Press Release Ref : 4486
Press Release - Mon, 09 Jan 2012

Council seeks public's views on shutting up shop

The damage caused to shopfronts during the riots of last August has prompted Croydon Council to look again at the planning guidance surrounding the measures shopkeepers can adopt to protect their premises.

And the consultation period it is launching will give everybody the chance to voice their opinion as to how far retailers and businesses will be able to go to keep their livelihoods from the hands of vandals.

As one of the capital's premier retail and commercial venues, central Croydon boasts a great number of roads that are lined with shops, big and small, and a range of business premises.

Similarly, the borough's district centres are home to important groups of shops and shopping parades.

Changes in retail methods that have seen a growth in the number of larger shop units, built from materials that fail to respect the character of the surrounding area, are leading to changes in shopping centres that many feel result in a loss of character and distinctiveness.

In partial response to last year's civil unrest, which saw many shops and businesses broken into and looted, the council is reviewing the existing planning guidance regarding shopfront security.

In addition to bringing the guidance into line with the council's policy requirements, it is hoped the review will reflect new technology and innovation, and provide greater clarity regarding acceptable forms of shopfront security.

Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, transport and sustainability, said: "The wanton vandalism caused by those hooligans in August made us think that a review of the guidance was required to prevent our borough becoming an unwelcoming urban environment.

"We're confident that, by asking the opinions of as many people as are willing to contribute, we'll be able to produce a set of guidelines that, as well as offering our hard-working business community the security it requires, will result in measures that are aesthetically pleasing."

The revised Shopfront Security addenda to Supplementary Planning Guidance No.1 will be out for non-statutory consultation between 16 January and 27 February.

Representations regarding the proposed revisions must be received by midnight on Monday, 27 February, in writing or by way of electronic communications. 

Consultation portal:  http://croydon-consult.objective.co.uk/portal
Email:    Return to LDF@croydon.gov.uk
Post:    Spatial Planning Service, Taberner House, 18th floor north-east quadrant, Park Lane, Croydon. CR9 1JT

Paper copies will be available for viewing at borough libraries; Croydon Voluntary Action, 82 London Road, Croydon; and Access Croydon, Taberner House, Park Lane.

Copies can also be requested at LDF@croydon.gov.uk or by calling 020 8407 1385.


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