Will the Queen’s Square Scheme Add to Town Centre’s Infrastructure Stresses?

SEGAS House

SEGAS House

On Thursday 3 March the Planning Committee will, consider the outline proposals of the Delancey (owner of Minerva) scheme for the Queens Square development covering  St George’s Walk and Katharine St and SEGAS House. (Application No 15/03790/PRE)

It involves the comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide 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 urban blocks (Blocks A, B and C) and a refurbished and extended SEGAS House. Development heights will range between 6 to 35 storeys (approximately), and the development will include a major new civic square. The officers report can be seen here:

Planning pre app Queens Square 3rd March 2016

Some Questions

I have sent all Councillors a set of questions on such issues as the fact that the housing target for the Town Centre/Opportunity Area has already been met, the potential strain on infrastructure such as water, energy and transport, and the potential for SEGAS House to be a community building, accompanied by a paper with the text of past discussion from Croydon Citizen on the future of the House.

Queen’s Square Questions

SEGAS House

Andrew Kennedy has written on Historic Croydon: ‘This is our once in 50 year opportunity to secure a proper Town Square opposite the Town Hall and a community orientated SEGAS House.’ He has already sent his own submission to the Committee members and is urging others to do the same. He has submitted a paper which can be seen here.

Rob “Rocklad” has commented:

‘Love the SEGAS House ideas. And the town square suggestions too. Agree that the site is not suitable for tall buildings immediately around the town square, though it may be worth allowing them at the extremities of the site on corner of Katherine Street and High Street or corner of site closest to Park Lane and Park Street to get maximum density and thus viability to allow the square idea and SEGAS use to be affordable for a developer. S106 agreements (or equivalent) could still provide funds for affordable homes off-site, as well as the SEGAS project.’

See details at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/historiccroydon/571583136331705

If you agree with Andrew please email your support to the Planning Committee members.

As always with these big developer schemes the planning officers are in general support, but do stress the need for:

  • the developer to carry out further analysis in relation to the potential impact on heritage assets.
  • a baseline assessment of local context and character including a baseline heritage assessment.
  • a full assessment of the visual impact of the proposal from various locations
  • ‘child yield’ calculations to ensure that an appropriate level of play space is provided’ and ‘to be appropriately fitted out and landscaped to ensure that they are suitable usable spaces.’

further discussion to ensure that proposed re-routing of buses ‘does not negatively impact on other parts of the Town Centre’.

The scheme area includes St George’s Tower which already has approved planning permission and on which work is underway.

 

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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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