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‘Godzilla weed’ could make Brick by Brick homes unsaleable

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Inside Croydon

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, reports on how a notorious invasive plant Japanese knotweed could render flats in a Brick by Brick development unmortgageable

Japanese knotweed – the Godzilla weed – threatens one of Brick by Brick’s sites

Colm Lacey, the Croydon employee who styles himself as “CEO” of Brick by Brick, has confirmed that the council’s housing developer will go ahead with a scheme in South Croydon, despite the site being infested with Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant which undermines the foundations of buildings.

Not for the first time, the council’s planners and Brick by Brick are accused of covering-up serious problems with one of their development sites.

By building on the council-owned site at Heathfield Gardens, Brick by Brick could find itself in multiple breaches of environmental legislation, and the council has been warned that it will be building properties on which it will be very difficult, if…

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