Crystal Palace Campaign - Bulletin December 2007


Season's Greetings to all followers of the Crystal Palace Park regeneration process and indeed to anyone else interested in our part of London.  Greetings also to everyone looking forward to the new year with its promise of change.


This year saw the completion of the Master Plan for Crystal Palace Park and its submission  - probably one of the best researched and documented in recent times - in November 2007 for planning approval to Bromley Borough Council.

Next year i.e. in the later part of 2008, we look forward to the decision by Bromley Council following the statutory consultation period - there will be more time for comment available than usual because of the size of the submission.  "An opportunity in a generation" - that from a local resident with two young children who will certainly reap the benefit of the regeneration the work for which, if approved, will start after the Olympic Games and continue for many years.

Here are the Council reference numbers which will help you find the Planning Application on the Bromley website:

07/03897 - Comprehensive phased scheme for landscaping and improvement of Park comprising demolition of and alterations to existing buildings and structures including removal of existing hard surfaces; changes of use including of part of the caravan site to public open space and museum to park rangers base; erection of new buildings and structures for various uses including museum/park maintenance facilities/ community facility/ information kiosk/ greenhouses/ retail kiosks/ cafes/ toilets/ classroom/ children's nursery/ treetop walk/ student accommodation and up to 180 residential dwellings; erection of new regional sports centre including indoor swimming pool; alterations to ground levels with new pedestrian paths/ vehicular access roads/ car park/ highway works/ water features together with associated and ancillary works/ plant and equipment (PART OUTLINE)

07/03907 - Internal and external alterations incuding floor over swimming pools/provision of toilets and showers within existing squash courts/ removal of Crystal Suite mezzanine structure at level 6/ refurbishment of facade including replacement glazing/ replacement roofing systems including copper roof and central roof lights. Demolition of high level walkways and ramps/ covered football pitch and restaurant/ training pool building/ concrete ventilation duct structures. Associated/ ancillary works including plant and equipment LISTED BUILDING CONSENT

07/03906 - Conservation Area Consent: Demolition of walls/fences/gates and various buildings including park maintenance and office buildings/3 public conveniences/cafe/St John's Ambulance premises and One O'Clock Club (Nos. 23 and 27 Crystal Palace Park Road)/Paxton Suite and the hostel at The Lodge/Jubilee Stand and Stadium Stand/buildings at Caravan Club site and dwellings at Nos. 1-7 (con) National Sports Centre CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT


At the last Park Working Group on 11th December 2007, Waterman Environmental, who did the EIA study for the Planning Application, summarised their work which had been submitted as part of the Application.  It contained 24 topics including 'Built Heritage', 'Views and Visual Amenity', 'Ecology' and 'Transportation, Access and Movement'.  The document was supported by the many experts who had done the extensive basic studies.


On-track for opening in June 2008 in time for the Youth Games.


The final selection of pre-games training venues will take place on 10th January next year.  Can we look forward to a presence at Crystal Palace? For that we need a crystal ball!


Ray Sacks
Crystal Palace Campaign