Central Parade, which will not now benefit from regeneration.

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The proposal to be frustrated using the scam:

Regeneration of a local town, providing much-needed new community facilities and purpose-built NHS health centre

Proposer of development:

Supermarket and Croydon Primary Healthcare Trust

Status of property owner:

Mixed ownership

Individual claiming that the owner’s property is a ‘town or village green’ and making the application:

Michael Fuller of Overbury Crescent


New Addington, Croydon, Surrey