Disjointed approach to Crystal Palace

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Constituents have told me that they feel under siege from a number of disjointed proposals you are leading in the Crystal Palace area, including: the plans from the ZhongRong Group to build a large commercial development on the park hill top, your plans to demolish the athletics facilities and build a free school in the middle of the park, the study you commissioned to look at regeneration opportunities in some areas adjacent to the park, your proposal that the wider area be designated a Strategic Outer London Development Centre in the Further Alterations to the London Plan, the short-term improvements to the park that you are part-funding following the collapse of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid, and TfL's possible long-term aspiration to extend the Tramlink to the area. Beyond a superficial level, these plans do not appear to be joined up, local stakeholders are not being involved at an early stage to develop a coherent vision for the park and wider area, and important information such as the options appraisal for the National Sports Centre has been withheld. Will you take these comments on board and review your approach?


Answer for Disjointed approach to Crystal Palace

Answer for Disjointed approach to Crystal Palace

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have invested over £20 million in the National Sports Centre (NSC) and the wide range of ideas set out in this public consultation aim to gather views on a future plan to put the centre on a long-term, stable footing and to restore some original aspects of the Park’s landscape. The proposals have been formulated following discussions with a wide range of groups and sporting organisations.

The current consultation is an opportunity for local people and interested parties to voice their opinions, and understand more about the challenges facing the site. No final decisions have been made at this stage and we will now be evaluating the responses to the consultation to shape the development of a more detailed final proposal. We will continue to work with the five boroughs that benefit from the NSC and Crystal Palace as we progress.

Allowing for final postal submissions, we expect a total of more than 2000 responses.