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Big changes lined up for The Queen’s Gardens in Croydon town centre

Big changes lined up for The Queen’s Gardens in Croydon town centre
Aug 14, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 14/08/2018.

Big changes lined up for The Queen’s Gardens in Croydon town centre

The revamp could include a play space and café.

There is a proposal to revamp The Queen’s Gardens in Croydon town centre which could include creating a space for live performances and opening a café.

Initial plans for the landscaping of the gardens will be considered by Croydon Council’s planning committee at a meeting on on Thursday, August 16.

The work would make up part of the redevelopment of Taberner House, which used to be home to the council.

As well as a 35-storey tower, there will also be a 21, 19 and 13-storey building constructed as part of the major development.

Overall the development should provide 513 homes in the heart of Croydon with around 40% of these deemed affordable.

The plans, from HUB and Grant Associates, were given the go-ahead in 2017 and work started in May.

One condition of the planning approval was the re-landscaping of The Queen’s Gardens which is bordered by Katharine Street and Fell Road.

The full plans have not been made public but a pre-application will be discussed by councillors.

A report set to go to the committee states that the subway at the north of the park would be closed off.

It adds: “Consequently, the resulting space would need to be carefully designed as the northeastern section of the gardens would become relatively enclosed with limited footfall.”

The report says that while the gardens should provide a “quiet enclosed space for respite” it also needs to be safe and well-lit at night.

The works would keep the multi-level design of the gardens and include a play space and café at the lower level.

“Space that could be used for events and performances has been incorporated into the design as a flexible space which could also be used for park activities and play when not required for events,” said the report.

Although it will be up to the developer to remodel the space after it is finished, the garden will be handed back to the council which will responsible for maintaining it.

The planning committee will meet on Thursday, August 16, at 6.30pm at Croydon Town Hall.

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