New homes to be unveiled on dilapidated car park

Sixteen new flats on Coulsdon’s Station Approach Road will be officially opened by Croydon Council’s deputy leader Alison Butler on Wednesday, December 14.

The stylish one and two bedroom apartments, along with 12 new station parking spaces, have been built on the site of an old Network Rail car park at Coulsdon Town Station.

They have already been acquired by the AmicusHorizon housing association for shared ownership and the new residents are expected to move in next month.

Developers Oakwood thanked the four main local residents associations for supporting the development and people living nearby for their patience whilst construction work was carried out.

The old car park had been rarely used, owing to a history of anti-social behaviour. The four resident associations’ and the local ward councillors, including Cllr Butler who is the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration and Planning, backed Oakwood’s plans for the site, which were approved by LBC in May 2015.

“The size of the site presented some challenges but hopefully commuters will feel more comfortable about leaving their vehicles in the new car park,” said Oakwood director Matt Arnold. “We have installed improved lighting and CCTV to give people peace of mind.”

The Station Approach site is the second phase of an adjoining Oakwood development at Trinity Square – the former Pinewood Motors site – on Brighton Road.

“We have recently secured outline planning permission for 67 residential units and 500 square metres of commercial floor space on the Leaden Hill Industrial Estate, immediately behind this development,” said Mr Arnold.

“We look forward to starting work on this site next year.”