Developers must finish station bridge, residents demand

A former deputy leader of the council is demanding that Croydon’s planning department should withhold permission for Menta Redrow’s latest luxury flats development scheme on Cherry Orchard Road, unless or until they make good on six-year-old promises to allow the Bridge To Nowhere at East Croydon Station to be completed on the Addiscombe side of the railway tracks.

The £24m bridge at East Croydon. Notice how it hangs in the air on the Addiscombe, right-hand side, like a long pregnant pause

“Residents want this link and they want it now,” said Jerry Fitzpatrick, a barrister and former Labour councillor in Addiscombe ward.

Today is the deadline for public responses to the planning application by Menta Redrow, who have replaced their original scheme for a 55-storey residential block with two “turgid towers”.

The scheme has already been criticised as architecturally dull, poorly designed to avoid creating a wind tunnel effect, and only providing 15 per cent affordable housing within its 445 “executive apartments”. The developers claim that this is because the scheme would otherwise not be financially viable. Yet they have withheld their financial viability report from the public consultation.

Redrow is one of Britain’s most successful building companies, making huge profits. According to the company’s own figures, they have this year reported record profits, up 23 per cent on the previous 12 months, with pre-tax profits at £250million off group revenues of £1.4billion. They say that they have had an operating margin of 19 per cent.

How Menta Redrow portray their new towers in their recent leaflets. Look, and you can see some steps leading to… the station bridge, perhaps?

But what they haven’t managed to do is fulfil an agreement with the council, Transport for London and Network Rail, to allow access to the land that they own on the eastern side of the railway at East Croydon for the completion of the access bridge which spans the station platforms and, in theory so far, offers a pedestrian route from Addiscombe to Dingwall Road and central Croydon.

The £24million bridge has been left hanging for five years because of the developers’ intransigence – earning it the title from Inside Croydon of “The Bridge To Nowhere”.

In a formal objections lodged with the council planning department, Fitzpatrick has written, “The developer has given no time-scale for the completion of the pedestrian link, aptly known as ‘The bridge to nowhere’ in its current sawn-off configuration. The council should require the developer to complete the link forthwith.

“The residents of East Croydon have now waited since 2011 for the developer to complete the pedestrian link. If permission for the building of ‘Morello 2’ is granted , the developer is likely to defer constructing the link until they have built the flats, should permission be given for this.

“The construction of Morello 1 took five years from the granting of permission, and the building of three further blocks (including the block on the eastern side of Cherry Orchard Road) is likely to take a further five years.

“Residents want this link and they want it now.”


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2 Responses to Developers must finish station bridge, residents demand

  1. Jerry Fitzpatrick is 100% right, as usual. The trouble is that he is asking for the impossible. A Developer that keeps its promises? Rarer than a talking gardenia, methinks!

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  2. derekthrower says:

    Menta Redrow have held this area of Croydon in planning blight now for a decade. They even demolished social housing to create a development site. Another awful twin carbuncle has been proposed to add to their previous ridiculous 50 storey flats which received planning consent,but never remotely looked like seeing the light of day. With the London economy now in recession, it just looks like another time wasting exercise to continue their speculative planning gains at the expense of the residents of Croydon.

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