Friday, 27 March 2015

Mayor green lights Croydon tower

Plans for a controversial 54-storey development in Croydon have been given the green light by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Building can now get underway on the £250 million four-building project, being developed by Menta, which includes the tallest residential tower in the UK.

The 54-storey main tower will be a 404-home residential block. There will also be a lower rise building, Cherry Orchard Gardens, which will include shared ownership units and a community centre. There are four family units and more many be provided off-site as the section 106 planning agreement is still being negotiated, a spokesperson for the developer said. The plans also feature a 165-bed hotel as well as office and retail space.

The development has been designed to integrate with a new entrance at adjacent East Croydon rail station, due to be completed in 2014.

Despite some local opposition, the council’s strategic committee approved the plans last month. The scale of the project meant that it was automatically referred to the Mayor, who said he was happy for it to go ahead.

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