CROYDON COMMENTARY: Having searched high and low through the council’s website to find the latest raft of proposals for Queen’s Gardens as part of the build on the Taberner House site, VALERIE HUNTER is dismayed by what she has seen
So, “The applicant is seeking to provide the full required play space provision to serve the development within the sunken garden area” (those are my italics, for emphasis).
And this is “supported” by Croydon Council.
The previous proposals for the development of the site of Taberner House, the council’s former office building, which were put forward for consultation in September 2013 prior to seeking planning permission, had the play area in the centre of a courtyard between the high-rise buildings (and another in the area marked ‘play ramp in the new proposals).
This previous proposal only made minor alterations to the sunken garden “enhancing the unique qualities” and “respecting the character and historic features”.
Under those plans, the café and toilets, originally put in the north-west corner of the sunken gardens in the Mid-Croydon Masterplan, had been moved to the ground floor of the high-rise on the north-west corner, overlooking the green of the gardens – a far more suitable site than that now proposed.
These new plans do not meet the objective of “maintaining the existing character of the sunken gardens”.
The new “Green Heart” is in the middle of the courtyard between the high-rise buildings, and not part of what has been until now public space.
Three of the buildings will have roof-top gardens for residents, but still remove a large part of the public gardens.
And we are told, “The applicant is organising a very extensive public consultation exercise”.
Where and when? Is this supposed to be the telephone consultation as reported by Inside Croydon? Surely not.
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