New Addington could get Tesco and new leisure centre - if village green is dropped
NEW Addington could have a brand new leisure centre and Tesco supermarket within four years – but only if the Government agrees to ditch the estate's current "village green".
Proposals for a major overhaul of the estate were revealed this week, with a £17 million leisure centre, supermarket and community centre at the heart of the transformation.
However, the whole fate of the development could hang on the success of a council bid to the Government, to have a section of land previously designated as a Village Green de-registered.
If environment secretary Caroline Spelman decides not to uphold the council's request, the village green – which has scuppered a previous bid to build a Tesco store in New Addington – could put the brakes on the latest plans.
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Lifelong resident and owner of the Bangers and Mash store, Stephen Hopper, said: "This village green nonsense has been nothing but trouble. If you look into the original covenant which has allowed it to happen, you can see how old fashioned it is.
"We want investment up here. Personally I would have liked to seen a superstore-size Tesco because it would draw people to the area."
Should everything go according to plan it is expected a new supermarket will take the place of the current leisure centre, once a new one is built and operational.
The council hopes to open the new leisure centre by September 2015, with a new supermarket in place by 2016.
Croydon Council has admitted it is currently in talks with supermarket giants Tesco, to make the long-held dream of a store in Central Parade become a reality.
Ken Burgess, chair of the Central Parade Business Partnership, said: "We want and need regeneration up here but it needs to be well thought out.
"We want something that is going to be beneficial for the whole community and the traders."
For any of the plans to become a reality, a current application to classify the car parks and paved areas of the parade as a village green must be rejected.
The council will also bid to have land there currently classified as a village green de-registered.
Village green status means the land can only be used for "recreational pastimes and community gatherings by local residents".
The plans were due to be discussed by the council's cabinet on Monday.