Second stage of 'East Croydon gateway' wins planning approval from Croydon Council

What the Ruskin Square offices will look like

An artist's impression of the first stage of the development

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The long-awaited "gateway to Croydon" has moved a step closer to reality after the second stage of the £500m development won approval from Croydon Council.

Developers Stanhope and Schroders last week secured preliminary planning permission to build a 10-storey office block, including restaurants and shops, on derelict wasteland by East Croydon station as part of a landmark development touted as central to the town's regeneration.

The nine-acre site, dubbed the "East Croydon gateway", has laid largely empty for 15 years and completely unused since the closure of the Warehouse Theatre in 2012. 

Work on the first phase of the project, 161 flats across 22-storey and nine-storey towers, is expected to begin this summer after the developers submitted an application to begin construction in June. 

The council has yet to approve the application, but has now given the green light to pre-application proposals for the development's second phase following an application in March. 

The approval is subject to conditions including the reduction of glare from the building's exterior.

A spokesman for Stanhope and Schroders said: "We are pleased to announce that we have received planning permission from Croydon Council for the speculative office building designed by shedkm at Ruskin Square and further announcements on developments at the site will be made in due course."

The completed development will include five buildings with up to 625 homes, 22,000sq m of offices, retail units and a car park.

But plans to replace the Warehouse Theatre, demolished in October, with a new theatre have been dropped, with the developers instead paying the council a £4m infrastructure levy to invest in culture elsewhere.

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10:05am Wed 13 Aug 14

southcroydonpete says...

"....paying the council a £4m infrastructure levy to invest in culture elsewhere".

Please find out and let us know where this £4m is really going.
I daresay it will be frittered away by the Council on some tin-pot project and the organisations that really need some financial input will be forgotten.
"....paying the council a £4m infrastructure levy to invest in culture elsewhere". Please find out and let us know where this £4m is really going. I daresay it will be frittered away by the Council on some tin-pot project and the organisations that really need some financial input will be forgotten. southcroydonpete
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12:37pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Mr Strings says...

I just don't understand why they aren't building a new Warehouse Theatre on this site. It's such an obvious place to have it. There would be a synergy with the new restaurants / bars and the new station.

Oh and the fact they seemingly *promised* to replace it.
I just don't understand why they aren't building a new Warehouse Theatre on this site. It's such an obvious place to have it. There would be a synergy with the new restaurants / bars and the new station. Oh and the fact they seemingly *promised* to replace it. Mr Strings
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11:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

tjames says...

the only gate in croydon that i am interested in is the one that leaves
the only gate in croydon that i am interested in is the one that leaves tjames
  • Score: -4

11:46am Fri 15 Aug 14

tjames says...

to waste on the theater
to waste on the theater tjames
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