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OLD SAINSBURY'S STORE, SWIMMING POOL & CAR PARK (Read 4731 times)
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OLD SAINSBURY'S STORE, SWIMMING POOL & CAR PARK
Oct 25th, 2008 at 9:34am
 
The Head Lessee (Polaska Assets Ltd) of the old Sainsbury's store, has begun the ball rolling in respect of planning, by submitting to Croydon Council's Planning Department, an application for an Environment Impact Assessment, for a mixed use redevelopment, which includes demolition of all the existing store, multi storey car park and swimming pool. The Environmental Impact Assessment is a prelude to any possible full planning application, likely to be sometime next year (2009). The Council are the freeholders of all the land but are not submitting this application. However this scheme has been prepared in consultation with them.

The new scheme, submitted by Polaska's agents, Hyder Consulting Ltd, is for a new library, cinema, four live work units for use as craft shops, a cafe, car parking for 230 spaces (currently 424) and flats - possibly 286 dwellings but this maybe increased. There are no plans to replace the existing swimming pool and it is not clear whether there will be any parking for the new flats and where car parking will be provided during the construction period.

Polaska Developments, who took on the Head Lease from Sainsbury's about 5 years ago, were due to refurbish the store but never proceeded with this work.

The full Environmental Impact Assessment can be viewed, either by visiting One Stop, Taberner House, Park Lane, Croydon or alternatively follow this link:
http://planning.croydon.gov.uk/DCWebPages/acolnetcgi.gov?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=R...  and type in the full application number 08/03428/DT.

It would be useful to know local resident's views before the full planning application is submitted. Please leave any comments on this forum.

Do you think it is a good or bad scheme ? Are there too many flats, wrong type of leisure facilities, not enough car parking etc, etc.
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