Croydon Council-owned developer has withdrawn planning applications for more than 470 homes across 23 sites in the borough.

It is the latest move in the closing down of the controversial company.

It comes after Croydon Council’s agreed to wind down the company in 2021.

It was decided that a number of plans in the pipeline would be scrapped as the council battled to improve its financial state.

Brick by Brick was set up by the council in 2016 with the aim of building more homes in the borough. 

But when the council was forced to declare effective bankruptcy in 2020, auditors said £200 million given to the company contributed to the financial state of the authority.

More than half of the planning applications dropped are in New Addington.

These 13 sites are: two sites in Fairchildes Avenue;  two plots in King Henry’s Drive;   Redstart Close; Milne Park East; Windham Avenue; Thorpe Close; Netley Close; Dunsfold Way; Merrow Way; Castle Hill; Arnhem Drive.

The remaning 10 applications were for sites in: Covington Way, Norbury; Bramley Hill, South Croydon; Selsdon Road, South Croydon; Grasmere Road, South Norwood; Crystal Terrace, Upper Norwood; Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath; Reedham Park Avenue, Purley; Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon;  Warren Avenue, South Croydon; Holmesdale Road, Thornton Heath.

Most applications of between nine and 20 flats and houses on small sites on council owned land, including on garage sites and small green spaces.

The 23 sites add up to more than 470 flats and houses which were proposed.

The largest was for 89 flats on the site of land and garages in Holmesdale Road.

It also included 58 new flats across eight buildings in South Croydon on land at 9-11 Bramley Hill, Albury Court and 30-35 Dering Road.

Last year, the council decided against selling off Brick by Brick to complete developments that were already underway.

A spokesperson for Brick by Brick said: “With regard to the withdrawal of the 23 pending planning applications, Brick By Brick continues to operate in line with the Cabinet decisions dated February 18, 2021 and July 21, 2021.”

The company is expected to be closed down in summer 2023. In January this year, a pair of new bosses were brought in to take charge in its final year of trading.

Flats in a 25-storey block of flats, one of the final from the developer, are expected to start accepting reservations for sales this month and be completed in autumn.

A spokesperson for Croydon Council said: “We can confirm that Brick by Brick have withdrawn a number of their planning applications – our planning team will continue to consider and determine those applications which remain live.

 “Brick by Brick continue to progress remaining development projects across Croydon on behalf of the council, including several which are nearing completion.”