CCURV achieves planning permission for food store in Coulsdon
The Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle (CCURV), a partnership between Croydon Council and John Laing, is delighted to announce that Croydon Council’s Strategic Planning Committee resolved on 3 April 2014 to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Lion Green Road Car Park in Coulsdon town centre. The application will now be considered by the London Mayor because it is a strategic application.
The project, which is part of Croydon Council’s Coulsdon Masterplan, will provide a 50,000 sq. ft (GIA) food store and an adjacent 9,000 sq. ft (GIA) health centre, around 200 car parking spaces for shoppers and town centre use plus new pedestrian access to the scheduled ancient monument and route up to Cane Hill. New accommodation for the 1st Coulsdon Scouts Group will be provided under the approved plans.
CCURV can also confirm that it has agreed a pre-let of the food store to Waitrose that will replace the existing 7,775 sq ft Waitrose store in Brighton Road.
Stuart Yeatman, CCURV Board Member, said: “Our plans for the site have been designed sensitively, with a focus on blending the building into its surrounding landscape whilst providing new facilities for an expanding community.
“We are delighted to have formed a partnership with Waitrose, which will significantly contribute to the development of the Lion Green Car Park site and Coulsdon town centre for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”
Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: "In what is a challenging time for high streets we are pleased to be in a position to bring forward proposals for new investment, which ensures we can build on our 42 years of trading in the town.
“Our current store and car park is sadly no longer suitable to meet our customer demands. Rather than seeking alternative solutions elsewhere, we have been working with CCURV to develop plans for Lion Green Car Park with the aim of providing a strong, long-term retail anchor for Coulsdon. By improving our shop we believe we can help attract more shoppers and have a positive knock-on effect for other local traders in the town."
Construction on the project, which is CCURV’s third scheme for the London Borough of Croydon following Bernard Weatherill House and the Waddon Leisure and Housing Scheme, is planned for this Summer with opening of both food store and health centre anticipated for Autumn 2015.
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