New Addington plans unveiled - but village green application could prevent all future development
THE council's vision for Central Parade's future has been unveiled – but residents are warning all regeneration would be prevented if an application to grant village green status to the area is successful.
Proposals are on display in the Octagon that include a complete rebuild of the leisure centre, a revamp and extension of the ACA as well as space for a new supermarket – with Tesco named as possible occupiers for the space.
But members of a community group are warning these plans may never come to fruition because of an ongoing planning battle.
Croydon Council is holding a consultation after an application by local resident Michael Fuller to register the car park and paved areas as a village green.
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If permitted, it would mean the space earmarked for development could only be used for "recreational pastimes and community gatherings by local residents".
Paul Wellecomme, from the New Addington Pathfinders, said: "The plans that have been drawn up could be really exciting, but they are just that, rough plans at the moment.
"What concerns me is that if this village green application gets put through, there can never be any development in the area and I don't think people realise the impact this will have on them, their children and even their grandchildren.
"I think some people don't want a Tesco or are thinking about what they don't want, so are not saying anything during the consultation, but we won't ever have a say if this goes through.
"The plans are currently on show in the Octagon because we want input from the people who live in the area, to find out what they want locally.
"But it could all be in vain if this application is passed, because we would not be allowed to redevelop any part of the area that would be classed as a village green."
Mr Fuller put in the application on October 14 last year and the consultation period – which finishes on January 20 next week – started shortly after.
In his application to the council, he said: "The land of this application was conveyed to Croydon Council at no cost before the Second World War with the council covenanting to use this land for public purposes and open space.
"Since the 1950s this land has been used for free unrestricted public use for both minor recreational pastimes and large community gatherings."
The news of the new application came three years to the day that plans for an £80 million regeneration project were scuppered under the same principle.
Supermarket giant Tesco had agreed to take over green space on Central Parade in 2008, but the deal fell through when Mr Fuller and other residents made an application for the land to be classed as a village green.