Revised Taberner House redevelopment proposals will increase open space at Queens Gdns

The future of Queens Gdns is under re-consideration at the Croydon Cabinet on Monday 15 December with recommended changes being made to the Taberner House redevelopment plan.

The aim is:

  • to minimise encroachment onto The Queen’s Gardens
  • to prioritise the improvement and enhancement of The Queen’s Gardens to ensure the gardens meet the needs of the current and future community.
  • to increase the open space by 1,040 square metres.

‘The historic sunken areas of The Queen’s Gardens that form the Town Hall Gardens will be retained and enhanced. Pedestrian access to the gardens will be improved and better permeability through the site will be introduced, notably with the creation of a new eastwest link. Facilities to cater for the current and future community will be incorporated into the design – currently there are no facilities within the gardens. The improved gardens will provide a café, formal and informal play activities alongside facilities to enable other activities such as cultural and community events.’

This will be subject to a new planning application for the revised scheme including  a comprehensive landscape strategy.

Other Revisions 

While maintaining the number of new homes at 420 units, revisions to the plan include:

  • A reduction in the overall number of buildings being built from five to four;
  • An increase in the level of affordable housing from 15 to 30 percent.

The project will be carried out in two phases.

Phase 1

This will be delivered by CCURV for Essential Living.

  • The Council will sell the freehold ownership of the Phase 1 site to a CCURV subsidiary Limited Liability Partnership (‘LLP’) and the Council will receive a fixed land value
  • The development costs will be funded by Essential Living.

Phase 2

This will now be delivered for the Council by CCURV with the Council financing the development costs.

  • The Council will be able to specify its requirements for housing
  • The land for Phase 2 will remain in the ownership of the Council and CCURV will be given a licence to occupy the site for the construction phase.
  • The Council will will receive all profit arising from the sale of the private homes in Phase 2 and a revenue income from the new Council homes.

Encroachment on Queens Gdns – consultation

The Council has to advertise its proposals to encroach on Queens Gdns and consider any objections.

Job Requirements on CCURV

CCURV will contractually be obliged to ensure that the selected contractor promotes employment, training and skills and procurement through local supply chains.

Note: The report and its Appendices can be accessed at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kab14.pl?operation=SUBMIT&meet=31&cmte=CAB&grpid=public&arc=1.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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