Co-ordinating the Redevelopment of the Town Centre

The Town Centre redevelopment pipeline currently contains 169 projects with a combined construction value of £5.25bn (from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2019).

For other housing development the Dashboard is currently showing the following year on year projected residential completions in the Town Centre are:

  • 2016 – 1,331 units
  • 2017 – 623 units
  • 2018 – 2,652 units
  • 2019 – 1,586 units
  • 2020 – 2,723 units
  • 2021 – 1,838 units

In addition the ‘Whitgift Centre regeneration housing output currently proposed is c.400-600 homes programmed for completion from 2022.’ (my emphasis).

Many people have expressed concern about the potential problems involved in so many building projects being approved for the Town Centre, and the fact that co-ordination is dealt with by Croydon Strategic Metropolitan Board  behind the scenes body whose discussions and decisions are not made public.

The Streets and Environment Scrutiny Sub-Committee meeting on Tuesday 1 March is scrutinising the systems that are in place to manage the impact of these building programmes across the Metropolitan Centre and the role of the Public Realm Design Guide in enhancing the centre. The officer’s report is accessible via

https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

No Botch-up Hope

 Writing in Croydon Citizen Ian Lavis hopes that what he regards as Croydon’s facelift is not botched up.

http://thecroydoncitizen.com/economics-business/croydon-facelift-please-dont-botch

Queen Square Pre-Planning Application Discussion

A scheme that will need to be factored in is the proposed Queen Square proposals for the area bounded by the High Street, Park Lane and Katharine Street, CR9 to build c.820 residential units (in a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bed units) and c. 3,800 sq. m. of Class A1 – A5 floorspace in 3 new blocks (Blocks A, B and C) and a refurbished and extended Segas House. Development heights will range between 6 to 35 storeys (approximately), and there will be public realm enhancements, including the creation of new pedestrian routes through the site and a major new civic square.

The details are being considered by the Planning Committee on Thursday 3 March as a pre-application matter. You can access the papers through:

https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl

While the public has no speaking rights, there is nothing to stop them submitting their comments to Committee members in writing or by email. Here is a chance to subit the case for SEGAS House to be a community centre/’museum’ etc.

SEGAS House

For debate on SEGAS House search it on Croydon Citizen:

http://thecroydoncitizen.com

 

 

 

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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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