Council deputy leader Alison Butler: Everybody has a place in Croydon

Croydon Council deputy leader Alison Butler told the Develop Croydon Conference that it was important to have a housing policy that ensures everyone has a place in the borough’s future.

Speaking on a panel debate about how Croydon can deliver the homes needed to sustain a coherent community, Ms Butler who is also cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, spoke about how the council’s Brick by Brick initiative was helping to bring forward some of the affordable homes needed.

And with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, having stated that 50 per cent affordable homes should be the policy throughout the capital, she said: “Of course we would aspire to that 50 per cent on every single site brought forward, that’s where the conversation would start.

“Equally we think it’s very important that homes are brought forward and developers make a place of Croydon, so it’s much bigger than housing. It’s creating the place.

“But absolutely aspirations are there; and also mixed communities are important.”

The conference saw protestors gather under the Class War banner outside the afternoon session – which took place at AMP House – but Ms Butler stressed that all of Croydon’s residents need to be taken into account when it comes to formulating policy.

“Everybody has a place in Croydon,” she added. “Those people that are already here have a stake in what comes forward and that means you have to have affordable housing in the mix and it’s the council’s responsibility to ensure that happens.”