This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 22/05/2017.
New photos reveal what former Taberner House site will look like once 514 homes are built
This is what the former site of Croydon Council’s Taberner House headquarters will look like, after plans for 514 flats in four tower blocks were given the green light.
New images showing what the site, next to the historic Queen’s Gardens, will look like have been released after the council’s planning committee voted to grant the go-ahead last week.
Committee members raised concerns about the impact of the development on the gardens, but the construction of the four tower blocks, which will range between 13 and 34 storeys in height, was unanimously approved.
Proposals for a redesign of Queen’s Gardens will be submitted at a later date.
Work is due to begin on the site later this year, with all four towers due to be completed in 2021.
The towers will also have retail and commercial space on the lower floors.
Steve Sanham, managing director of HUB, the developer behind the project, said his company has a “fundamental belief” in delivering “sustainable” developments by talking to local communities.
“We’re very much looking forward to putting a spade in the ground.”
The current Labour council decided to go back to the drawing board after a proposal by the council’s previous development company CCURV, which was set up under the previous Conservative administration, to develop the site were dropped.
Labour said the move would make room for more affordable housing on the site.
She said: “I’m also delighted that Queen’s Gardens, a valued oasis in our town centre, will be revitalised as a stunning new, high-quality public space with a community café and play area.
“The developers have engaged with the community from the outset regarding what they would like to see on the site, so local people have really helped shape the plans.
“Taberner House was always an important part of the Croydon panorama and the exceptional design of this development means, once again, this will be a site for Croydon to be proud of.”