Today I went along to have a look at a housing association development to the rear of 160-190 Harrington Road. The Council had turned down the planning application but that decision was over-turned by a Government inspector from Bristol. The residents of Harrington Road used to look out on South Norwood Country Park. They are now over-looked by a three-storey development literally a few feet from their back fences that removes all their privacy.
This raises two questions. First, why should an unaccountable Government inspector be able to overturn the Council’s decision. You may not always agree with decisions councillors make, but at least you can vote them out at the next Election. Second, a private sector developer would never have put that many units on such a cramped site. Why should people who cannot afford to buy their own homes be expected to put up with it?