Author: Croydon Urban Edge

Boxpark Croydon welcomes three new stores


There are three new stores open in Boxpark, each more salivating than the next.

The announcement was made that Chicago Rib Shack, Skinny Kitchen and Sweetbean would be the latest editions to the pop-up mall. Recently opened Sweetbean will be dishing up everything from ice-creams, sundaes, pancakes and even speciality teas and coffees. Just some of the things on the menu include the Nutella freakshake and hazelnut gelato.

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New 21-storey building to have up to 100 per cent affordable homes


Plans for a new 21-storey building with at least 70 per cent affordable housing has been approved.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave the green light to a development in 28-30 Addiscombe Grove, although if you are worried about construction works disturbing your day, then you are in luck. This is because construction of the 153 homes will take place off-site. In other words, it will be built in a factory and then dropped into place. Mr Khan said this was the way forward. “Tackling London’s housing crisis requires bold new approaches,” he said. “We know turning things round will take time, but off-site construction is an innovative way to speed up building the affordable homes our city needs.”

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Crystal Palace submit Selhurst Park redevelopment plans to Croydon Council


Crystal Palace have submitted their planning application for redevelopments of Selhurst Park’s Main Stand to Croydon Council.

The club also promise to meet the costs of re-housing affected residents in Wooderson Close as a result of the developments, which the club hope will begin towards the end of 2018. The Eagles announced plans in December 2017 to transform the 94-year-old stadium, increasing the stadium’s capacity from 26,000 to over 34,000, with the Main Stand capacity rising to 13,500 from 5,400. It is expected to cost Crystal Palace between £75 million -£100m as developments are also made to the pitch size in accordance with UEFA regulations, infrastructure for disabled supporters and hospitality facilities.

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Greystar and Henderson Park to build world’s tallest modular towers


Greystar Real Estate Partners and Henderson Park have exchanged contracts to acquire a residential development site in Croydon which will comprise the tallest towers in the world built using modular construction.

The joint venture partners have acquired the site at 101 George Street, opposite East Croydon station, from Tide Construction and plan to build two towers of 44-storeys and 38-storeys. The scheme, which has full planning permission, will accommodate 550-apartments and include roof gardens at the top of each tower, fully equipped gyms, residents lounge and private dining and event rooms.

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Good Evening Croydon winner revealed


A board games café that captured the imagination of Croydon residents’ young and old has been crowned winner of the Good Evening Croydon competition.

Ludoquist Board Games Café beat competition from four other finalists, who were shortlisted for the ideas they put forward to boost the borough’s night-time offering. The contest was run as part of Croydon’s ongoing regeneration and the Croydon Growth Zone programme. Since entering the competition, the owners of Ludoquist have managed to successfully launch their concept by opening their café on Croydon High Street. The venue has over 1,000 board games to suit every taste and age group, whether it’s those who want to re-live their childhood with games like Ker-Plunk, or gaming hobbyists looking for a lesser known board game to play.

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Croydon to publish developers’ viability reports


Developers in Croydon will now have the viability appraisal submitted as part of their planning applications made public.

The reports are submitted to provide evidence of the developers’ capability to meet all planning requirements, including meeting the levels of affordable housing required by the council as the local planning authority. Previously applicants could request for their viability assessment to be kept confidential, but the report will now be published alongside the other planning documents submitted.

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Croydon Local Plan adoption decision to be made next month


Croydon’s Local Plan, which sets out the borough’s growth and development vision over the next 20 years, has been given approval by the planning inspector, with a final decision on its adoption to be made next month.

The independent planning inspector, who was appointed by the Secretary of State, concludes the Strategic Policies – Partial Review and the Detailed Policies and Proposals are sound documents for the planning of the borough. Formally published today, the inspector’s report can be viewed in full here.

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