Bromley Council are the land owners and local planning authority for all of Crystal Palace Park, that includes the NSC. The Mayor of London, through the GLA, are the long term lease owners of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (approx. 25 acres inside the park, 125 years lease from 2006). Both Authorities have separate new masterplans underway for their respective areas.
NSC Masterplan Design Studies
Latest GLA draft design options and NSC masterplan objectives were shown in October 2018. See here for more details of the planning process. For latest news and proposals see cpsp2020.com/news.
In November 2019 there was Mayoral decision to approves: £1,020,000 for further feasibility and options appraisal for the NSC estate, progressing to concept design stage. This includes procuring a new operator, as the current contract ends in March 2021. The Mayor approves:
- Expenditure of up to £150,000 to appoint a specialist leisure consultant to assist the GLA in the procurement of a new leisure operator for the NSC;
- Expenditure of up to £270,000 for required surveys for the NSC estate, including a measured survey, arboricultural survey, and intrusive building and services condition survey; and
- Expenditure of up to £600,000 for architectural and consultancy services to develop the feasibility design work to concept design stage, reflecting RIBA stage 2, including outline structural and building services design, associated project strategies, preliminary cost information, final project brief and business plan.
Bromley Council Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan
Following the collapse of the “The Crystal Palace Project” to build a modern version of the original Crystal Palace to the same outline size and scale, the London Borough of Bromley is actively delivering a sustainable Regeneration Plan for Crystal Palace Park
Latest outline plans are on the Bromley Council’s portal with the Outline Planning Application reference is 20/00325/OUT click here for link.
The total cost of the Regeneration Plan is currently £40 million (and excluding the NSC areas). The proposed enabling development would deliver circa 50% of the funding requirement with estimated land receipts (estimated up to £24.2m), with grant funding and other income sources funding the remainder.
The outline plans build on View the full Regeneration Plan engagement from 2017 and Exhibition_Boards. These proposals have been revised (e.g for a larger building by the Museum for use by Capel Manor College, and at the rear of the Crystal Palace Farm).
Read the Crystal Palace Park EIA Scoping Report – here (linked to planning application 18/00352/EIA) about the Regeneration of the park – here. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report notes the scheme that was assessed in the 2007 is considerably different to the current masterplan, particularly in relation to the NSC and in the landscaping proposals.
- Up to 210 residential dwellings in 8 buildings up to a total of 5,519 sqm that includes:
- Rockhills Residential Sydenham Villas Community Centre: 140 new, one, two and three bedroom flats. Buildings step down from five storeys towards the street to two storeys towards the park.
- Formation of new vehicular access from Westwood Hill (A212) into the proposed residential development at ‘Rockhills’;
- Amendments to the vehicular access from Westwood Hill to serve new car and coach parking areas and servicing access to Lower Palace Terrace and Italian Terraces;
- Earthworks to re-profile the landscape on the Upper and Lower Palace Terraces, including repairing and re-building the Crystal Palace basement wall, to create gardens on the Upper Palace Terrace and install utilities infrastructure (for temporary use) on the Lower Palace Terrace to support events on the Italian Terraces; landscaping to the Italian Terraces and installation of utilities infrastructure to create 3.8 hectare event space and earthworks to reprofile landscape in the Transitional Landscape area;
Click here for reports and latest information events form Bromley about the wider park regeneration.
Regeneration Plan Statement (26th Sept 2019):
The Regeneration Plan Update (15th November 2018 – click for more details)
While the Council had anticipated submitting an Outline Planning Application in Spring 2018, a number of challenges relating to changes in market conditions and government policy have delayed this submission. Development is still underway, however, and the Council is working hard alongside partners and statutory consultees to develop a strong ‘enabling development’ case to allow the Regeneration Plan to go ahead.
It is now intended for an Outline Planning Application to be submitted in 2019, with the likely commencement of works in 2020.’
Regeneration Plan Statement (26th June 2018):
“While the submission of the Outline Planning Application has been delayed, it is going ahead as intended. The key reason behind the delay has been the necessity to put together a strong Enabling Development case for Historic England and the planning authority, which achieves the right balance of heritage benefit and community benefit within the budget generated by the capital receipts. An Enabling Development case is required to justify residential development on Metropolitan Open Land and subsequent loss of parkland. It is subject to a final discussion with Historic England at the beginning of July, which will help define the OPA, due for submission during the summer.”
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Additionally, in April 2018, Capel Manor College succeeded in a £4.9 million capital expansion funding for a new state-of-the-art education facilities at Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace Park Farm, managed by the College, will benefit from a complete refurbishment, creating new classroom space and enclosures for the animals and other new classrooms and facilities will be created nearby. Click here for Capel Manor news.
In Autumn 2019, Capel Manor College led a public consultation about their proposals (click here). Read the Crystal Palace Park Trust response here.
Master Planning History in Crystal Palace Park
The latest wider park Regeneration Plan is not a new plan, but an updated version of the 2007 Masterplan. The Regeneration Plan criteria:
- Work within the likely Capital Budget available.
- Deliver the vision and regeneration aims.
- Meet the regeneration priorities.
- Respond to community engagement.
- Respond to business plan findings including opportunities for income generation.
- Work where possible within the established Masterplan planning principles.
The 2007 approved Masterplan, identified areas for housing development on the periphery of the park (Sydenham Villas and Rockhills). The capital receipts from the housing would directly enable the wider park’s regeneration alongside additional grant funding, which would need to be secured. This funding is separate to that needed for CP NSC. Read the Bromley led wider park 18/00352/EIA planning application for a scoping opinion here.
Various changes have been made to 2007 Masterplan. So the planned cricket pavilion facility has been removed. This was expected to be a community facility with sports centre use, a multi-purpose clubroom (with changing facilities), which could also be used for meetings, gatherings and other events. Cricket was one of the first sports to be introduced (as early as 1857) into Crystal Palace Park, and it was considered appropriate to reinforce the heritage of this part of the Park.
The 2007 Crystal Palace Park Masterplan -a vision for a Regional Sports Centre
The approved Crystal Palace Park Masterplan (link with illustrations) has outline planning permission for an integrated “Regional Sports Centre” set within the Park. Over 4 years of preapplication consultation this vision was shaped by one of the five core principles of the Masterplan for a “sports and events park“.
The new multi-sport regional sports centre (RSC) stadium (link with accommodation schedule) would be sensitively integrated into the landscape. It includes reprovision of the indoor athletics track. With the combination of the new RSC sports stadium (with the indoor and outdoor athletics tracks), and the Grade II* listed sports hall, it minimised the overall net loss of sports facilities.
The formal sporting facilities proposed for the Park included strategic planning across the Park landscape for organised sporting events and space to undertake runs and cycle routes (for example, schools sports days and triathlons).
The new reconfigured stadium facilities would be located below ground taking advantage of the topography of the Park, with an accessible green roof, and with outside seating up to 3,000 spectators. The RSC has expected use as a large sports centre, indicative footprint 10,910-14,500 sqm. The car parking total was for up to 383 cars, integrated with tree planting to minimise the impact on the surrounding parkland, and with over-flow parking during major events. It was envisaged that the largest likely events at the Park would be held within the stadium area (for up to 30,000).