Optivo abandons plan to bulldoze historic Coulsdon cottages
BARRATT HOLMES reports on a sudden climb down by one of the country’s largest housing associations
Well Cottages have not been well-maintained by landlords over the past 20 years
Under pressure from mounting public outrage and an MP’s petition, following reports on Inside Croydon, Optivo, the giant housing association, has today announced that it is withdrawing its planning application to demolish a pair of Victorian workers’ cottages in the centre of a Coulsdon conservation area.
Inside Croydon highlighted the plan last week, which would have seen an elderly couple forcibly moved from their home of nearly 40 years to make way for a block of nine flats in an ugly gold-clad structure which the local MP has described as better suited to Las Vegas.
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