New look for Carolyn House goes to committee

Developers are hoping to secure permission for 182 flats for rent by adding six storeys to an existing office block.

Arcus’ proposals for Carolyn House, which go before Croydon Council’s planning committee this Thursday, also includes space for two restaurants or cafes on the ground floor in Dingwall Road, some communal work space on the first floor and roof gardens on a tiered roof.

The dated Sixties office block, clearly visible from East Croydon station, would be also be cladded in grey and yellow to give it a complete makeover.

The council has already given permission for part of the ground floor, the first, third and seventh floors, as well as floors nine to 16 to be made into residential flats, and planning officers are recommending the proposals be approved.

The fresh application is for the second eighth and newly-added floors also to become residential with 50 per cent of the whole development being deemed as affordable.

There are plans for 58 bikes and disabled parking spaces but there would be no further parking provision.