Gerald Eve has secured planning permission for a major residential scheme in Croydon on behalf of client, Hub. Hub’s plans to redevelop the site of Croydon Council’s former headquarters ‘Taberner House’ for a residential led scheme, comprising four towers, was granted by the London Borough of Croydon at Planning Committee last Thursday, with all member’s voting unanimously to approve the development. Gerald Eve advised Hub on planning, viability and affordable housing matters.
The proposals comprise a total of 514 residential apartments, including a 35-storey tower building, commercial uses at ground floor levels and extensive landscaping (including the extension and enhancement of the historic Queen’s Gardens). 35% of the units will be designated as affordable housing, qualifying under the new GLA Route B threshold as set out in the Mayor’s draft Housing SPG. We have agreed with the GLA that this could increase to 40%, subject to securing grant funding.
The Taberner House site became redundant in 2013, when Croydon Council moved into Bernard Weatherill House, its brand new offices adjacent to the Town Hall. After a series of failed schemes and proposals by other developers, and considerable political intervention, Hub entered into an agreement with Croydon’s Estate’s Team in spring 2016 to bring forward regeneration proposals for the site. An intensive pre-application programme was entered into and the planning application (including EIA) was submitted in February 2017.
The scheme will now be referred to the GLA and the Secretary of State before permission is issued, and work is planned to start on site in autumn 2017.