This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser 05/06/2018.
Two more tall tower blocks with 300 homes planned for Croydon town centre next to Leon House
The plans would include the demolition and replacement of shops on the High Street.
Plans for two new tower blocks of flats next to Leon House will be discussed by Croydon Council this week – but only 10 per cent of those homes are planned to be ‘affordable’.
The council’s planning committee will be presented with a preliminary plan to build 294 homes in the Leon Quarter of the town centre on Thursday (June 7) in two tower blocks of 21 and 19 storeys tall.
A third housing block, would be five to six storeys high and would be on the corner of Edridge Road and Mason’s Avenue.
In a planning application submitted to the council, developers FI Facilities Management look to build 120 one-bedroom properties, 165 two-bedroom properties and nine three-bedroom properties on the site, which currently houses a private car park, Tesco Metro and several other businesses.
Should the plans be given the go-ahead, the parade of shops, including Tesco, facing the High Street below would be demolished and replaced with a public square and new two-storey shop units.
But only 32 homes on the site have been earmarked as ‘affordable’. The Government defines ‘affordable’ as housing available at 80% of the market rate.
The council’s report said: “The Council’s planning policies in the site’s location require 15% affordable housing on site”, but the current proposal istates that 10.8 per cent of these homes meet the criteria.
It added: “Officers are working with the applicant to explore alterations to the scheme which could increase the amount of affordable housing provided.”
The report states that councillors’ views will be sought on whether the towers being even taller, 28 and 23 storeys, would justify an increase in affordable housing.
The neighbouring 22-storey Leon House itself is in the process of being refurbished into about 260 flats by the same developers.
Included in the plans is also a proposal to build a new restaurant or café and a two-storey building for retail. No description of what kind of shop this would be has been revealed yet, however.
If approved, the high rise would be the latest tall structure to be given the green light in Croydon town centre.
Plans to build two new blocks – one reaching 24 storeys high – on Dingwall Road was approved by Croydon Council earlier this year on May 10.
The project will involve 181 new homes being built across two towers of 9 storeys and 24 storeys, plus a flexible commercial space on the ground, first and second floors which could include a new restaurant, café or bar.
As well as this, there are also plans for a staggering 68-storey skyscraper, One Lansdowne, to arrive.
Work on the huge project, delivered by Guildhose Rosepride in conjunction with the China Building Technique Group, is due to start in 2018.
The planning committee will meet this Thursday (June 7) to hear a presentation on the development, though no decision on the plan will be made until a full planning application is submitted.