Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

On Crystal Palace, I think we all value the future of the arena being assured and we hope that Bromley will rise to do the partnership work to secure the future of the National Sports Hall building. But, on the top site it is quite a sensitive issue. There has been a long process of consensus building and development where the community and the council and other stakeholders have been talking together and I do understand that there is a new proposal for a landmark public building, which would be a modern glass building, which in some ways will echo the old Crystal Palace design. Do you think there is scope for other proposals apart from a hotel development, which may well have traffic-generating problems?

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Answer for Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Update to the Mayors Report (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like you, I was interested to read in the paper about the big, glass egg on the top site. I must say it looked like one of these things which may not ever actually happen. What has been considered, and has been considered by the consultants, was infill development for housing around the broken edge of the site. This is not currently under active consideration because it would require an Act of Parliament to allow such development to take place. There is no way that any of that can be resolved in the next 18 months or so. The hotel development would not require an Act of Parliament. Clearly, if you are turning this into the sort of complex we want to see, and you already have, at the top of the site, the biggest bus station that we have anywhere in London, with so many routes meeting and diversifying, I do think a hotel, to accommodate the increased numbers of spectators and athletes who would be coming to take part, would be a very good way of levering more money in.