This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 25/07/2018.
Plans for new tower blocks featuring 350 homes, shops and restaurants in Croydon town centre revealed
Final designs were unveiled to the public earlier this month at an exhibition.
Plans to create a new “residential community” featuring 350 homes, shops and restaurants in the heart of Croydon have been revealed at a public consultation.
The proposals for the Leon Quarter are to expand on ongoing work at the adjacent Leon House, on the High Street, in order to create a new residential area boasting a “high-quality public realm” as well as shops and restaurants,.
The proposals include building 350 new homes, comprising one, two, three and four bedroom units, with a target of approximately 35 per cent for affordable housing.
The homes would be situated in two tower blocks of 21 and 19 storeys tall, while a third housing block would be five to six storeys high and would be on the corner of Edridge Road and Mason’s Avenue.
A public square on the High Street is hoped to serve as a new local hub, while a neighbourhood garden will also be established.
Should the plans be given the go-ahead, the parade of shops, including Tesco, facing the High Street below would be demolished.
Developers FI Real Estate Management, who showcased the plans over two days at TMRW café on the High Street earlier this month, say the new range of shops and restaurants will “drive footfall” in the area, as well as provide nearby residents with a “range of culinary options”.
The firm is currently in the latter stages of redeveloping Leon House, a former office building on the High Street, into apartments.
The Leon Quarter proposals include redeveloping a car park and area of hard standing adjoining to Leon House, with the three new buildings being proposed to sit alongside the former office block.
The 350 homes will be inside the three buildings, while the restaurants and shops will sit on the ground floor.
No description of what kind of restaurants and shops which will move into the premises has been revealed at this stage.
FI Real Estate Management have said a final planning application is expected to be submitted to Croydon Council later this year
A spokesman for the firm said: “I would like to thank everyone who came along to find out more about our plans for the Leon Quarter.
“We are looking at ways to not only provide private and affordable housing but to create a carefully designed area that includes amenities such as retail, restaurants, playspace, a public square and a garden for residents and local people to enjoy.
“The feedback we’ve received will be vital to informing our final design, and I’d like to encourage anyone who wasn’t able to attend the event to visit the Leon Quarter website so they can find out more.”
The plans were revealed to the public after FI Real Estate Management presented their proposals to the council’s planning committee in June.
If any planning application is submitted in the future and the plans are approved, the development would be the latest residential tower block 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 later this year.
And although not given the green light yet, proposals for a 36-storey tower block next door to the proposed Leon Quarter development were discussed by councillors at a Croydon planning meeting last Thursday (July 19).
A pre-application for a block of 230 flats in Edridge Road has been submitted by Croydon Tower One Ltd.
The development would be made up of 133 flats in a 36-storey tower and an attached nine-storey block at 4 to 20 Edridge Road.
To see FI Real Estate Management’s proposals in full go to www.leonquarter.co.uk.