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First phase of Croydon regeneration project approved

A £450 million building scheme to regenerate Croydon has received planning permission for a 390,000 square foot public service hub in the town centre.

The hub will become Croydon Council’s new home if the the scheme also wins the approval of the Greater London Authority and a section 106 agreement is completed.

Indigo Planning is advising John Laing and the council, which plans to start building in 2010 as part of their £450m urban regeneration vehicle. This is the UK’s first local-authority asset-backed scheme to offer councils a share of their development projects.

Other services to be housed in the development include Access Croydon, the public face of Croydon Council, a register office and future opportunities for a one-stop shop for the police and a primary care trust.

Municipal offices from the 1960s and Crosfield House currently occupy the 1.2 acre site, at the junction on Fell Road and Mint Walk.

Managing director at Indigo Planning Phil Villars said: ‘This is a groundbreaking project - the first local authority-backed URV and an innovative new building with sustainability at its core bringing the council’s public services under one roof.’

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