November 2017

Conference 2017: Question time with leading Croydon politicians

The Develop Croydon Conference featured a question time session with four leading Croydon politicians and hosted by the BBC’s Lucy Hockings. The politicians were: Tony Newman (Labour), leader of Croydon Council; Steve O’Connell (Conservative), member of the London Assembly for Croydon and Sutton; Paul Scott (Labour) the planning committee chairman on Croydon Council, Jason Perry...
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Conference 2017: East Croydon station expansion plans

Ambitious plans to transform East Croydon station were expanded upon at the Develop Croydon conference. Network Rail’s Ben Craig explained that adding an additional two platforms and building an office development over the station were ideas that his team had begun to work on. Speaking on the panel at the ‘Next Stop Croydon’ session, he...
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Leon House to be a landmark for modernist living

One of the UK’s best surviving examples of modernist architecture is being transformed into a blueprint for modern urban living. The developers behind Leon House, an iconic Croydon office block, intend to buck the trend for permitted development conversions by ensuring its apartments meet the Mayor of London’s space standards. While the quality of some...
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GLL secures 20-year deal to run Croydon’s leisure services

Croydon has signed a 20-year contract with GLL to run the council’s leisure facilities. The local authority says the new arrangements will see it make savings of more than £1million by 2021, with no further public subsidies for the duration of the agreement. The new contract will focus heavily on getting more people to take...
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Conference 2017: New George Street tower to be open in 2019

The planned new 45-storey tower at 101 George Street should be complete by the end of 2019. Simon Bayliss, Managing Partner of HTA Design who are working on the project alongside Tide Construction Ltd, gave an update on the module-built housing development at Croydon Park Hotel on Tuesday. “I think the latest planning meeting was...
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Conference 2017: How the Mayor’s London Plan will impact on Croydon

Croydon has a key role to play in accommodating the growth London needs according to a leading officer from the Greater London Authority. Fiona Fletcher-Smith, executive director of development, enterprise and environment, said the atmosphere felt different from the inaugural Develop Croydon Conference in 2010, at which she also spoke. She gave 2017 delegates an...
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